'There is an absence of a provision for what the punishment will be for cruelty against farming animals'
Many animal rights activists are calling the passing of the Animal Welfare Bill 2019 on Sunday a victory as it replaces almost a hundred year old act that had very little punishment for cruelty towards animals.
They did however add that some clauses of this bill will facilitate the monitoring of “Kataban” and similar marketplaces and independent breeders, but the next step after the animal welfare bill shall be to include a provision in the law to set up an animal welfare board.
Founder and Chairman of People for Animal Welfare (PAW), Rakibul Haq Emil said: “ The next step to monitor implementation of the law should be an inclusion of a provision where an animal welfare board is designated for monitoring a activities related to animals.”
Nandita Das Nipa, former consultant at Humane Society International (HSI) Bangladesh, works around the world to promote the human-animal bond and confront cruelty in all its forms, said: “There is an absence of a provision for what the punishment will be for cruelty against farming animals.
“The law says animals shall be treated with compassion, but it does not define what can be done if there is cruelty towards farm animals. This should be included in the law.”
The Bangladesh Parliament on Sunday passed the Animal Welfare Bill 2019 which will replace the existing colonial-era Cruelty to Animal Act of 1920.
The law aimed to stop cruelty towards animals, ensure responsibility for their welfare, and define the duties of their owners.