OREANDA-NEWS. The Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg has introduced a bill to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, which proposes punishing people under the article on animal cruelty from the age of 14.  The document appeared in the Duma electronic database.

 “Federal law increased the penalties provided by criminal law for cruel treatment of animals, which caused their death or injury.  However, the prevention of socially dangerous acts contributes to a greater degree of inevitability than the cruelty of punishment.  To date, minors aged 14 to 16 years are not responsible for cruel treatment of animals, even if these actions were carried out by a group of people against several animals in the presence of minors using sadistic methods and broadcasting on the Internet, says the explanatory note.  a note.

 The parliamentarian explained that the idea of ​​the initiative was born on the appeal of animal defenders to the city government.  And after a loud story with Khabarovsk zhivoderkami.

 At the moment, the punishment for “cruel treatment of an animal in order to cause him pain and (or) suffering, as well as from hooliganism or from mercenary motives, which caused his death or injury” (article 245 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), is up to 80 thousand  rubles or in the amount of wages or other income of the convict for a period of up to six months.  Guilty may also be sentenced to compulsory work for up to 360 hours or correctional work for up to one year, or to restriction of freedom for up to one year, or arrest for up to six months, or to imprisonment for up to three years.