Attention Rodeo Stock Contractors, Promoters, and County Fair Boards
The provisions of the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act apply not only to companion animals but livestock as well. It is important that stock contractors and promoters be aware of practices and activities that may be considered to be violations of the Act.
- An adequate supply of fresh water shall be provided to animals at all times except during an event that the animal is used.
- In the event of environmental extremes, such as extreme heat from the sun, animals must be provided with proper shelter.
- The use of an electric prod on any livestock in a chute is unacceptable unless the animal has balked or stalled after the chute has been opened.
- Tail twisting, pulling, and raking over fences when an animal is in the chute or as the chute is being opened is unacceptable.
- The use of an electric prod while sorting livestock must be kept to a minimum. Overuse of electric prods while sorting is unacceptable.
- Any animal sustaining injury before, during, or after an event must be provided with appropriate veterinary care as warranted.
It is the animal owner's/caretaker's responsibility to ensure compliance with all Illinois laws pertaining to animal health and welfare while exhibiting or eventing in the state.