Keeping pets in Nakuru? Be aware of new punitive regulations proposing tough penalties for people convicted of animals cruelty
SEE ALSO :Firms sue county for Sh54mIt 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 :Hospital accused of hiking chargesThe committee will also formulate or review regulations relating to the welfare of animals in consultation with the county executive committee. The Bill, sponsored by Agriculture and Livestock Executive Immaculate Njuthe, further prohibits certain performances and exhibitions that involve untrained animals. It also bars enticing animals to fight for sports and entertainment. Anyone found guilty of these offences will be liable to a fine of up to Sh100,000 or two years in jail, or both. The Bill also says a person who commits animal abuse that does not cause serious injury or death is guilty of a serious crime, while a person who causes serious injury is guilty of an aggravated crime.