This will be something that animal lovers can celebrate. Now the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, has been passed in New Zealand, it’s official that cosmetic testing on animal is illegal. The punishment for violating the laws are 6 months in prison and up to US$125,000 fee.
The cosmetic testing on animals has been proven to be unnecessary and inefficient since the results may or may not be applicable to people; nonetheless the animals in testing have to go through intense distress and suffering.
“The bill, complete with 61 new rules and policies that are split up into two different sections, covers all the new ways animals will be protected from abuse and it also allows easier prosecution against anyone committing animal cruelty.
Aside from just banning animal testing, the bill also includes a number of ways to protect animals, establishing when surgical procedures are appropriate, specific areas allotted for hunting, and the proper treatment of wild animals.
The punishment for breaking these rules is also included in the bill, and the severity of the charges makes it abundantly clear that New Zealand is serious about protecting those who cannot speak for themselves.
Animal cruelty, for example, can be broken down into two different categories: willful and reckless.
Willful mistreatment of animals or causing an animal serious distress can result in up to five years in prison or as much as a $100,000 fine for a single individual, or $500,000 for a group or corporation.
Recklessly, or accidentally, committing the same crime can result in up to three years in prison or a $75,000 fine for an individual, or $350,000 for a group.
This, however, does not apply to cosmetic testing on animals where individuals are liable to imprisonment for up to 6 months and corporations can be subjected to a $125,000 fine.”
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