From Aug 4, animal abusers in Ukraine face jail
Law No. 2120-VIII on strengthening liability for cruelty toward animals has entered into force in Ukraine August 4, after being published in the official newspaper of the Verkhovna Rada, "Holos Ukrainy."
The new legislation defines cruel treatment of animals, which includes abuse, beatings or other violent acts that inflicted physical pain, suffering, and did not cause bodily harm, mutilation, or death, abandonment of animals, including violation of animal welfare rules.
All these actions entail a fine from UAH 3,400 to UAH 5,100 with the confiscation of the pet if the animal's stay at the owner poses a threat to its life or health.
If two or more animals are abused, or the perpetrators acted in a group, or if it was a repeated act, a severer punishment is stipulated – a fine of UAH 5,100 to UAH 8,500, or an administrative arrest up to 15 days with confiscation of the animal if necessary.
The Criminal Code is supplemented by the article "cruel treatment of animals," providing for arrest for up to six months or restriction of freedom for up to three years.
If the act of animal abuse has been performed in the presence of a minor, the restriction or liberty or imprisonment for 3-5 years is foreseen.
Those treating animals with grave cruelty face up to 8 years in prison.