Earlier this week Nebraska lawmakers gave first round approval to a bill that would add provisions to state law regarding the process and procedures in instances of livestock animal neglect or cruelty. The bill, LB 432
, was introduced by the Legislature’s Agriculture Committee to provide a framework for local officials when responding to such instances by putting in place protocols for the seizure and disposition of livestock animals under a warrant, the euthanasia of animals if warranted and provides for custody agreements between a local sheriff and livestock owners to avoid animal seizure. An Agriculture Committee amendment which removed portions of the bill providing duties to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture was adopted before the bill advanced.
Livestock abuse and neglect cases are rare, but the legislation helps provide a framework to ensure such instances are handled appropriately. Nebraska Farm Bureau supports the bill.