Animal welfare law in force since June 1

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Animal rights activist who asked Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi for information on the proclamation of the Animals (Diseases and Importation) Law of 2020 (Amendment) was informed that the Cabinet had approved the proclamation of the law .

It was passed in both Houses of Parliament last year,

Al-Rawi wrote to Marissa Ramnath’s lawyers to inform them that the entire act would be proclaimed with effect from June 1.

The legislation, which amended 19 articles of the 65-year-old law and introduced nine new articles, including, for the first time, specific provisions dealing with animal welfare standards, was assented to on July 3, 2020.

Lawyers Dinesh Rambally, Rhea Khan, Kiel Tacklalsingh and Stefan Ramkissoon wrote to the Attorney General on behalf of Ramnath, described as a public-minded individual interested in the welfare, welfare and treatment of animals.

According to the letter, Ramnath said that the inclusion of section 18 (a) (1) of the law, which creates the offense of cruelly beating, mistreating, starving, abusing, torturing, neglect or mistreat an animal, was a “progressive step towards improving the treatment of animals with TT.”

Ramnath congratulated the GA for including the section. But the letter said the act had not yet been proclaimed, so it “was currently ineffective.

“In these circumstances, we are writing to ask you for information on the planned timetable for the proclamation of this law.”

Ramnath, the letter says, has dedicated time and resources to improving the treatment and welfare of animals in the TT, and has personally funded the construction of houses and facilities for the displaced animals, as well as food, medicine and equipment for stray animals.

“She has become concerned about the increase in animal abuse and cruelty in our society. From these incidents, which are not isolated, it seems that animal abuse and cruelty have become unacceptable in our society.

The law, also known as the Animal Welfare Act, also imposed fines of up to $ 200,000 for animal abuse and cruelty and created a series of care-related offenses. and the appropriate treatment of domestic animals.

On the commercial front, it introduced specific provisions to deal with imports and exports of meat and animals and measures to deal with outbreaks of animal diseases and manage livestock activities. It has also created an Animal Welfare Advisory Committee to advise the Minister of Agriculture and Food Production, who is responsible for animals, on all aspects of animal welfare.

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