Agricultural animals; care by owner, penalty. (SB1026)

Introduced By

Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Care of agricultural animals by owner; penalty. Provides standards of care specifically for agricultural animals that ensure accommodation for customary farming activities. The bill also clarifies certain procedures for the seizure and impoundment of agricultural animals. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101689D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/21/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1026)
02/07/2011Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Committee substitute printed 11104902D-S1
02/08/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1026S1)
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Read second time
02/08/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104902D-S1
02/08/2011Amendment by Senator McEachin withdrawn
02/08/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1026S1
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Placed on Calendar
02/09/2011Read first time
02/09/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/16/2011Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2011Read second time
02/18/2011Read third time
02/18/2011Passed House (88-Y 7-N)
02/18/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (88-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1026ER)
02/24/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1026ER)
02/24/2011Signed by Speaker
02/24/2011Signed by President
03/26/2011Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/05/2011Placed on Calendar
04/06/2011Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (11-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011Communicated to Governor
04/29/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 886 (effective 7/1/11)
04/29/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0886)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Tim2011 writes:

Like HB1541, this is a terrible bill that effectively weakens the already minimal laws protecting animals from cruelty. The only requirement for an agricultural animal to have a healthy life, according to this bill, is food and water to prevent dehydration or starvation. Wow -- we're really shooting for the stars here!

It's no wonder that the bill originated in the factory farming industry, which subjects pigs, chickens, and cows to horrific conditions in order to maximize their profits. It's supported by the VA Agribusiness Council and the Farm Bureau, so that should tell you all you need to know: this is all about protecting the economic interests of corporate "farms" and has NOTHING at all to do with animal welfare.