Animal welfare bill presented to Icelandic parliament

The Icelandic parliamentary committee on animal welfare has presented its suggestions for a parliamentary bill.

Arni Stefan Arnason, an animal rights lawyer, says that although the wording of the proposed law would significantly increase animal protection in Iceland, it is still disappointing because it fails to address the biggest problem of all; should the suggestions become law without amendment.

“The biggest problem in animal protection in Iceland has traditionally been that when problems come up, the system has been very slow to react. It has generally taken a very long time to save the animals,” Arnason told — adding that such a provision should be added to the bill.

According to the draft bill, all animal welfare issues would be united under the food institute — something that Arnason is cautious about due to the fact that the institute has already come under regular criticism for not carrying out its present-day duties well enough.

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