CHAPTER 375

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 356 AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND SUBCHAPTER IV, CHAPTER 3, TITLE 11, DELAWARE CODE, CONCERNING CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware (two-thirds of all the members elected to each house concurring therein):

Section 1. Subchapter IV, Chapter 3, Title 11, Delaware Code, is hereby amended by adding thereto a new Section 350 to read as follows:

§ 350. Cruelty to animals; sale, raffle, offer and display of chicks, ducklings, goslings and rabbits

(a) No chick, duckling, gosling, or rabbit that has been dyed or otherwise colored artificially may be sold or offered for sale; raffled; offered or given as a prize, premium, or advertising device; or displayed in any store, shop, carnival, or other public place.

(b) Chicks, ducklings, and goslings younger than four weeks of age may not be sold or offered for sale; raffled; or offered or given as a prize, premium, or advertising device, in quantity of less than six birds to an individual person.

(c) Stores, shops, vendors, and others offering chicks, ducklings, or goslings for sale, raffle, or as a prize, premium, or advertising device, or displaying chicks, ducklings, or goslings to the public, shall provide and operate brooders or other heating devices that may be necessary to maintain the chicks, ducklings, or goslings in good health, and shall keep adequate food and water available to the birds at all times.

(d) Whoever violates subsections (a), (b), or (c) of this section shall be fined not less than ten dollars ($10) nor more than twenty-five dollars ($25); provided that, after any violation has been called to the attention of the violator by any law officer.

each day on which such violation continues or is repeated shall constitute a separate offense and violation.

(e) Justices of the Peace of the State of Delaware shall have jurisdiction over offenses committed under this section.

Approved April 26, 1972.