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February 17, 2010

Animal cruelty Bill introduced to Parliament

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The existing penalty for wilful ill-treatment of an animal is up to three years' imprisonment or a maximum fine of $50,000, or both, for an individual.
The bill increases that to five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $100,000, or both.

A new offence of reckless ill-treatment is being created, which the bill says will enable prosecution of cases that might otherwise fail to meet the threshold for wilful ill-treatment.

It would have to be proved that a person knew or appreciated that serious harm to an animal could occur, and unreasonably ran the risk. The Bill will go on Parliament's agenda for a first reading.

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