Patricia and Myko are very excited . . . Thailand has recently passed their first ever Anti Animal Cruelty law.
On November 12, 2014, legislation passed to protect animals in Thailand from abuse. though the law needs some refining, this is a big step in the right direction.
This is perhaps the first of many laws in South East Asia that will give animals basic rights.
Many animal rights activists claim that the law is too vague. Regardless, this is a step in the right direction. There is now an up to THB(Thai currency) 40,000 fine or up to two years jail time penalty for reported animal abuse or neglect.
The law leaves a lot open to the interpretation of the investigating officer. It does not specify exactly what constitutes abuse or neglect.
Parts of the law make a point to differentiate food and non-food animals, but list only cats and dogs under animals that should not be eaten.
An animal rights group in Thailand represented by Chollada “Kae’ Mekratkri have proposed 20 additions to the bill. Amongst the proposed additions are one which would make cat and dog fur trade illegal and one that would make eating live animals illegal.