Animal Welfare Commission submits three new recommendations to the Minister

Allison Vegina of the Animal Welfare Commission has presented a fourth recommendation to Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Anton Rifaro.

Three new recommendations are in addition to the 15 recommendations already made by Bezzina to improve the operation of the Animal Welfare Department.

The first new recommendation is to have a dog-friendly running free space. This addresses the problem of few suitable dog parks where dogs can roam freely without a leash.

Bezzina’s recommendations are more dog-friendly, non-running spaces, including dog-friendly beaches. It is accessible in urban areas and provides a quick solution in combat with small and large dogs in mind. Recommendations require that the space be adjacent to a smaller area, reducing the number of each dog and allowing the owner to be nearby (100-200 square meters).

CCTV cameras should also be installed in the space to avoid dirt and other carelessness. Vegina said the dog and its needs need to be kept in mind with the promised € 700 million of PL invested in green spaces and open spaces.

The second recommendation includes conducting a census of captive animals on the island of Gozo, Malta. According to Vegina, it is unknown how many livestock and exotic animals are on the island, as well as the various species that have been locally imported and raised over the years.

According to Vegina, unregistered illegal animals are increasingly being bred because certain laws requiring a license to raise such animals have not been enforced.

Immediate and short-term amnesty is recommended for the registration of exotic and dangerous wildlife. Positive incentives for people to register and microchip cats and dogs, such as a free microchip service for a limited time, have also been proposed.

In 2023, the Commissioner recommended the introduction of a separate mandatory national census for animals, including animals in the existing 10-year census by 2031.

The third recommendation includes improvements to the electronic microchipping system. This includes the possibility of shared ownership and the automatic flagging of people whose dogs and other animals are banned by court.

This recommendation addresses several issues of flagging the names of people convicted of cruelty to animals, and despite being married and adopted, it is recognizable as an animal owner. Deal with the situation where you are alone. Dog together.

Bezzina said that “blacklisted” individuals who are prohibited from owning animals should be included in a database that is digitally synchronized with a microchipping database. The recommendations also include increased administrative fines and the distribution of official certificates for those who microchip pet cats.

Mr Vegina said the recommendations made would curb overcrowding of dogs and cats and provide adequate resources for the government to enforce current animal legislation.

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