Law on responsible treatment of animals signed by President Putin
MOSCOW, December 28 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill on responsible treatment of animals into law, the official website of legal information reads on Friday.
According to the document, a person can’t get rid of an animal in an arbitrary manner for it must be transferred either to a new owner or an animal shelter. Animals can’t be slayed under any pretense, organization of animal fights, setting animals on other creatures and humans are all forbidden, the law reads. Also, propaganda of cruel treatment of animals as well as keeping wild animals in apartments, private houses and land plots, are all banned.
The law forbids special zoos of a “contact type” often found in malls as well as keeping animals in bars, cafes and restaurants.
The document retains only one program on dealing with stray animals: capture, sterilization, vaccination and return to previous habitat. A strayed animal should be immediately transferred to a shelter and if there are special call marks, it should be returned to an owner. The capture of stray animals must be done accompanied by video capture and publishing of information on animals put in shelters.
Animal shelters also received new regulations. These organizations can’t be established in apartments, must publish information on new animals and so on. Additionally, there will be prescribed requirements for the maintenance and use of animals for cultural and entertainment purposes, cases where it is possible to use pets in business activities. Shelters are forbidden from killing animals without veterinary certificate on untreatable disease or lethal trauma.
Pets must be walked only in a regulated manner, ensuring safety of citizens, animals, property belonging to individuals and legal entities. Pets must not move unrestricted on automobile roads, in elevators and similar areas.
Walking a potentially dangerous dog without a muzzle and a leash, regardless of the place of walking, is prohibited, unless a potentially dangerous dog is located in a fenced area owned by the owner of the dog. The presence of this dog should be made warning sign at the entrance to this area. The list of potentially dangerous dogs is approved by the government of Russia.