Vicious Propensity (Entertainment Law) Law and Legal Definition

Vicious propensity is the tendency of an animal to do any act which might cause danger to the safety of persons and property of others in a given situation. Some states recognize a cause of action that imposes strict liability on the owner for injuries inflicted by his/her dog if a victim can establish that the dog is vicious and that the owner knew or should have known about such vicious propensities.

With regard to entertainment law, any person who conducts horse shows, dog shows, and other domestic-animal exhibitions must exercise reasonable care to protect spectators from any harm that might be caused by the animals on exhibition. Any propensity or tendency on the part of an animal which is likely to cause injury to human beings under the circumstances in which the party controlling the animal places him, is a dangerous or vicious propensity within the meaning of the law and any injury caused may lead to a lawsuit.