‘Harsher’ penalties for animal cruelty

Animal rights activists are sending a strong message to Government to deal with negligent pet owners.

Yesterday they delivered a petition to Government Headquarters in Bay Street, St Michael with the signatures of 1 600 people pushing for greater enforcement of penalties in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

President of Action for Animals Barbados Gail Hunte explained the action was organised by her and ROAR Barbados, both of which have members who are fed up of ongoing violations.

“There is a desperate need for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Cap 144A to be better enforced. . . because when animal abuse is reported at the moment it would only go so far and then for varying reasons it would go no further. I then ask the question what is the purpose of having the Act?” Hunte queried.

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