New, important measures for the strengthening of legal framework for animal welfare in Cyprus was decided by the council of ministers. The proposal was submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Mr. Kostas Kadis. The proposed amendment to the law will be submitted to parliament for voting.
Animal Welfare in Cyprus
With this decision the law Protecting the Welfare and Prosperity of Animals (Law 46(i)/1994) will be amended. New restrictive provisions are inserted aiming to improve the living conditions and safekeeping of animals.
It will be prohibited to:
- Permanently have a dog or a cat on a lead or line
- Maintain or confine a dog or cat on a balcony, roofs or veranda
- Hold captive sea mammals (dolphins, wales, seals)
Fines and Penalties
Fines which the court may impose are significantly increased, the new measures introduce the possibility to sentence a person to jail time in case found guilty of animal abuse or animal neglect. More specifically:
- If found guilty the first time the fine is increased from Euro 1,700 to Euro 10,000.
- If found guilty the second time the fine is increased from Euro 3,400 to Euro 20,000.
- If found to obstruct or disobey the instructions of the Animal Services or the Police the fine is increased from Euro 850 to Euro 5,000.
Strengthening of the Animal Welfare policy bodies
The Pancyprion Coordination Commission For the Welfare of Animals ( Παγκύπρια Συντονιστική Επιτροπή Ευημερίας των Ζώων) will be enhanced to include further stakeholders and its role will be enhanced. The role and purpose of the Pancyprion Coordination Commission For the Welfare of Animals is to:
- To deal with wider matters of policy through the coordination of the activities of the municipal welfare commissions
- The organization of training seminars for organizations, owners
- To represent the municipal welfare commissions
Sworn Translators in Cyprus have only recently been introduced, the main aim of the law is to regulate important translations in Cyprus. Not all documents need be translated with a certified translation whereas birth certificates need to official.