MOSCOW, July 9 (RAPSI) – Chair of Russia’s Bar Association for Human Rights, advocate Maria Arkhipova has proposed to introduce a post of the animal rights ombudsman, according to the organization’s press service.

She believes such an ombudsman must visit animal shelters and assess their conditions.

Moreover, Arkhipova thinks expedient creation of animal charities to become a licensed activity. She also proposes to oblige persons providing animal housing to have medical or veterinary education.

Letters with the proposals on additional measures guaranteeing clearance of rights of animals will be forwarded to the State Duma’s authorized committee and Russia’s government, the statement reads.

Currently, the State Duma MPs work on amendments to the Code on Administrative Offenses protecting the rights of animals and stipulating responsibility for leaving pets unattended, violation of rules of animal housing, use of animals at cultural events and shows.