Connecticut Law Removes Horses' Vicious Label

Connecticut Law Removes Horses’ Vicious Label

In response to a recent court ruling in Connecticut, a bill is on its way to the governor’s desk to protect the horse industry. The State Senate approved the measure, declaring horses are not inherently dangerous, with an unanimous vote on Tuesday. House Members backed the bill last month.

In February, the state’s Supreme Court upheld an Appellate Court decision involving a boy bitten by a horse. The ruling stated horses belong to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.” The four Supreme Court justices said the question of whether an animal is naturally dangerous must be considered individually by the lower courts.

“The agriculture sector of Connecticut’s economy has been growing significantly over the past couple of years, and we need to ensure that the laws in our state statutes encourage this growth,” said Governor Dannel Malloy, who introduced the legislation. He said the recent court decision “went too far.”

The horse industry reportedly contributes $3.5 billion annually to the state’s economy and about 28,000 jobs.

The law, once signed, clarifies that domesticated horses are not wild animals, so they are not “inherently dangerous.”