MEXICO CITY ORDERS PRISON IN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES
Press , Dec. 30, 2012
Mexico City -- Mexico City lawmakers have
approved prison terms for animal cruelty , previously considered a civil
offense sanctioned with fines and detentions.
legislative assembly unanimously agreed that people who intentionally abuse
and cause animals harm will face up to two years in prison and pay up to
$500. If the animal is killed, they can face up to four years in prison and
a $2,000 fine.
Antonio Padierna, president of the assembly's law
enforcement and justice committee, said late Friday that if animals are
killed for food, the death must be quick and not cause pain.
The lawmakers agreed current administrative laws weren't doing enough to
end animal cruelty. In Mexico City, animals are sometimes killed by being
burned, beaten or shot.
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