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Sweeping Animal Protection Legislation Finally Brought to Iranian Parliament

The bill outlaws all forms of cruelty to animals (beatings, torture, deliberate injuries, unnecessary surgeries, mutilating, mass murder or killing animals whether for food, clothing, or other products, and keeping of animals for entertainment, education, research, etc.), and specifies violators' punishment and imprisonment terms.

TEHERAN TIMES: ‘A long-awaited bill on protection of animals which had been proposed over 3 years ago was finally brought to the Majlis (Iranian Parliament)… Since 2016, some animal cruelty cases have been spotted in the country which mounted public criticism and pushed the Majlis to pass a law against cruelty to animals.

The Department of Environment (DOE) proposed a bill on protection of animals, which was decided to be initially approved by the presidential office for legal affairs and then the Majlis and in case of approval to be sent to the Expediency Council.

The bill outlaws all forms of cruelty to animals and considers the violators punishment and imprisonment.
The bill on protection of animals will be enacted a law consisting of 8 articles; which will be the first law on animal protection in the country, Katayoun Jahangiri, an environmentalists said.

It concerns any kinds of animal abuse such as beatings, torture, deliberate injuries, unnecessary surgeries, mutilating, mass murder or killing animals whether for food, clothing, or other products, and keeping of animals for entertainment, education, research, and etc., she explained.

Destruction of habitats or nesting sites, poisoning the animals or their food, abduction, release of the stray animals or non-native species in the margins of towns, villages or nature are considered a crime by the law, she added.

Any kind of exploitation or use of animals that is not compatible with the nature and their life cycle, including sexual abuse, persecute, animal circuses, training or using the animals for illegal purposes, including warfare are outlawed, she noted.

She went on to say that not considering ethics or health factors in their captive breeding, keeping, researching, transporting, buying, selling, importing and exporting animals so as to cause suffering, sickness and injury to the animal, fall into the animal abuse circle’.  SOURCE…

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