Keep Brazil's Cruelty Laws in Place

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Originally Posted: 6 March 2010

Keep Brazil's Cruelty Laws in Place

FROM World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

A bill seeking to REVISE current law by decriminalizing cruelty to “domestic or domesticated animals” has been put before Brazil’s National Congress.

Please add your name to the petition today, asking that the proposed bill (Bill 4548/98) be defeated and the law protecting animals upheld.


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Some politicians view animal protection as inconvenient, rather than essential for a compassionate society. They are campaigning hard for this bill. We need your help to ensure that animal cruelty remains a crime in Brazil.

If the proposed bill is passed by Brazil's National Congress:

  • Brazil will have no nationwide penalties for animal abuse, meaning cruelty to dogs, cats, horses and many other species will have no consequences.
  • Animal lovers and advocates who report a dog being beaten or a horse being starved will see little or no action taken. These acts of cruelty and more will no longer be criminal offences throughout Brazil.
  • Animal welfare will be set back by decades. The potential for animal suffering to increase is horrifying.

To date, over 65,000 Brazilians have contacted Brazil's National Congress to protest the bill. We believe international pressure will add huge weight to their actions.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!