Knesset approves strict amendments to Animal Welfare Law in first reading

The Knesset plenary approved in a first reading late Monday night amendments to the Animal Welfare Law that aims to prevent animal abuses and strengthen enforcement measures against violators.

Promoted by Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, the amendments would establish the comprehensive obligation of an animal owner to safeguard the animal against abuse and provide for life’s necessities such as proper healthcare, the minister’s office explained. Breach of this provision would constitute a criminal offense and could extend to the larger corporation housing the animal, according to the legislation. Prosecution could occur not only for active abuse but also abuse through neglect, this amendment adds.


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