04/07/2017 |06:46 pm.
With the intention of deterring the sad practice of maltreating the animals, the representative of the New Progressive Party (NPP), Samuel “Sammy” Pagan Square, filed a draft amendment to the “Law for the Welfare and Protection of Animals” for the purpose of increasing the penalties and fines for those convicted of this crime.
The Project the Camera 924 ordered the amendment of Article 2.7 (B) of the Act No. 154 of the August 4, 2008 and provides that the mistreatment of animals worsened, considered as felony of the second degree severe, to have a sentence of 15 years and one day to up to 25 years in prison. Currently, the penalty is imprisonment of eight years and one day to up to 15 years.
“We must stand out as a society sensitive and avant-garde, that respects, protects and takes care of their animals. An aggravating factor in the penalties relating to the animal abuse is necessary, to achieve the protection of these helpless who deserve a fair and dignified treatment. In addition, it is imperative to raise awareness in society about the consequences of violating this Law, and deter future aggressors”, expressed the representative of district 35 in the explanatory memorandum of the draft.
On the fines, Pagan Square stated in a press release that, if the person qualifies, would have to pay a minimum of $15,000 up to a maximum of $25,000. Currently, they are $10,000 to $20,000, which represents an increase of $5,000 in both figures.
“Despite the efforts promulgated by the Law, this Legislative assembly, means meritorious take additional measures in favour of the protection of animals. With the present legislation is intended to impose more severe punishments, since the cases are on the rise,” added the legislator of Humacao, Naguabo, and Las Piedras.
The extent has the endorsement of animal protection organisations such as the foundation Ximena Save the Stray Animals. The president and founder of this organization with headquarters in Humacao, and that is dedicated to nurture and to attend to the dogs and feral cats, Ximena Portal, endorsed the project.
During the last few months, there have been several cases of animal abuse that have shaken the country as the individual who pulled with his mouth the head of a puppy of two months of the race chihuahua in the middle of an altercation of domestic violence in Lares.
The legislation also mentions that in the town of Cayey, was arrested to a man, after allegedly throwing boiling water to a dog and then shoot him with a rifle of peel, which subsequently caused the death of the animal.
At the beginning of February in Vega Alta, “rescuers found two dogs that were tied up and had several wounds, which are presumed to be due to that the canes were swept to death. These heinous crimes evidence of the intolerance and lack of respect of some for the animals”, we pray in the project.