Humane law enforcement

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Humane law enforcement is the enforcement of humane laws relating to animals.

Agencies and personnel[edit]

Humane law enforcement officers are generally members of police departments who are trained alongside other police officers and empowered by the police departments [1]. Humane law enforcement may be performed by government agencies, private agencies, or both, depending on the jurisdiction. Individuals who perform humane law enforcement duties include police officers, humane law enforcement officers, and animal control officers.


The duties of humane law enforcement personnel also depend on the jurisdiction. Their duties may include performing routine patrol to look out for violations of humane laws, answering complaints relating to violations of humane laws, making arrests or issuing summonses for violations of humane laws, and seizing animals due to violations of humane laws. They may also perform undercover work.[2]

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