The Kenyan parliament passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (2012) which was a revised version of the earlier law passed in 1983.
The law states that cruelty towards an animal, both domestic and wild animal, is prohibited.
“A person shall be guilty of an offence of cruelty if he cruelly beats, kicks, ill-treats, over-rides, over-drives, over-loads, tortures, infuriates or terrifies any animal,” the law states.
“Any person guilty of an offence of cruelty shall be liable to a fine not exceeding three thousand shillings or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, or to both,” the Act further states.
The new law is broader and aims to control the treatment of animals, including their use in experiments.
These include committing violence on an animal, overworking it while unwell, starvation and denial of water, abandonment and poisoning.
The law also prohibits careless surgery procedures, hunting and killing in a cruel manner, and prolonging the life of an animal in great pain.
It also prohibits the placement of traps and snares that cause unnecessary suffering to an animal and failing to check on a trapped animal, as well as willfully poisoning of animals.
It also outlaws the training of an animal in a cruel manner that inflicts pain and terror including the use of whips, goads, and electrical shocks.
Performing acts of entertainment where an animal is made to suffer, including fighting or hawking of animals in a cruel manner is also illegal.
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