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The definition of “dumb animal” includes every living creature.

Full Text of the Law

39-3-101 Definitions.

In this part, and in every law relating to or affecting animals, the words animal or dumb animal shall be held to include every living creature; the words torture, torment, or cruelty shall be held to include every act, omission, or neglect whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death is caused or permitted; but nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting the shooting of birds or game for the purpose of human food, or the use of animate targets by incorporated gun clubs.

[Acts 1881, ch. 169, § 13; 1895, ch. 75, §§ 2, 3; Shan., § 2870; mod. Code 1932, § 5104; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 39-401.].

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