CAIRO - 6 April 2023: The draft law regulating the possession of dangerous animals and dogs, submitted by Representative Ahmed Al-Sigini, Chairman of the Local Administration Committee in the House of Representatives, is one of the legislation to be approved during the coming period after the final approval of the House of Representatives Agriculture and Irrigation Committee.
The philosophy of the law is based on three paths different in terms.
The first path sheds light on dangerous animals that may cause harm to humans, the second path regulates the possession and acquisition of dangerous dogs, and the third and final path highlights the phenomenon of stray animals that pose a threat to public health and the safety of citizens.
Citizens should obtaine a license from the competent authority to possess them from the Directorate of Veterinary Medicine, provided that electronic or paper records are established in the veterinary directorates with serial numbers to record the dogs licensed for possession, the name of the owner, descriptions of the dog, and its distinguishing marks.
The draft law included a package of procedures regulating the process of possessing dangerous animals and dogs, starting with the requirement that the age of the dog’s owner should not be less than 18 years old, and requires that the dog be muzzled and tied with a collar, in order to control it while walking, allocating animal parks, so that the owner of the dog can take it outside its shelters,
The owner of dangerous animals is obliged to notify the competent authority whether the dangerous animal is infected with an infectious or epidemic disease.
The draft law obligates the owner of dangerous animals to notify the competent authority if he does not want to continue possessing the dangerous animal, or is unable to care for and shelter him.
Possession of dogs is prohibited without obtaining a license from the Directorate of Veterinary Medicine, and the directorates of veterinary medicine are required to chain licensed dogs and specify their descriptions.
The draft law punishes with hard labor for a period of no less than ten years whoever assaults another by using a dangerous animal or a dog without intending to kill, but it led to death with less than fifteen years and not more than twenty years in prison.
The penalty shall be imprisonment for a period of no less than nine months, and a fine of no less than seventy-five thousand pounds and not more than one million pounds, or one of these two penalties, if the assault results in illness or inability to perform personal work for a period of more than twenty days.
The penalty shall be imprisonment for a period of not less than three years and not more than seven years, and a fine of not less than two hundred thousand pounds and not more than three million pounds if the assault results in any permanent disability that is impossible to heal, and if the assault was premeditated.