In Hawaii, provisions relating to animal cruelty in first degree is found in HRS §711-1108.5. HRS §711-1108.5 states that “a person commits the offense of cruelty to animals in the first degree if s/he intentionally or knowingly tortures, mutilates, or poisons or causes the torture, mutilation, or poisoning of any pet animal or equine animal resulting in serious bodily injury or death of the pet animal or equine animal.” However, these practices when used/done as a part of scientific research, pursuant to accepted veterinary practices, or cropping or docking as customarily practiced is not considered cruelty.
HRS § 711-1109 deals with cruelty to animals in the second degree. It states that a person who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly overdrives, overloads, tortures, torments, inflicts cruelly, starves, deprives a pet animal of necessary sustenance, mutilates, poisons, needlessly kills, or engages in animal fighting enterprises is guilty of the offense of misdemeanor.
Pursuant to HRS § 711-1109.3, a person commits the offense of cruelty to animals if s/he owns or trains a dog to fight, and engages in dog fighting activities for the purpose of amusement or gain