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Acte de cruauté envers les animaux: Amende de Rs 15 000 et une peine d’emprisonnement de six mois au maximum

Acte de cruauté envers les animaux: Amende de Rs 15 000 et une peine d’emprisonnement de six mois au maximum

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Acte de cruauté envers les animaux: Amende de Rs 15 000 et une peine d’emprisonnement de six mois au maximum

Acte de cruauté envers les animaux: Amende de Rs 15 000 et une peine d’emprisonnement de six mois au maximum

Il ne se passe pas une journée sans que la presse ne nous révèle un cas particulièrement odieux de maltraitance animale. En mai 2017, quinze chiens sont morts empoisonnés à Triolet, dans une seule et même rue. Le 23 décembre, Nikhil Aumeer a tailladé deux chiens notamment, Blacky et Dipsy appartenant à Nitish Singh, son oncle.
Cet acte de barbarie a irrité les Mauriciens dans son ensemble. Les images publiées sur les réseaux sociaux étaient choquantes. Le bourreau, s’il est trouvé coupable, risque au maximum une peine de six mois derrière les barreaux.
Les images de Blacky nous interpellent tous. Plus de 3000 réactions et plus d’un millier de commentaires sur Facebook, les Mauriciens n’ont pas caché leur indignation. L’homme qui a tailladé le chien a été arrêté et sera probablement poursuivi sous la section 3 de l’Animal Welfare Act de 2013.
Maltraitance, le mot est faible en réalité pour caractériser toutes ces conduites indignes des hommes. Cette maltraitance, nous l’avons vu, est multiforme. Derrière ce mot en effet se cachent non seulement des coups portés sur des animaux, d’élevage ou de compagnie, sans défense, et qui, tous, ne demandent qu’à vivre, mais aussi de véritables tortures.

Que dit justement cette section de la loi? “Any person who – (a)  tortures or otherwise treats an animal in such a manner as to subject it to distress, pain or suffering, or causes or permits an animal to be so treated…shall commit an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 15,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.
Six mois de prison pour une telle agression! Les internautes le juge insuffisant et souhaitent une révision de la loi.

Ce que nous devons aussi savoir…

Sous la section 3, un propriétaire qui ne donne pas suffisamment de nourriture ou une niche convenable peut être poursuivi. Même la transportation des animaux doit se faire d’une manière qui n’inflige pas de souffrance à l’animal. On peut aussi lire qu’enfermer un chien, à titre d’exemple dans un espace trop petit qui l’empêche de se développer, est également interdit. Nous publions les différentes clauses de cette section 3 de l’AWA.

(1) Subject to subsection (2), any person who –
. (a)  tortures or otherwise treats an animal in such a manner as to subject it to distress, pain or suffering, or causes or permits an animal to be so treated; 
(b)  being the owner of an animal, fails to provide the animal with sufficient food, drink or shelter; 
(c)  administers an injurious drug or substance to an animal, or wilfully causes or permits any such drug or substance to be taken by an animal; 
(d)  conveys or carries an animal, in or on a vehicle, in such a manner or position as to subject it to distress, pain or suffering; 
(e)  keeps or confines an animal in a cage or other similar structure which is too small to provide the animal with a reasonable opportunity for its natural movement;
. (f)  keeps an animal chained or tethered with a short or heavy chain or cord, in close confinement or with hobbles on its legs;
. (g)  employs an animal in any work or labour, or causes an animal to be so employed, in such a manner as to subject it to distress, pain or suffering;
. (h)  wilfully or negligently allows an animal to stray, or abandons an animal in circumstances which expose it to distress, pain, suffering or illness;
. (i)  wilfully or negligently causes or permits —
. (A)  an animal, of which he is the owner, to stray in a public place while the animal is afflicted with a contagious or infectious disease; or
. (B)  a diseased, disabled or injured animal, of which he is the owner, to die in a public place;
. (j)  not being a veterinary surgeon, mutilates or kills an animal in any manner, or performs ear cropping, tail docking, defanging, declawing, branding, piercing, dehorning, nose roping, or castration on an animal;
. (k)  confines an animal, or causes or permits an animal to be confined, or baits an animal so as to make it an object of prey for any other animal, or incites an animal to fight any other animal or any human being;
. (l)  organises animal fighting, or keeps or uses, or participates or acts in the management of, any place for animal fighting or for the purpose of baiting an animal, or permits or offers any place to be so used, or contributes or receives consideration for the promotion of such animal fighting or for the admission of any other person to a place kept or used for any such purpose;
. (m)  promotes or takes part in a shooting match, or competition, in which animals are released from captivity for the purpose of shooting them; or
. (n)  causes, procures, or subjects an animal to, or being the owner, permits his animal to be subjected to, a surgical operation which is performed without due care and in an inhumane manner.
Protection Order…pour les animaux, ça existe!
Beaucoup ne le savent pas. Tout comme les êtres humains victimes de brutalités, les animaux aussi ont droit à un Protection order en vertu de la section 6 qui se lit comme suit: 6. Protection order (1) Where an authorised officer has reasonable ground to suspect that an animal has been, is being or is likely to be the subject of an offence under section 3, he may serve a protection order on the owner of the animal ordering that the animal be put, for such period as he may specify, in such place and kept in such manner as he may specify.
. Enregistrement des chiens et animaux domestiques
. Une personne qui devient propriétaire d’un chien a un délai de 30 jours et dans le cas d’un chien dangereux que 15 jours, pour l’enregistrer auprès de la Mauritius Society of Animals Welfare et de payer les frais.

. 31. Registration of dogs and other domestic pets
. (1) (a) Every person who becomes the owner of a dog shall, not later than 30 days; and in the case of a dangerous dog, within 15 days, after the date on which he becomes the owner, cause it to be registered with the Society and pay such registration fee as may be prescribed.
. (b) Every owner of a dog shall cause the dog to be micro-chipped before
. registration.
. (c) Every owner of a dog shall, on registering a dog under subsection (1), make a declaration in writing, in such form as the Council may approve, specifying whether the dog shall be kept for breeding purposes.
. (d) Where the owner of a dog declares that —
. (i)  the dog shall not be kept for breeding purposes; and
. (ii)  he has no objection to the dog being sterilised,
. the dog shall be sterilised at such time and in such manner as the Council may determine.
. (2) Every person who becomes the owner of a domestic pet, other than a dog, shall, not later than 30 days on which he becomes the owner, cause it to be registered with the Society and pay such registration fee as may be prescribed.
. (3) Any person who contravenes this section shall commit an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 5,000 rupees.
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