I can only guess that this law is being brought forth because of the golf course incident where the guys stole the dog so that they could eat it.
Saturnino Palting, 48, pictured on the right, and Nelson Domingo, 53, left, both of Kalihi. *Smuck Award Winners
Senators Gabbard, Chun Oakland and Espero have introduced Senate Bill 232.
The legislature finds that the consumption of companion animals is inhumane and an offense against the public order. The purpose of this Act is to prevent companion animals from being consumed as human food.
SECTION 2. Section 711-1109, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
“§711-1109 Cruelty to animals in the second degree. (1) A person commits the offense of cruelty to animals in the second degree if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
(a) Overdrives, overloads, tortures, torments, beats, causes substantial bodily injury, or starves any animal, or causes the overdriving, overloading, torture, torment, beating, or starving of any animal, or deprives a pet animal of necessary sustenance or causes such deprivation;
(b) Mutilates, poisons, or kills without need any animal other than insects, vermin, or other pests;
(c) Keeps, uses, or in any way is connected with or interested in the management of, or receives money for the admission of any person to, any place kept or used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any bull, bear, cock, or other animal, and every person who encourages, aids, or assists therein, or who permits or suffers any place to be so kept or used;
(d) Carries or causes to be carried, in or upon any vehicle or other conveyance, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner; [or]
(e) Possesses, sells, purchases, gives away, receives, imports, or exports any live companion animal or carcass of a companion animal for the purpose of using any portion of the live companion animal or its carcass for human food; or
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