Animal protection bill passed

2016-03-08 18:27
(Jenni Evans, News24)

(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – A bill to protect animals was passed in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The performing animals protection amendment bill was passed with objections from the DA, the EFF and Cope. 

The IFP abstained.

It has now been sent to the National Council of Provinces.

The bill calls for the designation of a national licensing officer to provide a procedure whereby applicants can apply for a licence to exhibit, train or use an animal.

Debating the bill in the House, some parties questioned the practicality of the bill, while others expressed disappointment that it did not include aquatic animals like dolphins, which were often used for entertainment.

IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe said the bill was a step in the right direction, but more still needed to be done.

The ACDP concurred and said the bill was minimalist.

EFF MP Nazier Paulsen called for the use of animals in certain rituals to be banned.

DA MP Annette Steyn said the party rejected the bill.

The ANC called for the support of the bill.

ANC MP Pule Mabe said the bill was a sign of a caring government.

The animals could not speak for themselves, he said. "We are doing this because we do not want animals to die in the line of duty."

Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana agreed that more needed to be done. "And we are going to do more to make sure that animals are protected," he said.

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