November 1st, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Members of the Committee on Environment of the Legislative Assembly presented the Animal Abuse Law yesterday afternoon, which provides jail sentences for the mistreatment of both wild and domestic animals.
Among the bill’s provisions are prison sentences of one to six years for any person who intentionally inflicts pain or suffering to an animal resulting in its death, or those who intentionally injure, torture or assault animals.
The same sentences would apply to anyone who organizes or participates in public performances or competitions in which animals are killed, hurt, or tortured.
Acts of bestiality also carry prison sentences, and those sentences increase by a third when the conduct is committed with the participation of two or more people.
Those who abandon an animal without proper care, for instance dumping a dog on the roadside, face between 50 and 200 days in jail.
The bill has strong support from all lawmakers and will now pass to plenary for approval.