10 odd drinking by-laws from around the world

Being drunk in charge of livestock (UK/US)

Both the UK and US have laws prohibiting people from taking charge of, or indeed riding, various animals while under the influence.

The second key part of the 1872 Licensing Act declares: Every person . . . who is drunk while in charge on any highway or other public place of any carriage, horse, cattle, or steam engine, or who is drunk when in possession of any loaded firearms… shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings, or in the discretion of the court to imprisonment for any term not exceeding one month.”

Although being wrapped on the knuckles for being drunk in charge of a vehicle or firearm seems sensible – don’t go herding livestock after a few too many pints.

Over in the US meanwhile, it is an offence in the state of Colorado to drink while on horseback.

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