PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND ANIMAL RIGHTS: New regulations on the keeping of dogs: it is now illegal to chain dogs

Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri announced the new subsidiary legislation regarding the keeping of dogs, and it has now become illegal to chain dogs. During a press conference, Clint Camilleri explained that this legislation aims to eliminate all forms of suffering inflicted on dogs including through:

Chaining;

Inadequate collars;

Inadequate confinement areas; and

Inadequate transportation

Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights Clint Camilleri said that until today, the Animal Welfare Act (CAP 439) did not provide any subsidiary legislation to regulate the keeping of dogs. Therefore, it was imperative for the new subsidiary legislation to be in place as this will now ensure that no individual keeps a dog tethered, or cause a dog to be tethered, fastened, chained, or restrained to any stationary object as the primary method of confinement. Furthermore, the new subsidiary legislation includes regulations regarding the adequate confinement area and transportation of dogs.

Clint Camilleri mentioned that this new subsidiary legislation follows consultations with NGOs working with animals and stated that this legislation will ensure that the chaining of dogs is considered illegal treatment in certain cases. In fact, the new subsidiary legislation on the keeping of dogs in the Animal Welfare Act, Cap.439 includes the following provisions regarding;

The illegality to tether, fasten, chain, or restrain a dog to any stationary object as permanent housing of a dog and/or the primary method of confinement;

Adequate confinement;

Permissible restraining of dogs in certain situations applicable when using a hand-held leash while walking a dog and during veterinary procedures or enforcement by both veterinary and animal welfare officers;

Transportation which safeguards the welfare of the dog being transported;

Use of adequate collars;

As Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights, Clint Camilleri explained that dogs are naturally social beings that need interaction with humans and/or other animals. Therefore, intensive confinement or long-term restraint can severely damage their physical and psychological well-being.

Clint Camilleri emphasised that this government was and will remain committed to safeguard the well-being of animals. Clint Camilleri concluded that not only chaining for long periods has become illegal, but inadequate collars have been banned and new dog enclosure specifications are also included to ensure that no dog is restricted at any time as to cause it unnecessary suffering or injury.

Source: Government of Malta


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PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND ANIMAL RIGHTS: New regulations on the keeping of dogs: it is now illegal to chain dogs

Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri announced the new subsidiary legislation regarding the keeping of dogs, and it has now become illegal to chain dogs. During a press conference, Clint Camilleri explained that this legislation aims to eliminate all forms of suffering inflicted on dogs including through:

Chaining;

Inadequate collars;

Inadequate confinement areas; and

Inadequate transportation

Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights Clint Camilleri said that until today, the Animal Welfare Act (CAP 439) did not provide any subsidiary legislation to regulate the keeping of dogs. Therefore, it was imperative for the new subsidiary legislation to be in place as this will now ensure that no individual keeps a dog tethered, or cause a dog to be tethered, fastened, chained, or restrained to any stationary object as the primary method of confinement. Furthermore, the new subsidiary legislation includes regulations regarding the adequate confinement area and transportation of dogs.

Clint Camilleri mentioned that this new subsidiary legislation follows consultations with NGOs working with animals and stated that this legislation will ensure that the chaining of dogs is considered illegal treatment in certain cases. In fact, the new subsidiary legislation on the keeping of dogs in the Animal Welfare Act, Cap.439 includes the following provisions regarding;

The illegality to tether, fasten, chain, or restrain a dog to any stationary object as permanent housing of a dog and/or the primary method of confinement;

Adequate confinement;

Permissible restraining of dogs in certain situations applicable when using a hand-held leash while walking a dog and during veterinary procedures or enforcement by both veterinary and animal welfare officers;

Transportation which safeguards the welfare of the dog being transported;

Use of adequate collars;

As Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights, Clint Camilleri explained that dogs are naturally social beings that need interaction with humans and/or other animals. Therefore, intensive confinement or long-term restraint can severely damage their physical and psychological well-being.

Clint Camilleri emphasised that this government was and will remain committed to safeguard the well-being of animals. Clint Camilleri concluded that not only chaining for long periods has become illegal, but inadequate collars have been banned and new dog enclosure specifications are also included to ensure that no dog is restricted at any time as to cause it unnecessary suffering or injury.

Source: Government of Malta


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