The Animal Protection Statute establishes that “every person who has an animal to any title, must take care of them and provide them with food and shelter according to their minimum needs and not restrict their freedom of movement unnecessarily, especially if it causes suffering or disruption of their normal development. Transportation of animals must be carried out in a way that does not cause mistreatment or serious deterioration of their health and is in accordance with the species and means of transport used.”
Article 7 requires that experimentation on live animals must be done by qualified personnel (certified in veterinary or medical areas, or related sciences), who will avoid animal suffering to the maximum degree. Animal experimentation in schools and higher education institutions are allowed only “when they are indispensable and cannot be replaced by accumulated experience or alternative methods of learning for the purposes of training.”
Article 11 establishes the use of rational methods that tend to avoid unnecessary suffering for the slaughtering of animals for human consumption.
Animal cruelty and maltreatment is considered a misdemeanor that can be punished by fines and imprisonment of up to 3 years.