Mon, December 20, 2021
A coalition of animal rights activists called on the House of Representatives to draft a law that would promote animal welfare and protect animals from cruelty.
The Indonesian Coalition for Animal Welfare (KPH Indonesia) said there was a new urgency for the adoption of new legislation that could ensure the protection of animal rights given the increasing number of cases of animal abuse. ‘animals in the country.
“It is time for Indonesia as a civilized nation to restore its humanity, which has long been compromised by cases of appalling treatment of animals. Mistreatment of animals could in fact be the predictor of our characters,” co-founder of KPH Indonesia, Cindy Kartika Sari, said during a meeting with House Deputy Speaker Muhaimin Iskandar late last week.
Another animal rights activist, Chandra Kurniawan, said existing legislation, the Animal Husbandry and Welfare Act, was outdated and lacked provisions that could protect animal rights.
Chandra added that law enforcement officials had also been reluctant to enforce existing animal welfare regulations.
“The police only use obsolete regulations from the Penal Code, which only impose a sentence of three months in prison or Rp 3,000 [20 US cents] fine. But most of the time, authorities turn a blind eye to animal cruelty, ”said Chandra of the law firm IABF.
Responding to the demand, Muhaimin called on the government to step up efforts to protect animal rights. “Local and central governments must step up their efforts to improve the welfare of animals, whether domesticated or wild,” Muhaimin said.
The National Awakening Politician (PKB) also said new animal welfare legislation will take time for the government and lawmakers to prepare.
“For now, the government could start working to improve existing government regulations,” Muhaimin said.
He called on the government to take swift action against some animal abuse prevalent in the community, such as the sale and distribution of dog meat.
In 2018, the government agreed to enact regulations banning the trade in dog meat over concerns over the spread of rabies and animal abuse following a series of campaigns against the consumption of dog meat. in the country. The pledge was made during a two-day meeting on the “National Animal Welfare Coordination”, attended by government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and NGOs.