Friday, April 16, 2010

Bulgarian Dog Raises Issue of Cruelty

Mima has suffered greatly since March of this year. She had all 4 of her legs chopped off with an axe in the Bulgarian town of Dryanovo. Although saved by vets, she is not able to walk on the stubs left in place of her limbs. She is only able to lie on her back.

Mima's story has been heard, and people have rallied. They are asking for tougher punishments on people who cause bodily injury or death to animals. The Minister of Agriculture, Miroslav Naidenov, has pledged legal proposals to dissuade violence against animals.

The government has asked parliament to introduce up to three years imprisonment and fines from the equivalent of €2,500 to €7,500 for abuse. The proposed legal amendment envisions even harsher treatment of recurrent offenders and those who mistreat animals in front of young children - up to five years in prison and fines of between €5,000 and €15,000.


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