Supreme State Attorney: animal cruelty should be more strictly punished

Cases of animal maltreatment in the Czech Republic should be more severely punished, the Supreme State Attorney’s Office recommends in a new report this Monday. The Czech Republic’s new penal code, which will come into effect in January next year, redefines what constitutes animal cruelty. As of January 2010, those who neglect animals can also be charged with maltreatment, up until now, it has only been those who actively inflict cruelty upon animals who have been liable to such charges. The new report suggests that those who know of animal cruelty and do not report it should be subject to punishment as well. In the report, the Supreme State Attorney’s Office said that animal cruelty must not be ‘ignored, let alone tolerated’.

Author: Rosie Johnston