Animal welfare laws seem rarely enforced

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Although animal welfare law states that people who commit animal offenses will face fines and jail time if found guilty, alleged perpetrators are rarely, if ever, brought to justice.

Tails of Hope Animal Rescue Service, Shari DaSilva told this newspaper that following a number of breaches of the law, the police have made little or no effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Speaking of a more recent incident where a man was filmed cutting a puppy to death, DaSilva said police received evidence but nothing was done. She said the man was never brought to justice even though he had been approached by police. Additionally, it was reported that this man did the same with other animals.

Part II of the Act, which deals with the “Protection of Animals”, states that no one shall subject an animal to unnecessary pain or intentionally expose an animal to a condition which causes or is likely to cause pain, pain or suffering. suffering, fear or injury. It further states that anyone who injures an animal must provide all necessary assistance to the animal or arrange for assistance to be provided. Failing to do so, the person has committed an offense and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of $ 50,000 and to imprisonment for three months.

Noting this, DaSilva recalled an incident in which a woman reported that a man injured her dog. She said the man was brought to justice and fined $ 15,000. However, she explained that there have been many more cases where people have not been arrested despite evidence being made available to the police. Animal abusers get away with it because the law is not enforced, according to the animal rights activist.

By law, it is forbidden to induce animals to be aggressive towards humans or other animals, except in the case of working and hunting dogs under the supervision of qualified persons. People should not train animals to fight or in any way associate with animal fights, including organizing, participating, betting and advertising. They must also not give an animal as a prize in a game of chance; use devices, aids and technical tools aimed at controlling animal behavior through punishment, including claw collars or training devices involving the use of electric current or chemicals. Dog races should not be organized on hard surfaces; animals should not be given any stimulants or illegal substances in order to improve their performance in competitions and sports shows, to gain weight or to improve their growth.

The use of animals in a circus, performance, film, television production, advertisement, exhibition or competition in which an animal is forced to behave in an abnormal manner or is subjected to pain, suffering, fear or injury is prohibited. It is forbidden to force an animal to adopt a behavior which causes or is likely to cause pain, suffering, fear or injury. Exposure to adverse temperatures, weather conditions and hygienic standards unacceptable to individual animal species or lack of oxygen causing them pain, fear or injury is also prohibited.

In July, Facebook users stood up to worry about the safety of a donkey left near Camp Ayanganna for some time due to the rainy weather. Eventually, guards from the Sheriff’s Security Service came to the aid of the abandoned animal. If anyone had been prosecuted for this offense, they would be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $ 100,000 and six months in jail.

Other offenses punishable by the same fine and the same prison sentence, if convicted, consist of giving any food or animal substance which will cause death; and forcing an animal to consume artificial or unnatural food substances, unless scientifically justified or instructed by a veterinarian for animal health reasons. It is also illegal to neglect an animal in terms of health, housing, nutrition and care; cut off sensitive parts of the body of a living animal; use traps other than those specified; feed live animals as hunting bait; or restrict the movement of an animal in a way that causes pain, suffering, fear or injury. It is also specified that, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary provided for in the foregoing, any person may carry out any necessary acts or do whatever is necessary (a) for the health and protection of an animal, the fight against parasites and control of people and animal diseases; and (b) controlling the movements of an animal kept for production purposes by using electric shocks and installing electric fences.

There is also the Animal Welfare Act, which states that an owner who abandons an animal, whether domestic, companion, wild or otherwise, under their control, exposes a raised or cultivated wild animal to the environment. nature or installs it in the wild unless prepared to survive in such an environment, in accordance with a special program or to inflict pain, suffering or injury to an animal during training, is guilty of an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $ 50,000 and imprisonment for three months. Ear and tail trimming in dogs, declawing cats, devocalization and other interventions aimed at altering the phenotypic appearance of the animal are also prohibited.

Addressing the offense of killing animals, the law states that a person can kill an animal humane when the medical treatment of the animal is likely to last for a long time, cause suffering and the outcome of the treatment. is uncertain; the animal has reached an advanced age and its vital functions are failing; or the animal suffers from an incurable disease. It is necessary for the implementation of measures to combat diseases in general and in particular for diseases which threaten man and are liable to cause great economic damage; the animal constitutes a danger to the community; it is made for the purpose of controlling parasites; it is necessary for the purpose of carrying out an experiment on the animal or producing biological preparations or after the end of the experiment or after having used the animal for the production of biological preparations; the animal is injured and is unlikely to recover or recover without undue pain.

In addition, the humane killing of animals, in general, should be carried out by a veterinarian or a qualified veterinary technician under the supervision of a veterinarian, unless otherwise specified and in the following cases: the humane killing of animals animals raised or kept for production; the humane slaughter of animals for the purposes of education, experimentation or biological preparation; pest control; when it is necessary to humanely kill an animal without delay because it is in severe and incurable pain. The owner of an animal suffering from severe and incurable pain must immediately have the animal slaughtered humanely. The owner of an animal who does not comply with the above is guilty of an offense.

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