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Leaving alone in cars, gifting, providing photo services with animals now punishable by fines and imprisonment

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the law, the length of the leash on an animal must be not less than 20 meters, and for watch dogs - not less than 10 meters
16:15, 11 November 2021

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The law № 1684-IX on the prohibition of cruelty to animals came into force in Ukraine on November 8. Head of the patrol police of Ukraine Oleksiy Biloshytsky reminded that on his Facebook page.

The document prohibits the following:

  • cruel treatment or killing of pets and stray animals;
  • to kill animals by drowning, suffocation, use of electric current and poison;
  • violation of the rules of transportation of animals, if such actions have led to bodily injury, mutilation or death of the animal;
  • provide photo services with wild animals;
  • give pets as awards or prizes;
  • to train animals in a cruel way;
  • begging with animals, in particular homeless ones;
  • leave the animal without the possibility of shelter indoors or in the closed interior of the car in the absence of a person, as well as at air temperatures above +20 and less than +5 degrees Celsius;
  • propaganda of animal cruelty;
  • walling up animals in basements;
  • leave the pet tethered unattended in public places, near bus stops, shops, etc.;
  • killing of temporarily isolated homeless pets;
  • regulation of the number of animals by biologically justified methods and by euthanasia. Only biosterilization and sheltering is allowed.

Related: Law banning animal abuse takes effect in Ukraine

According to the law, the length of the leash on an animal must be not less than 20 meters, and for watch dogs - not less than 10 meters.

In case of violation of the above prohibitions, violators will be fined from 3400 to 5100 hryvnias ($130 to $195) with confiscation of the animal, if the stay of the animal with the owner is a threat to its life or health.

And the same actions committed against two or more animals, or by a group of persons, or a person who has already been prosecuted for the same violation during the year - the imposition of a fine of 5100 to 8500 hryvnias ($195 to $325) or administrative arrest for up to 15 days, with confiscation of the animal, if the stay of the animal with the owner is a threat to its life or health.

The Criminal Code is supplemented by the article "Animal cruelty". According to the law, "cruel treatment of vertebrate animals, in particular stray animals, committed intentionally and causing injury or death of animals, as well as the baiting animals on each other or other animals, committed for hooligan or selfish motives, public appeals to the commission of acts which show signs of cruel treatment of animals, as well as the dissemination of materials calling for such acts, shall be punishable by arrest for up to six months or restriction of liberty for up to three years." If the same was done in the presence of a minor - restriction or imprisonment for 3-5 years.

The most severe punishment - imprisonment for 5-8 years - threatens those who are particularly cruel to animals, doing so in the presence of minors, or for two or more animals, or repeatedly, or in a group of persons.

The law also defines the concept of a mobile menagerie - it is specially equipped non-capital buildings, temporary premises, transport, mobile cages, fences, other mobile structures used by cultural institutions, circuses, mobile circuses, tour centers and other persons for keeping and transporting wild animals from for the purpose of their use in circus, pop, entertainment activities (public and private), as well as for their public demonstration, involvement in shows, exhibitions that have no scientific significance.

Administrative liability for cruel or irresponsible treatment of animals begins at the age of 14, and criminal - from 16 years.

The law allows the confiscation of animals in cases of ill-treatment. It may also be forbidden to keep any pets at home for 5 years.

Related: Ukraine introduces increased penalties for cruelty to animals

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