Prosecutor Saab: 146 people were arrested for animal abuse in the first half of 2023

Prosecutor Saab: 146 people were arrested for animal abuse in the first half of 2023

Tarek William Saab assured that since he took office in 2017, his administration has recorded nearly 700 complaints of animal abuse and more than 500 detainees for various associated crimes.

The prosecutor imposed by the extinct constituent assembly, Tarek William Saab, reported that between January and June 2023, the Public Ministry (MP) processed 219 cases of animal abuse with a total of 146 people arrested.

Through an interview with the private channel Televen, Saab said that although most of those involved were punished with sentences between eight and 45 days in prison, he proposes tougher penalties for these crimes. He added that the number of detainees has risen to 551 since August 2017.

“Whoever mistreats and kills an animal can do it tomorrow with an old man, a woman or a child,” he stressed after considering that Venezuelan legislation “is indebted”, since it contemplates maximum sentences of 45 days for crimes related to animals and the environment.

For this reason, the official reiterated the need to promote a new law for the defense of animals and the environment that includes among its penalties greater prison sentences, reported EFE.

In this sense, he recalled that the security forces have dismantled gangs dedicated to the mistreatment of animals, in some cases to the point of death, in order to record these actions and market them through the Internet.

He remarked that some criminal organizations use children for these purposes, situations that are punished with “years” in prison, since they involve the commission of various crimes.

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