Also, the number of indictments stemming from the animal protection act brought before courts went up 30 percent.
Prosecutor’s offices processed 4,140 cases arising from animal protection laws in 2017, with 2,380 cases involving abuse and 1,760 cases the killing of animals.
In 2016, there were 3,451 cases arising from animal protection regulations, with 1,942 involving animal abuse charges.
Over 800 indictments on animal abuse charges were issued by prosecutor’s offices in 2017.
The number of cases handled by prosecutor’s offices and courts is likely to go up due to stricter laws against animal abuse, the Rzeczpospolita daily said.
In January, the Polish parliament adopted new regulations increasing the maximum jail term for abusing and killing animals from two to three years, and raising the maximum prison sentence for cruelty to five years. The legislation also introduced a life ban on keeping animals when offenders are convicted of cruelty. (aba)