Nobody Jailed for Animal Abuse; Animal Ombudsman Dissatisfied

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Bratislava, February 12 (TASR) – Six people were convicted by Slovak courts of mistreating animals or failing to provide appropriate care for them last year, but none of them ended up in prison, TASR learnt from Justice Ministry spokesman Peter Bubla on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a total of eight people were convicted of abusing animals in 2015. Six of them received conditional sentences and two were fined. Nobody was sentenced for failing to provide proper care to animals, however.

An initiative called ‘Animal Ombudsman’ is dissatisfied with the attitude of the authorities. “We demand exemplary punishment for tormentors, who won’t see any reason to abandon their cruel practices if the attitude of the police and courts doesn’t change,” stated Zuzana Stanova from Animal Ombudsman, adding that a person who abuses animals is likely to harm people as well.