The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Natural Resources have developed a draft law that provides for the administrative punishment for cruelty to animals and non-compliance with the requirements for their maintenance. It is assumed that the innovations will be added to the Administrative Code.
We are talking not only about pets, but also about those animals that are kept in circuses and zoos. The list also includes homeless animals, which can be harmed, for example, during capture. It is also stated that the owners of shelters where the conditions necessary for pets are not met, might be held liable.
At the moment, there is an article for cruelty to animals (up to 5 years in prison) in the Criminal Code - if the actions of intruders do not fall under it, then they will not face punishment.
The departments propose to strengthen control over the situation in the treatment of animals and introduce an additional system of penalties. For individuals, a sanction of 3-5 thousand rubles is expected, for officials - 5-15 thousand rubles, for legal entities - 15-30 thousand rubles.