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Animal poisoning will be punished more severely, breeders will be prosecuted more severely, and participation in animal fights will be a criminal offense, as on Tuesday, Parliament adopted amendments to certain criminal laws necessary for the protection of animals, tabled by Fidesz MPs but supported by all political parties.
Compared to the current provisions of the Penal Code, the legislation expands the qualified cases of damage to nature, animal cruelty, and the organization of illegal animal fighting, state news agency MTI reports.
Here is what will change in the future:
The proposal was adopted unanimously by 168 votes in favor. It was initiated by Fidesz parliamentary group leader Máté Kocsis and Péter Ovádi, the ministerial commissioner responsible for the renewal and implementation of the National Animal Protection Program. Most provisions of the law enter into effect on January 1st.
Animal welfare organizations have been involved in the drafting of the current bill and they took to Facebook to express their gratitude. For example, the Ant Community (Hangya Közösség), which is an umbrella organization for animal protection, which has been supporting the work of rural shelters and animal welfare organizations, wrote “Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this and for the unanimous vote!”
We have already reported about the topic when the law was still a proposal, as well as what happened in previous years leading up to the change, here.
Featured image via Tamás Vasvári/MTI