The Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, passed in the first reading bill No.5119-1. It offers amendments to certain laws of Ukraine, concerning human treatment of animals, particularly pets.
243 MPs voted for the document.
According to the explanatory note, the bill aims to strengthen the administrative and criminal responsibility for violent treatment of animals, such as tormenting, pitting, killing them and spreading public propaganda of this negative feature.
The bill offers to set the following restrictive measures: fine in the amount of 125 to 315 U.S. dollars for any action making an animal suffer physically or mentally; from 6 months to 3 years in prison for extremely violent actions, conducted for hooligan or commercial reasons. If any such actions are committed in presence of an infant, the perpetrator may face an imprisonment from 3 to 5 years.
Any extremely violent action committed by an individual or a group of persons, which led to serious damage or death of the animal, will be punished by 5 to 8-years-long term in jail.