Published On: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014

First step for an animal legislation in Curacao

ParliamentWILLEMSTAD - Four years ago, the first ideas for animal legislation in Curacao were born. Soon the coalition party PAIS will present this initiative to parliament. After the introduction of the dog legislation in Aruba, this is the second milestone this year for President Mark Vos of Foundation for Animal Care.

The bill includes the basic elements: commitment to give a house animal food, to protect against the elements and physical pain. “We do not point the finger of: you're wrong. Because most animal problems stem from ignorance,” says Vos.

Legislation

There is a lack of legislation against abuse and neglect of animals. Therefore Animal Care and the Curaçao lawyer Natalie Samson-Coffie have worked pro bono to put the bill together.

Enforcement

Vos knows that this is just the beginning. "It's a great start to further expand." In particular, the implementation and enforcement of the law have yet to be properly developed. "The political Curaçao should take responsibility."

Since last month, there is a dog legislation in force in Aruba. "We started in Aruba, which is gorgeous model country.” Also because Aruba has long been an independent country, while Curaçao and Sint Maarten have only been independent since 10-10-'10. "Animal Care has also been active on Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius, which has not changed since these islands became special municipalities from the Netherlands. “The Netherlands has also enough to learn,” says Vos.

Reported by the Caribbean Network.

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