MOSCOW, March 30 (RAPSI) — A bill envisaging introduction of mandatory registration and statistics data monitoring with respect to pets has been submitted to the State Duma, according to the official database of the lower house of the Russian parliament.

One of the main sources, from which the population of stray animals is replenished, is pets that are lost or abandoned by their owners. In this regard, it is proposed to make an amendment establishing the requirement for mandatory registration and monitoring of animals, what will permit to return lost animals to their owners, and will also be a deterrent factor when the animals are left by their owners. It is proposed to empower the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation to establish the procedure for registering pets (dogs and cats), the explanatory note to the bill reads.

The respective changes are to be made to the federal law on responsible treatment of animals.

In addition, in order to discipline the keeping of pets, the document proposes to establish that a federal executive body is to be empowered to introduce uniform rules for keeping pets (dogs and cats) on the territory of the Russian Federation.

The author of the initiative is the Legislative Assembly of the Chelyabinsk Region.