Hungary’s opposition Socialists (MSZP) have called for an amendment to the country’s Penal Code to sanction animal cruelty with custodial jail sentences.
Socialist lawmaker László Kiss (photo: mszp.hu)
László Kiss, Socialist member of Parliament’s legislative commitee, said at a press conference on Thursday that in order to promote prevention, custodial sentences should be imposed on “acts regarded as serious by the society” even if these are not accompanied by another criminal offence.
For this reason, the Socialists have proposed custodial jail terms of up to five years for individuals inflicting unnecessary harm upon a vertebrate animal if this results in the lasting deterioration of health or death of the animal. Under the party’s proposal, recording cruelty to animals with an electronic device would fall under even more severe penalty; the maximum jail term in this case would be eight years in this case, Mr. Kiss added.