Why your hungry cat might land you in jail
SEE ALSO :Uhuru's tax gamble that enraged KenyansIt also prohibits the slaughtering of an animal while others watch. In addition, taking or circulating videos or pictures of animals being mistreated will cost offenders Sh200,000 in fines or up to two years in jail. Animal owners are also expected to provide them with enough food and water, conducive and sanitary conditions, and a clean environment that is not over-crowded. The Bill mandates animal owners to provide ventilated shelters sufficient to provide “adequate protection from the elements and weather conditions suitable for the age, species and physical condition of the animal”. If approved by the county assembly, the proposed legislation will create a committee known as the County Animal Welfare Committee whose responsibilities will be to establish an animal shelter to care for rescued animals.
SEE ALSO :Raila runs into protest against taxAccording to Dr Njuthe, the Bill has received wide support and is expected to be tabled in the county assembly this week, after ward reps resume sittings after a long recess. Minimise cruelty Njuthe expressed confidence that, if passed, the new law would minimise cases of cruelty against animals in the county, ensure decent care for domestic animals and protection for stray wildlife. There have been a number of cases of animal cruelty and neglect in the county in the recent past. In June, James Kimani, 26, was jailed for slaughtering a cat for the purpose of human consumption in Nakuru town. He also pleaded guilty to slaughtering the cat in an undesignated place.
SEE ALSO :Traders to pay more in new county taxesThere was also an outcry against the mistreatment of donkeys in Naivasha and scores of neglected animals roaming the streets and estates.