CRACK DOWN ON CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

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Anyone who engages in dog or cock fighting or bull baiting is breaking the law. This reminder has come from the Animal Control Centre of the Ministry of Health.

According to Animal Control Officer, Curtis Thompson, Section Six of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 2000-16 states that:  “Any person who keeps, uses or manages any premises for the purpose of fighting, training for fighting or baiting any bull, dog or cock or other kind of animal, whether of a domestic or wild nature, or permits or causes any such premises to be so used, commits an offence.” 

The health official further said that if convicted, such individuals could be fined $10,000 and be imprisoned for up to 12 months.

He also reminded individuals that receiving money to admit persons to any place which is kept, used or managed for such purposes is an offence. 

The Ministry of Health has advised that Barbadians should notify either the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the Ministry of Agriculture, humane societies or the Animal Control Centre “of any suspicious activities” that indicate dog, cock fighting or bull baiting “is taking place in communities”. (CL)

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