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Russian Law Brings Harsher Penalties for Abuse of Animals

'Nobody in the world could reproach us for occupying ourselves with trifles by gathering together ministers and discussing some cats,' said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during his speech at the International Tiger Forum in St. Petersburg last week.

Putin's words at the forum, which was devoted to saving the endangered global wild tiger population, demonstrated that Russia has finally started to address animal rights at a state level, and more importantly, putting the words into practice: A bill regulating responsibility for cruelty to animals has finally been passed, and the new law comes into force on Jan. 1, 2011.

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