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21 December 2012 :: 14:12:52 pm 69646

Veterinarians Take Action To Protect Animals

A proposed new law before the Thailand Senate would impose harsher punishment on people convicted of cruelty to animals that would include jail time. The law was introduced by a group of veterinarians after an incident in Sattahip where a dog was stabbed to death 17 times by a foreigner.
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SATTAHIP – December 20, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; a reporter attending an annual meeting of the council of veterinarians was informed that the veterinarians had introduced an act in the Senate that would punish people found guilty of cruelty to animals.

The reporter was attending the 5th annual meeting of the Veterinarian Council held at at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. Presiding over the meeting was Associate Professor Dr. Suwichai Rojjanasathien, chairman of the Veterinarian Council.

Mr. Suwichai told the reporter the veterinarians took action after learning of an incident where a foreigner in Sattahip stabbed a neighborhood dog to death 17 times, which sparked a group protest by animal lovers.

Dr. Suwichai Rojjanasathien said there are two aspects of the dog-killing case: a legal and a moral aspect. The legal aspect is the accusation of causing another person to lose their property, their pet dog, which is currently punishable by only a fine.

But for the moral aspect, the act of the foreigner was a cruel action that caused the dog to die in an inhumane way, he said. So the Veterinarian Council proposed to write the act to protect animals against cruelty.

The proposed act is before the Senate for consideration, and calls for more severe punishment besides a monetary fine. The accused person would be prosecuted in criminal courts, and if found guilty, would face possible imprisonment.

The Veterinarian Council’s meeting at Nong Nooch gardens was an academic meeting of veterinarians in the eastern part, which included veterinarian Sumeth Sapchukul, the secretary of veterinarian council; Assistant Professor Thawatchai Sakphuaram, vice chairman of veterinarian council; and the other veterinarians from the eastern part who came to join the meeting.

Dr. Suwichai Rojjanasathien said the purpose of the meeting of was to assemble the 700 members and update them of the direction of the working operations of the Veterinarian Council. The meeting also provided a forum to answer questions of concern and to exchange opinions.

Among the various issues discussed were the Act of Department of Livestock Development as it relates to the veterinarian occupation, the making of the project to create a foot and mouth disease-free area, and the service of checking hydrophobia disease.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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