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Poroshenko signs law increasing punishment for animal abuse
08:01, 2 August 2017
Poroshenko signs law increasing punishment for animal abuse

Perpetrators may face up to eight years in prison

08:01, 2 August 2017

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law about toughening criminal responsibility for cruel attitude against animals. The respective record appeared on the website of the presidential administration.

The bill submits certain changes to the Criminal Code of Ukraine. According to the document, from now on, any act of animal abuse committed due to hooligan intentions and/or by cruel methods results in six months-long imprisonment. Any violent act against an animal will be punished by a prison term from three to five years. A perpetrator who committed any violent act, which led to physical or mental trauma or resulted in death of an animal, may face from five to eight years in prison.

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