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.