Posts Tagged ‘pet laws’

New Animal Cruelty Laws in Two Unlikely Countries

New Animal Cruelty Laws in Two Unlikely Countries

by: Sharon Seltzer 1 day ago

Two far-east countries that are infamous for violations against human rights are making a very unlikely compassionate leap by instituting their first policies to protect animals.  The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal has passed its first Animal Welfare Act and the People’s Republic of China has drafted the China Animal Protection Law.

 

The recently approved Animal Welfare Act in Nepal already has two initial projects in the works.  The building of the country’s first animal sanctuary for rescued animals and a separate sanctuary for donkeys.  Both are scheduled to open in mid October.

 

The shelter will house rescued animals and include a veterinary hospital and spay and neuter clinic.

 

The donkey sanctuary already has 14 rescued animals waiting to be transferred to the facility.  They are part of a rescue mission from one of the worst cases of animal cruelty Nepal has ever witnessed – 55 other donkeys died during that tragedy. 

 

The abuse to donkeys is widespread in Nepal because they are frequently used for labor and made to carry heavy loads on their backs.  They are crowded into small sheds and given little food or water. 

 

Animal Nepal, a network of animal rights activists, hopes the new Animal Welfare Act will, “Raise awareness against animal cruelty.”  The group has been fighting for the new law for many years.

 

The China Animal Protection Law

In China, the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is very proud of the drafted Animal Protection Law about to be considered by the Chinese government.  The organization has been trying to get legislation like this passed for more than a decade. 

 

Paul Littlefair, senior program manager with the RSPCA’s international department said, “It is a very significant landmark – when it is passed it will be the first time in China’s history that the state is sending a clear message to every citizen: ‘the way we treat animals, matters’.”

 

The Chinese Animal Protection Law encompasses a vast area of animal welfare. It addresses the deliberate cruelty to animals and the inhumane culling methods used against dogs. It also stops the live skinning of animals for their fur and the feeding of live farm animals to big cats in zoos and wildlife parks.

 

Overall it protects six categories of animals, those on farms, in laboratories, pets, working animals, animals in entertainment and wild animals.

 

The RSPCA is committed to staying in China to see that all of these initiatives are implemented.  The group will also promote education to the public about many of the misconceptions they have regarding animals.  Many Chinese believe the cruel practice of culling dogs is the only method of destroying rabies and are unaware that vaccines are available for both the prevention of the disease and to cure it once someone has been affected.   Furthermore the organization will help oversee that the new law is enforced. 

 

Legal experts from the government have put the final touches on the proposal and sent it to be reviewed. Chang Jiwen, who helped draft the law said, “It’s different from Western laws.  For example, we won’t require keepers to give dogs shelters as most Chinese cannot afford that.  Only people who unnecessarily and intentionally abuse animals will be punished.”  He hopes regulations in the future will be more sophisticated and move toward Western laws.

 

However even before the China Animal Protection Law has been voted on, it is being credited with stopping the latest dog culling that was ordered to begin this week.

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To me this information is great. It looks like our efforts are not in vain and that the world is beginning to realize the place our animals have in our ecosystem. I know they have a tough long battle ahead of them. Laws are great but without enforcement they are useless. The best part of laws is that they begin to hold people accountable for their actions and give importance to a situation. They raise awareness and help shift public attitudes. They are the essential ingredient to fixing the injustices of the world. Once the foundations are laid over time we will see mass acceptance. 

I am telling you a revolution is upon us. The idea of democracy is being embraced by the majority of the world. One of the prevailing attitudes of this concept is equal rights and fairness. I am glad to note it is also one that promotes animal rights and global environmental concerns. Folks all we need is for each of us to push a little harder right now wherever we are. Every voice online is like 20 that are not. SPEAK UP! IT WORKS.


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UPDATE: Feral Cats near Salt Lake City, UT

You are right, this is a huge problem in many areas of the country. The biggest reason these cat problems exist is because of people like “The crazy cat lady” down the street who harbors and feeds all 50 of the neighbor strays. I have known many people to do this.
It always comes back to enforcement of pet laws and regulations. I believe if we had enforcement of complaints and leash laws we could remedy the situation. Problems arise over funding of Animal Control officers and their financial limitations on enforcement. We need to shift this job to police and National Guard Reserves. These folks are trained to handle ignorant and abusive individuals. Get these people on the ground making inspections and enforcing pet laws we now have on the books.

Read Full Story Belowhttp://animalcontrol.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/update-feral-cats-near-salt-lake-city-ut/#comment-44


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Arrow through the head!

Don’t chain your dog!

Over the next couple of years I am going to lobby hard for a new law of pet responsibility that says a dog cannot be chained for more than 3 hours a day. I do not believe there is a justifiable argument anywhere for this and I have heard them all. If you dont have a secure fenced in yard you have no business owning a dog or cat.




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Earth Liberation Front (ELF)

Hey I used to rally with PETA way back, but I never participated in destroying public or private property. I believe in peaceful protesting.

Do we understand how difficult it is to pass any animal protection bills at all? I believe as long as they can confine this law to animals and not include people “vegans” it will be ok. What I mean is keep this law to research facilities and others that openly use animal testing for any reason. It’s never right to do wrong in order to do right, never. Two wrongs don’t make a right. It is never ok to kill or destroy property for any reason. I am admittedly against animal testing and have boycotted every company I know is using this form of research. Procter and Gamble is enemy number one.

Extremists never help the cause even though that’s a clear intention. I was just wondering what was wrong with the law before AETA? Were people getting away scott-free for blowing up research facilities in the name of animal protection?

I don’t see the need for it, but if we have it we can at least keep extremism from gaining popularity. It would make organizations spend resources on effective means of influence. Spreading fear is not an answer. Distributing facts and truth gets results.

Read full story below.

http://animalblawg.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/radio-as-animal-enterprise-some-further-thoughts-on-aeta/#comment-693


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3 days is plenty of time to reclaim your pet.

Well what do we expect. People without pets are having to pay for people who do have pets and they are tired of it. Comeon, lets get real here. If you havent been frantically searching for your pet from the moment it went missing, chances are good you wont miss your pet when it gets euthanized.
I know this is a hard stance but I have raised 14 dogs that people abandoned, with many problems and understand the responsibility I take on when I take one in. Every one of these dogs have lived 15 years or longer. Keeping your fence up and in good condition, training, spending time and money on health care and bonding are all vital aspects to the responsibilities of pet ownership.

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http://www.animallawcoalition.com/public-shelters/article/952#comments