The state of Massachusetts is home to a laundry list of some strange and antiquated laws. Everything from growing goatees to singing the national anthem and even the act of mowing your law has some weird guidelines in the Commonwealth.

There is no shortage of laws in Massachusetts, especially when it comes to driving. We have guidelines dictating who can drive when they can drive, where they can drive, and of course what you can do to your vehicle. Compared to a state like Florida which basically lets you put anything with wheels on the road, the hoops we jump through in Massachusetts are considered overwhelming by some.

One of the things that you're not allowed to do is put animals in the back of your truck bed, no matter how much your dogs love it.

According to Animal Law you're not allowed to have any animal in the bed of your truck.

No person shall transport an animal in the back of a motor vehicle in a space intended for a load on the vehicle on a public way unless such space is enclosed or has side and tail racks to a height of at least 46 inches extending vertically from the floor, the animal is cross tethered to the vehicle, the animal is protected by a secured container or cage or the animal is otherwise protected in a manner which will prevent the animal from being thrown or from falling or jumping from the vehicle. Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50


So even on a back country road in rural Berkshire County, you've got to make sure your furry friends are secured.

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Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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