On September 16, the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia voted in favor of the bill criminalizing cruel attitude towards animals, which envisages amending the new Article 258.2 of the RA Criminal Code. This Article provides that cruel treatment of animals, combined with hooliganism and resulting in the destruction or maiming of animals, is punishable by a fine ranging from one hundred to three hundred minimal salaries, or by imprisonment for up to one month or three months in prison.
And the same act committed by a group of individuals with the prior consent and particular cruelty, is punishable by a minimum wage of 300 to 500 times or by imprisonment for the term of 1-3 years. The draft was adopted with 74 votes in favor, 11 against and 17 abstentions. According to the bill, maltreatment, fragmentation, poisoning, testing, amputation, skimming, throwing, and organizing battles are considered as manifestations of cruelty.
16:19 September 16, 2019