Portugal Sets Six Month to Two Year Jail Sentence for Unnecessary Killing of Animals

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Animal activists worldwide can rejoice as today has been a small yet significant win in the realm of animal rights. Portugal just adopted a new law which proposes that anyone caught killing an animal unnecessarily could end up in jail for six months to two years. This jail sentence could be even longer if the murder of the animal is done in an extremely “perverse” way.

This is a new and stricter modification to the law that protects pets such as dogs, cats or ferrets against mistreatment. Thanks to these changes, anyone who ends the life of a pet, without a justified or legitimate reason can be penalized with up to two years in prison, although sanctions could also incur.

The element of extreme perversity can also be taken into account and determine an even lengthier sentence. For example, this includes further punishment for those who end the life of the pet by “inflicting pain, suffering, or any psychical abuse”.

From this day, all of the revenue from the sanctions will partially go towards private or public institutions who take in abandoned animals. These changes have come after many of these animal right cases become obsolete because of the many loopholes in the justice system. Furthermore, another set of laws will be drafted soon to include the protection of livestock animals.

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Laura Taylor is a graduate from the University of Leeds. At university, she obtained a Bachelors in Communication and Media, as well as a Masters in International Relations.
She is half British and half Spanish and resides in Malaga. Her focus when writing news typically encompasses national Spanish news and local news from the Costa del Sol.

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