New Hampshire Criminalizes Cruelty to Wild Animals

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has signed into law House Bill 529 which will make any person who “purposely beats, cruelly whips, tortures or mutilates . . . any wild animal, fish or wild bird,” or who causes such acts, guilty of a class B felony. Any person who “negligently” takes such action shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. The law includes an affirmative defense for “any manner of taking, open season time limits, permitted scientific investigations or wildlife management practices lawful under title XVIII or administrative rules.”