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510 ILCS 70/3.03
(510 ILCS 70/3.03)
(a) A person commits animal torture when that person without legal
justification knowingly or intentionally tortures an animal. For purposes of
this Section, and subject to subsection (b), "torture" means infliction of or
subjection to extreme physical pain, motivated by an intent to increase or
prolong the pain, suffering, or agony of the animal.
(b) For the purposes of this Section, "animal torture" does not include
any death, harm, or injury caused to any animal by any of the following
(1) any hunting, fishing, trapping, or other activity
allowed under the Wildlife Code, the Wildlife Habitat Management Areas Act, or the Fish and Aquatic Life Code;
(2) any alteration or destruction of any animal done
by any person or unit of government pursuant to statute, ordinance, court order, or the direction of a licensed veterinarian;
(3) any alteration or destruction of any animal by
any person for any legitimate purpose, including, but not limited to: castration, culling, declawing, defanging, ear cropping, euthanasia, gelding, grooming, neutering, polling, shearing, shoeing, slaughtering, spaying, tail docking, and vivisection; and
(4) any other activity that may be lawfully done to
(c) A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a Class 3
felony. As a condition of the sentence imposed under this Section, the court
shall order the offender to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation
and to undergo treatment that the court determines to be appropriate after due
consideration of the evaluation.
(Source: P.A. 91-351, eff. 7-29-99; 92-650, eff. 7-11-02.)