Executive Order 1130

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Signed by President  William H. Taft  Saturday, October 2, 1909


Under authority vested in me by law, it is ordered:


1. Chapter II of Title XII of Act No. 14, of the Laws of the Canal Zone, is amended by the addition thereto of the following section:

"Section 210½. Every person who shall torture, cruelly beat, abuse, wilfully maltreat, or unnecessarily deprive of liberty any child under the age of eighteen, and every person having custody or possession of a child under the age of fourteen who shall expose it in any highway, street, field, house, or other place with intent to abandon it. is guilty of a misdemeanor."


2. Section 423, Chapter XIV, Title XVI, of Act No. 14, of the Laws of the Canal Zone, is amended to read as follows:

"Section 423. Every person who shall overdrive, overload, torture, cruelly beat or unjustifiably injure, maim, mutilate or kill or deprive of necessary food, drink or shelter, or work when unfit for labor, any animal whether wild or tame and whether belonging to himself or to another, or who, being the owner or possessor or having charge or custody of a maimed, diseased, disabled or infirm animal shall abandon it, or leave it to die in a street, road or other place, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Any police officer may lawfully destroy or cause to be destroyed any animal found abandoned and not properly cared for, appearing, in the judgment of two reputable persons called by him to view the same in his presence, to be injured or diseased past recovery for any useful purpose."


3. Any duly appointed agent of a regularly organized humane society in the Canal Zone may be commissioned by the proper authorities of the Canal Zone as a special police officer for the enforcement of the provisions of this order and of any other law, regulation or order in force in the Canal Zone for the prevention of cruelty to children and animals, and when so commissioned shall be vested for that purpose with all the authority of a member of the Canal Zone Police force.

Signature of William Howard Taft
Wm. H. Taft.

The White House,

October 2, 1909.
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