In a nutshell, animal husbandries require that animals be neutered and confined in pen or cage facilities and they must be handled appropriately, trained, and supervised.
The laws are meant to prevent cruelty to animals and provide humane, effective, and humane living conditions for the animals.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) defines an animal husbandy as “a well-trained and supervised facility that is designed to provide animals with the opportunity to be fully responsible for their actions, and to allow them to feel safe and secure in their surroundings, and in the presence of people.”
According to the HSUS, a “good” animal husband, for example, must have at least two hands free for handling, while a “bad” animal must have no hands free at all.
In order to be considered an animal house, a facility must also be equipped with a “segregation fence,” “a dog crate,” and “a leash.”
The law states that an animal should be free to leave the facility at any time.
However, the law does not explicitly state that a facility can’t be closed or locked for any reason.
“We believe that animals are capable of suffering when they are confined to a small cage, cramped space, and they are not provided with the ability to move, talk, or feel.
It’s a sad state of affairs,” says Rachel Cohen, director of the Humane Society’s Pet Safety and Legislation Program.
In the U.S., shelters are required to keep animals in confinement for 24 hours and must ensure they are kept on a schedule where they can be tested for rabies.
Shelters must also have proper facilities and rules for the care and treatment of animals.
According to Cohen, a shelter that doesn’t comply with the laws and regulations is considered “negligent animal husbanders” and should be fined up to $2,000 per violation.
“The shelters are doing the best they can under the law, but unfortunately they have a lot of discretion in deciding what happens to animals in their care,” Cohen said.
“The shelters that don’t follow the law and the regulations have a legal obligation to provide the animals with a safe, healthy environment, which they can’t do if they’re using cages and confined areas.”
According to a recent survey conducted by the Humane League, an estimated 10 percent of American households have at one time or another adopted a pet.
Approximately 60 million pets are currently living in the U, with more than 200 million in the United Kingdom.
Cohen, however, says it’s not only the pet owners that have a responsibility to ensure the welfare of animals in these shelters.
“A lot of the animals that we’re seeing are being left in the hands of people that are not trained, not equipped, not well cared for, and not supervised,” Cohen says.
“And it’s a huge mistake.
When we’re dealing with these animals, it’s their best chance to survive.”
To learn more about the state of animal husbandrying, check out the HSU’s article “What you need for animal husbandies, animal shelter requirements, and pet safety.”