Draft law on fines for stray animal attacks to be submitted to State Duma – News of Yakutia

YAKUTIA.INFO. The State Duma working group for the development of proposals for the improvement of legislation on responsible animal welfare at a meeting on Monday will discuss amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (CAO), which, inter alia, sets fines of up to 200 thousands of rubles for officials for non-compliance with the requirements of the legislation on the treatment of neglected animals. TASS writes about it.

“We intend to amend the Code of Administrative Offenses in addition to those fines that have already been approved at first reading. Until the second reading, if supported by colleagues from the working group, I will impose fines on officials for non-compliance with the requirements of the law on the treatment of stray animals. These will be large fines, up to 200 thousand rubles “, said the head of the working group, first deputy head of the Committee on Ecology, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the State Duma. TASS correspondent on Monday Vladimir Burmatov. According to him, if the members of the working group support this proposal, the deputies will submit the appropriate amendments to the chamber for consideration.

We are talking about the bill, which was submitted to the State Duma in July by Burmatov and the chairman of the Committee on State Construction and Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, in the first reading the State Duma approved the bill in December. The document proposes, inter alia, the imposition of fines for non-compliance with the requirements for keeping pets and their stay without an owner of up to 3 thousand rubles for citizens, up to 15 thousand rubles for employees, up to 30 thousand rubles for legal entities.

“It is clear that officials will also face criminal liability if there are casualties or damage to human health as a result of an attack by homeless animals. But now, in most cases, they have no responsibility for disrupting all measures to enforce this law. . ” he said. Burmatov.

Bite penalties

In addition, Burmatov said, it is proposed to set the same amount of fine in relation to animal owners for biting and attacking humans. “We propose to establish responsibility for bites, that is, for animal owners to attack humans, because all the latest stories we see – Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Transbaikalia, Buryatia – are dogs on their own. Therefore, fines for bites will also be up to 200 “And if that led to serious bodily injury or death, then there would be criminal liability,” Burmatov said. He also stressed that in this case fines will be imposed on the owner of the animal.

At the same time, the MP noted, we can not only talk about domestic animals, but also, for example, animals in circuses and zoos, “where there are cases where an animal attacks spectators or trainers, but if there is no death, then there is no responsibility No “.

“These are adjustments to the administrative legislation that we are now maturing, based on the proposals we are receiving from the regions. People are asking for that,” Burmatov said.

Prohibition of self-walking

Burmatov said Russian Federation officials could be given additional powers under the Animal Welfare Act, including banning self-walking and setting their own rules for keeping pets. The corresponding initiative will be considered on Monday at a meeting of the State Duma working group for the development of proposals for the improvement of legislation on animal welfare.

“Our regions are actively asking us to give them additional powers, that is: to enable them to effectively ban themselves from walking. That is, to extend their powers to lay down rules for keeping pets so that they can to ban self-walking, that they can include fines for self-walking in the regional administrative codes “- said Burmatov.

According to him, it is proposed to make the corresponding amendments to the law on responsible treatment of animals. This includes the additional powers of the areas, “so that they can monitor the population of neglected animals, to introduce, if necessary, a ban on release from shelters, ie to leave the animals for life in a shelter.” “Some leaders believe that it is possible to free animals from shelters in their natural environment, but somewhere they say that in their latitudes or in their climate it is ineffective. “We will give the areas the opportunity, if necessary, to leave such animals to survive in shelters,” he said. Burmatov.

As the MP reminds, the law introduces the OSVV method for non-aggressively neglected animals – trapping, sterilization, vaccination of the animal and its release in the previous habitat. At the same time, according to Burmatov, deputies intend to establish a list of places where the release of animals from shelters is prohibited. “We have such exaggerations when there are trappers who will catch a dog on the ground of a school or kindergarten and then leave it there. It is clear that this is outrage, this should not be done under any circumstances. Gardens, hospitals, we plan to build zones where “In no case is the release of a return allowed,” Burmatov said.

According to him, if the members of the working group support this proposal, the deputies “will implement it as soon as possible”.

Animal shelters

Burmatov added that the State Duma working group for the development of proposals for improving legislation on animal welfare will discuss a draft State Duma resolution at Monday’s meeting with the aim of allocating, among other things, federal funds for construction of shelters for homeless animals.

“This will be a proposal in the draft resolution of the State Duma, because, given the proposals sent to us by the regions, we understand that there are a number of unresolved issues at the level of federal law, where it is necessary for the participation of the Government of the Russian Federation and “Issues related to the allocation of federal funds for the construction of shelters, for the construction of standard shelters based on projects approved by the competent service and sent to the regions, on the accounting for the identification of animals,” said Burmatov.

According to him, the deputies plan to develop a draft resolution in which they recommend to the government of the Russian Federation and the regions to work out these issues. In addition, Burmatov believes, today it is also necessary to provide for the creation of a system for responding to citizens’ appeals. “Regions have repeatedly raised this issue, because today people do not understand where to call if, for example, they see a herd of stray dogs. “There must be a specific center where this information is received, so that the traps can be removed and such animals can be taken to the shelter,” Burmatov said.

According to him, the draft resolution also plans to raise the issue of implementing an animal neutering program “and providing grants to voluntary organizations, ie direct support of volunteers”.

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