Laws often come to life to meet society’s needs and reflect the morals of the day. Then society and morality evolve. But somehow some of those old-fashioned laws never make it off the books. Let’s take a look at some of the more unusual Virginia laws.
Laws Relating to Animals
We all come in contact with animals at some point in lives, whether it’s a pet, a farm animal, or a wild animal. So, it probably makes sense that some of our laws will have to do with animal-related issues:
- According to the Virginia Code, it’s illegal to hunt on Sunday unless you are hunting racoons. However, you can only hunt them until 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
- It’s illegal to kill or capture any wild animal or wild bird in an area next to a forest fire or field fire.
- Feel free to feed the sea gulls. Under no circumstances should you spit on a seagull or you may be fined.
- It’s okay to enjoy unusual pets as long as you stay within the law. However, Prince William County residents should skip the skunk section of the local pet store.
- If you’re ever visiting Culpepper, make sure you do NOT wash your mule on the sidewalk.
And a Few About Humans.
Lawmakers over the years have had some definite ideas about interactions between people:
- It’s against the law to tickle women. Feel free to tickle men and cute babies, though.
- There’s actually a state law prohibiting corrupt practices of bribery by any person other than
- When chatting with friends over coffee in Norfolk, just pick up the check. It’s illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for that coffee.
- When it comes to language, keep your electronic device communications clean! Section 18.2-427 of the Code of Virginia prohibits indecent language, and proposals of indecent behavior, or threats. Next time you’re tempted to send someone a text telling them where to go or what to do with themselves, remember you are about to commit a Class 1 misdemeanor.
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