Tbilisi: The Legal Affairs Committee of Georgia held a discussion on the amendments to the Criminal Code at the first hearing, which sought to impose stricter penalties against those who indulged in animal cruelty and brutal treatment.
Within the framework of the draft law, as an expedited rule, a distinction has been made between animal mutilation and death.
According to the amendments, animal cruelty , brutal treatment and/or other violence that caused its mutilation is punishable by a fine, community service from 120 to 240 hours, house arrest from six months to one year, or imprisonment from two years.
In case the same act is committed, either in groups, publicly or repeatedly, while a minor is present, against two or more animals, will be penalized with a fine and even a house arrest for a period of one to two years or imprisonment for a term of one to three years.
Following the enactment of these amendments, the accused of torturing any animal or indulging in violence or brutal treatment of animals that causes the death of the animal will be subjected to fine, house arrest for a term of one to two years or imprisonment for a term of one to three years.
A similar kind of act committed publicly, in a group, more than once, in the presence of a minor, against two or more animals, calls for a penalty of a fine, house arrest for a term of one to two years or imprisonment for a term of two to four years.