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The government will be asked to develop guidelines to prevent harm from homeless animals

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The government will be asked to develop guidelines to prevent harm from homeless animals


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The Cabinet of Ministers was proposed to give the authority to develop guidelines for the regions “on preventing animals from causing harm to the life and health of citizens without owners.” This was told by the head of the State Duma working group on the development of proposals for improving legislation on the responsible treatment of animals, the first deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on Ecology, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Vladimir Burmatov at a group meeting on June 14.

The deputies also prepared a draft resolution of the State Duma, in which the Government is recommended to develop a federal project for the construction of shelters for stray animals at the expense of federal funds.

The State Duma is preparing for the second reading a bill that gives the regions the authority to establish requirements for keeping and walking pets. An amendment has been made to it, which provides that the Government should develop guidelines “on preventing animals from causing harm to the life and health of citizens without owners,” said Vladimir Burmatov.

“In accordance with the guidelines, the regions are already developing relevant regional acts,” he explained to Parliamentary Newspaper.

According to him, the working group will meet additionally to discuss proposals that could be included in such guidelines.

Also, when the State Duma will consider compulsory registration bill farm animals, the deputies will propose to the chamber to adopt a draft resolution with recommendations to the Government, ministries and regional authorities, the deputy noted. “The first is a federal project to create a network of shelters for stray animals at the expense of the federal budget,” Burmatov said during a meeting of the working group.

He explained to Parliamentary Newspaper that it is proposed to allocate money to the regions for the construction of shelters on the terms of co-financing: 50 percent from the federal budget, and 50 percent from the regional one. In addition, the regional authorities will be offered to provide programs for preferential sterilization of cats and dogs in their territories.

Vladimir Burmatov recalled that an amendment was made to the draft law on the registration of farm animals, which provides for the voluntary registration and identification of domestic animals. The working group under the State Duma Committee on Agrarian Issues supported the amendment, the deputy added.

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