Unique Laws Around the World

There are many different interesting laws worldwide, especially those that have been created many years ago. Regulations can range from a bit odd to straight-up bizarre, which can be found in every nation. Below we will look at some of the unique laws worldwide, as featured in an article on The Lawyer Portal.

  1. In the Salmon Act of 1986, Parliaments made it illegal to hold salmon under suspicious circumstances. 

Unfortunately, you read that correctly. Section 32 of this act states that holding salmon under suspicious circumstances is no longer allowed. This law is specific to Wales and England, making it an offence for anyone who receives or even disposes of salmon in areas where it is likely the salmon could be or has been illegally fished. Penalties range, but the most a person can experience is up to two years in prison. The context behind the legality makes more sense once it is explained; however, it is still interesting to imagine someone being arrested while holding a piece of salmon. 

2. As the owner of chickens in Quitman, Georgia, be sure to keep them from crossing the road. 

Although this concept has become a generational joke, letting chickens in your property cross the road in Quitman is a grave offence. The government encourages owners to have control over their chickens at all times. If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense, considering that letting animals run about along the streets could cause great chaos; however, the specificity of chickens makes for an exciting picture. In addition, Georgia prides themselves on maintaining the sacredness and safety of their chickens, and other parts of the state have unique chicken-based laws as well. Considering that Georgia truly values the chicken, it becomes less surprising that they want to avoid any accidents stemming from them on the roads. 

3. You must smile at all times unless you are at a hospital or funeral while in Milan, Italy.

This particular law is very peculiar. While Italians are known for their friendly demeanour, it is quite intense that the law upholds this as a requirement. This law stemmed from Austro-Hungarian times and was never repealed. The exception to the rule is that staying bedside for an ill family member or friend at a hospital, being a hospital worker, or a funeral goer releases you from this requirement.

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