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Bulgaria considering five-year jail term for extreme animal cruelty

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Thu, Apr 15 2010 14 Comments, 2817 Views
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Cruelty to animals resulting in maiming, disability or amputation will result in a jail term of one to three years, according to amendments to be considered in Bulgaria. In the case of "extreme animal cruelty", the proposed prison sentence is five years, Dnevnik said on April 15 2010.

The proposed bill envisages that "one who deliberately kills or maims an animal will be fined from 5 000 to 15 000 leva and imprisoned from one to three years".

However, if killing is perpetrated in "extremely sadistic fashion, with torture, in the presence of minor, or in a public place," the fine will be from 10 000 to 30 000 leva and imprisonment will range from one to five years, the article said.

More severe punishment is contemplated for people who work with animals and commit acts of cruelty against them.

  • Anonymous
    nik Rating:
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    #14 08, 05, Thu, Jun 03 2010

    Kids should be watched at all times by their parents and is this all...1 to 5 years and some money...this is still a breathing life...let them taste their own medecine...

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    carol gallant Rating:
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    #13 23, 54, Sun, Apr 25 2010

    This is a start, all countries need to take a look at their laws & ensure that proper punishment is given for the nature of the crime, these animals need protection from people who are disturbed & sadistic, they need pychiatric evaluations on their mental state & locked up

  • Anonymous
    MARY JANETOS Rating:
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    #12 23, 02, Sun, Apr 25 2010

    THIS IS A GOOD START. NO, LAWS WILL NOT STOP SOME PEOPLE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE EVIL PEOPLE WHO JUST DO NOT CARE. BUT... THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A DIFFERENT TIME FOR THE PEOPLE OF BULGARIA. THESE LAWS MUST BE IN PLACE. THE GOVERNMENT MUST PASS THEM. IT IS VERY NECESSARY. THE MAIN THING IS TO ENFORCE THEM. AS TO THE FINES, SOME PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY THE FINES. THEN IT SHOULD BE SERIOUS JAIL TIME. MAKE SURE JTO ENFORCE THIS. PEOPLE WILL LEARN THAT THEY CAN NOT DO THIS AND SOME WILL THINK TWICE. [...]

    Read the full comment IT WILL CURB SOME OF THE HORRORS GOING ON TOWARD THE ANIMALS IN BULGARIA. THANK YOU.. MARY JANETOS..

  • Anonymous
    AntiCosmos Rating:
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    #11 01, 45, Sat, Apr 17 2010

    Cosmos is the resident US cretin...

  • Anonymous neutral
    #10 21, 24, Fri, Apr 16 2010

    I think the big fine is to be used as a deterrent. You shouldn't really be able to afford fines, otherwise you wouldn't stop your behavior. Also, any fines collected can be used to offset costs of animal police. It's quite sad actually that ANY country has to enact laws to tell people that sadistic behavior is not acceptable in society.

  • Anonymous
    animal lover Rating:
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    #9 20, 15, Fri, Apr 16 2010

    Not before time! But we still need more. When you throw your dog out of the car and leave it to starve to death, how is anyone going to catch you?

  • Anonymous
    pfff Rating:
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    #8 15, 56, Fri, Apr 16 2010

    Punishment against animal cruelty is ok, but how they expect the people being caught to pay over 10,000 leva with a min.salary of about 240 leva/month? Isn't the salary cruelty also?

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    Dawn Rating:
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    #7 00, 30, Fri, Apr 16 2010

    That's great but, he deserves alot more like getting his arms and legs cut off!!

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    Marion Rating:
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    #6 22, 27, Thu, Apr 15 2010

    Are they going to fine everyone who throw dogs out of cars so they are a nuisance in the villages. If peoploe were made to neuter their animals there would be less stray animals around.

  • Anonymous
    Cosmos Rating:
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    #5 20, 38, Thu, Apr 15 2010

    If you get attacked kill them in self defense that is (not)cruelty.But if the goverment done something about the strays there would be no need to worry about getting attacked is this the only answer the BG goverment can come up with.

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    Berkboy Rating:
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    #4 19, 21, Thu, Apr 15 2010

    Nice to see the law finally on the side of animals. Let's hope these laws are enacted sooner than later.

  • Anonymous
    Anne Booth Rating:
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    #3 18, 38, Thu, Apr 15 2010

    Sounds good to me - about time they did something about the animal cruelty here in Bulgaria

  • Anonymous
    PC Rating:
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    #2 15, 09, Thu, Apr 15 2010

    However, if killing is perpetrated in "extremely sadistic fashion, with torture, in the presence of minor, or in a public place," the fine will be from 10 000 to 30 000 leva and imprisonment will range from one to five years, the article said.
    What if it's done by a minor. I've caught a local Roma kid doing the kicking & punching several times. However, the locals put it down to him being poor. He's a psycho!

  • Anonymous
    fair enough Rating:
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    #1 13, 54, Thu, Apr 15 2010

    sounds good to me.
    and what about strays attacking children or people at night in the park?

    do strays get a fine too, or?

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