Elephants; prohibits use of devices for training, etc., that inflict pain or cause physical injury. (HB302)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cruelty to animals; penalty. Prohibits the use of devices such as a bullhook, axe handle, or block and tackle or the performance of certain practices in order to discipline, train, or control the behavior of an elephant. The bill provides that any person who uses such devices or engages in certain practices that inflict pain or cause physical injury is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor under the cruelty to animals statute. Any person who commits a second violation within five years of a prior conviction is guilty of a Class 6 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100273D
01/04/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2016Impact statement from VCSC (HB302)
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB302)
02/08/2016Referred from Courts of Justice
02/08/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/09/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
02/10/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources