Victory for Animal Rights in Thailand
According to the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s Nataional Legislative Assembly approved an animal welfare bill—the first in the country’s history to punish people who abuse or neglect animals.
The bill was passed on Wednesday, November 12 by 188-1 votes.
The law holds animal owners responsible for the welfare and living conditions of animals and outlaws animal abuse of domestic pets, animals kept for food, and working animals, according to the Bangkok Post.
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The law allows officials to search homes or businesses if animal cruelty is reported, and perpetuators could be sentenced up to two years in prison and/or a 40,000 baht fine, reports the Bangkok Post.
Several animal rights groups have reportedly called the new legislation a victory for animal rights in Thailand. Still, John Dalley, co-founder and Vice President of the Soi Dog Foundation, expressed in a public statement that the law is too vague about what is legal or illegal leaving it far too open to interpretation.
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