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August 20, 2020 - Euro Weekly News

Portugal Sets Six Month to Two Year Jail Sentence for Unnecessary Killing of Animals

Portugal Sets Six Month to Two Year Jail Sentence for Unnecessary Killing of Animals
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Animal activists worldwide can rejoice as today has been a small yet significant win in the realm of animal rights. Portugal just adopted a new law which proposes that anyone caught killing an animal unnecessarily could end up in jail for six months to two years. This jail sentence could be even longer if the murder of the animal is done in an extremely “perverse” way.

This is a new and stricter modification to the law that protects pets such as dogs, cats or ferrets against mistreatment. Thanks to these changes, anyone who ends the life of a pet, without a justified or legitimate reason can be penalized with up to two years in prison, although sanctions could also incur.

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