CSSB 284(STA): "An Act relating to cruelty to animals."

00CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 284(STA) 01 "An Act relating to cruelty to animals." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 11.61.140(a) is amended to read: 04  (a) A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if the person 05  (1) knowingly [INTENTIONALLY] inflicts severe [AND 06 PROLONGED] physical pain or prolonged suffering on an animal; 07  (2) with criminal negligence, fails to care for [RECKLESSLY 08 NEGLECTS] an animal and, as a result [OF THAT NEGLECT], causes the death of 09 the animal or causes severe physical pain or prolonged suffering to the animal; or 10  (3) kills an animal by the use of a decompression chamber. 11 * Sec. 2. AS 11.61.140(b) is amended to read: 12  (b) It is a defense to a prosecution under (a)(1) or (2) of this section that the 13 conduct of the defendant 14  (1) conformed to accepted veterinary or animal husbandry practice;

01  (2) was part of scientific research governed by accepted standards; or 02  (3) was necessarily incident to lawful hunting or trapping activities.