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Russia Outlaws Animal Cruelty

The new law prohibits the killing of stray animals, requiring them to be captured and placed in shelters, and bans animal fights, pet cafes, petting zoos, and wild animals in apartments and houses.

MOSCOW TIMES: ‘Russia has banned petting zoos, animal cafes and the killing of stray dogs and cats under a new law submitted eight years ago that dramatically overhauls rules overseeing the treatment of domestic and wild animals… The new law — welcomed tepidly by animal welfare activists — bans animal fights, pet cafes and petting zoos that house exotic animals, often inside malls. Bars and restaurants are also banned from housing animals, while wild animals cannot be kept in apartments and private houses… The law prohibits the killing of stray animals, requiring them to be captured — out of sight of children and recorded on cameras for public access — and placed in shelters instead…

The Kremlin says the new animal-cruelty law is guided by the “principles of humanity” and human safety when handling animals… Putin signed the bans into law late last week after they passed both chambers of Russian parliament. The bill was submitted to the State Duma in 2010, including by the current Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky… “This law covers only one percent of what we’d like to see,” Irina Novozhilova, head of the animal rights group Vita, told the RBC broadcaster’. SOURCE…

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