Legislation for animal police force Looks Not Strong: NGO

The legislation regarding the creation of an animal police force is problematic as it does not refer to penalties or measures which actually help, the Cyprus Association for the Protection of Animals warned on Friday. Under the current law, police are in any case already obliged to deal with some of the provisions of the relevant law which were selected to be included in the legislation, the organisation argues, saying “they prepared a three-page flawed and problematic bill”.

According to the announcement, for the animal police to be effective, it must “address all the provisions of Law 46 (1) 94 on the protection and welfare of animals and the law on dogs”. “For each violation, an extrajudicial fine should be imposed as provided by the law on out-of-court settlement of crimes against animals of 2002, which has unfortunately been ignored.”

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