A triumph for animal rights activists in Slovakia yesterday after parliament passed an amendment to legislation that now stops hunters from being allowed to shoot at cats and dogs wandering in hunting grounds.
The previous law entitled registered hunters to shoot at will in hunting zones at any cat or dog that was more than 50m from their owner, and so thousands of domestic pets have been slain in the past as a result (around 7,000 dogs and 9,000 cats in 2009). The legislation was proposed last year by the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party.
A recent case also saw a precedent in criminal law as a woman was sent to prison on charges of animal cruelty for her treatment of her dog. This was the first case of its kind in Slovakia.