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Parliament Approved Reading of Animal Protection Bill
On January 24, Bulgaria's Parliament approved the second reading of the Animal Protection Bill, Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) said. The law bans organising animal fights and abandoning domestic animals. A ban is put on inflicting pain and injury on animals during film-making.
Unless otherwise covered by criminal law, conviction of serious cruelty to an animal will mean a fine of 500 to 1000 leva. The definition of acts of cruelty are to include sexual abuse of animals, and any act or omission that means repeated suffering for an animal or that causes it permanent injury. An animal will be confiscated by the state if the animal's owner is accused of cruelty.