Ig signs laws to protect animals


HONOLULU – Animal advocates across Hawai’i are celebrating a successful legislative year with the passage of seven new animal welfare laws.

Hawaiian law now prohibits the sale of cosmetic products derived from animal experiments. The law aims to stop new animal testing for cosmetics and has no impact on the sale of ingredients or cosmetics that were previously tested on animals.

The state has made significant strides in protecting wildlife with three new laws. Hawai’i is now the seventh state to ban the intentional release of balloons, preventing marine animals from suffering needlessly from ingesting or becoming entangled in pieces of balloons.

The Legislature passed a bill allowing Hawai’i to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which will clamp down on wildlife

Hawai’i has also banned the intentional killing of sharks in state waters.

Lawmakers have passed three bills signed by Governor David Ige to improve the welfare of pets. After years of attempts by animal advocates and concerned citizens, Hawai’i now has a law that prohibits the inhuman tethering of dogs and ensures that dogs left unattended are safe and provided with adequate shelter.

Additionally, Hawai’i joins with 48 other states in outlawing animal sexual abuse, a form of abuse that has been linked to child sexual abuse and other acts of violence.

Finally, the legislature passed a bill to protect veterinarians from the responsibility of providing emergency care to animals. This new law also obliges veterinarians to report suspected cases of animal abuse and protects them from any liability in the matter.

Andi Bernat, Senior Director of State Policy for the Humane Society of the United States, said: “We are grateful to Governor Ige and the legislature for recognizing the importance of these issues and thank the dedicated advocates. animals that made this progress possible.