New animal welfare bill for Iceland

A new animal welfare bill will be taken to Althingi — Iceland’s parliament — this autumn. The creation of the bill is in its final stages and is currently undergoing so-called harmonisation with other laws connected to veterinary practice, animal diseases and medicine.

The new bill would unite all aspects of animal welfare under one ministry; the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture. Currently animal welfare is also partly seen to by the Ministry for the Environment.

Kristinn Hugason, section chief at the fisheries and environment ministry, says that the bill has been written with close consultation to similar laws in neighbouring countries; including the Nordic countries.

The purpose of the new bill is to more-clearly-word animal welfare legislation in Iceland for the benefit of animals. The bill will be sent for consultation this summer, RUV reports.