Parliament will be looking at a curious piece of legislation tomorrow as the liberal SaS party has submitted a draft amendment to the Hunting Act, which will limit hunters from shooting people’s pets.
The SaS is submitting the proposal, which will prevent people with hunting licenses from shooting cats at all and will restrict the conditions under which they can shoot dogs. To date hunters have not only had the right to shoot wild animals, but also our four-legged and furry friends provided they were at least 200m from the nearest permanently inhabited dwelling.
According to daily Pravda, around 7,000 dogs and 9,000 cats were ‘terminated’ by hunters last year, and that is only the official figures from the hunters yearbook, which can hardly be expected to be accurate. Many dog-owners have probably said goodbye to their best friend in this way while taking an innocent walk in the forest.
The SaS party is supporting the legislative piece with a petition containing 100,000 signatures