Full Statute Name:  Chapter 573 Cruelty to Animals: An Ordinance to make provisions for the prevention of cruelty to animals.

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Popular Title:  Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance Primary Citation:  Ordinances Nos 13 of 1907, 19 of 1912, 43 of 1917, Y of 1919, 33 of 1921, 16 of 1927, 17 of 1970, 12 of 1945, 22 of 1955 Country of Origin:  Sri Lanka Last Checked:  September, 2014 Date Adopted:  1907
Summary: This Ordinance, in English, details Sri Lanka's animal cruelty laws. It also provides provisions for starving animals, using disabled or ill animals for labor, killing animals with unnecessary cruelty, and permitting diseased animals to die in the street. This ordinance also gives the Minister the power to appoint infirmaries to treat and care for animals that are the victims of offenses committed under this ordinance; the owner of the animal is liable for the cost of caring for the infirmed animal. Any Magistrate, Superintendent, or Assistant Superintendent of Police, Judge of primary Court or the divisional Assistant Government Agent of a division may direct the immediate destruction of an animal who was a victim of an offense if in that person's opinion the animal's sufferings are such as to render such a direction proper. Offenders shall be fined or jailed depending on the seriousness of the offence.
Documents:  PDF icon stsrilanka_cruelty_to_animals.pdf (1.27 MB)
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