Animals Protection Bill Referred to NHTL for Comment

Parliament

A bill designed to prohibit the sale and manufacturing of cosmetics that were tested on an animal in South Africa has been referred to the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) for comment.

The Animals Protection Amendment Bill was drawn up by Cheryllyn Dudley, an African Christian Democratic Party member of parliament.

It was tabled in March 2018.

The bill seeks to amend the Animal Protection Act, 1962, so as to:-

•    substitute the definition of ‘‘animal’’ and insert definitions for ‘‘cosmetic’’ and ‘‘premises’’;
•    correct the listing of definitions;
•    provide for new offences related to the testing of a cosmetic, or ingredient of a cosmetic, on an animal; and for the failure to make sufficient space in an appropriate environment available to an animal;
•    increase the penalty applicable to an offence and to provide for liability where an offence is committed by a company;
•    provide for a court to make an order regarding the welfare of an animal prior to conviction where a person is charged with an offence in terms of this Act;
•    remove the limit placed on an award for damages after conviction;
•    provide for the recovery of reasonable expenses in relation to an animal prior to conviction where a person is charged with an offence in terms of this Act;
•    provide for the qualification requirements of an officer contemplated in section 8(1) of this Act;
•    empower the Minister to make regulations setting standards for the testing of any matter, other than a cosmetic, on an animal and to increase the maximum penalties that the Minister may set by regulation, and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

Parliament called for comment on the bill in November last year.

The NHTL has thirty days in which to comment on the bill.

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