New law that combats animal abuse in Curitiba is approved

It was approved in Curitiba City Council one new law for animal abuse. The objective of the new law was the modernization and consolidation of municipal legislation, the proposition revoked six laws that were all diluted in the new one, with this the inspection will be more agile and easier for the municipal inspectors.

“The approval of this bill is important to say that here in Curitiba we care for and respect our animals. The proposal becomes a single, integrative, utilitarian and solid law. In line with the city’s new environmental policy, the law 15,852from last year”, stressed the president of the House, Tico Kuzma (Pros).

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The minimum amount of the fine was raised from R$200 to R$400, with the highest amount reaching R$200,000. It also expands the behaviors typified as ill-treatment: the substitute brings, for example, the express prohibition of events such as bullfights, vaquejadas and fights, “even if in a private place”, and the prohibition of collars “with blunt, cutting, piercing mechanisms”. or that generate electronic impulses or electrical discharges” in animals.

No previous seals have been dropped, but almost all have been rewritten. For example, today, in the law, it is prohibited to “physically assault or act to cause pain, suffering or harm to the animal”. In the general substitutive, the fence was changed to “harm or attack animals, whether by beating, stoning, by sharp, blunt instruments, by chemical, scalding, toxic substances, by fire or others”.

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At the beginning of the month, the president of the House of Laws, councilor Tico Kuzma received representatives of organized civil society who presented suggestions that were included in the approved text. Like the inclusion of a paragraph in article 2, to make it clear that the Municipal Guard of Curitiba also fits as a police force. In the same article, the proposition lists as mistreatment “molesting or disturbing animals kept in parks, sanctuaries, zoos or free-living”.

“One of the main changes is the expansion of what can be considered maltreatment,” continued Kuzma, who opened the discussion on the matter. One of these advances, mentioned the president of the House, is the device that deals with animal accumulators. The substitute also brings mechanisms to facilitate the identification of the offender and assigns him expenses for the recovery of the rescued animal, he pointed out.

Kuzma, like other lawmakers, stressed the importance of responsible adoption. In addition to the adoption events and the permanent campaign at the Reference Center for Animals at Risk (CRAR), the Animal Protection Network website (RPA) makes it easy to find dogs and cats waiting for a home.

“The costs paid by the violator are a novelty. The offender does have that responsibility”, supported the deputy leader of the mayor, Mauro Ignácio (União). The inspection will also benefit from the new legislation, predicts the councilor. “The House has always been attentive to this issue. [bem-estar animal]”, stressed Ignacio.

Opposition leader Professor Josete (PT) reinforced the call for adoption: “To really seek animal welfare, adopt a dog, a cat, an abandoned animal, we are collaborating with this policy”. “I think an awareness campaign is also important, before maltreatment happens, this is an aspect that needs to move forward,” she suggested.

“The legislative text reinforces the prohibition of physical or psychological punishment to encourage animals for sports competitions”, quoted Marcelo Fachinello (PSC). In addition to responsible adoption, he highlighted, in the proposal under discussion, the prohibition of collars that apply shocks (with the aim of controlling the barking of animals, for example) and the clear rule for euthanasia, when necessary and recommended by a qualified professional.

For journalist Márcio Barros (PSD), it is also necessary to invest in inspection and think about actions with the cities of Greater Curitiba, such as castration campaigns. Dalton Borba, who withdrew a substitute from his initiative, proposed in 2020, said that a “cultural change” is necessary for the citizen, to take care of animals and denounce cases of mistreatment. “It is necessary that civil society collaborate, participate, so that we have full effectiveness in this bill”, he opined.

The vote was accompanied by the director of the Fauna Research and Conservation Department of the Municipal Environment Department (SMMA), Edson Ferraz Evaristo de Paula; the president of COMUPA – Municipal Animal Protection Council, Carla Negochadle; the Vice-President of the State Council for Animal Rights (CEDA), Paulo Colnaghi; activist Laelia Tonhozi, from the SOS Bicho Movement; and the municipal guard Sandro Arioan Dias Alves, from the Animal Protection Patrol of the Municipal Guard.

Curitiba thus remains at the forefront of actions in favor of animal rights.

Complaints of mistreatment of domestic and wild animals, in addition to illegal possession, can be made to Central 156, of the Municipality of Curitiba.

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