About the № 9139 Draft Law (Ukraine)

Picket against the Draft Law «On reformation and improvement of the permission system in the field of environmental protection, rational and unexhausting use of natural resources and ecological safety, decrease of regulatory pressure on the commercial entities» № 9139 (Ukraine)
On November 6, 2012 the picketing, the participants of which required not to adopt in the second reading the draft law «On reformation and improvement of the permission system in the field of environmental protection, rational and unexhausting use of natural resources and ecological safety, decrease of regulatory pressure on the commercial entities», No. 9139 dated 09.09.2011, took place near the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. A bill is included in an order No. 5199-VI dated 06.09.2012. Picketers were supported by three deputies, in particular Boris Pudov and Oleh Lyashko, which promised to demand not to consider the draft law on a session on November, 6. The deputy Ivan Zaec’, member of Committee on Ecological Policy, Liquidation of Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster, revealed to the organizers of picket that the Committee did not examine this draft law until now before putting in on the parliament session agenda. But it can happen this week. The organizers of picketing call the members of Committee to listen to the requirements of public and hope that the draft law in its present, unacceptable wording, will not be adopted on the VRU session.
Principal reasons for the public criticism are:
— the draft law legitimizes hunting (i.e. murder) of pet animals (dogs and cats) by individuals. The term «hunting», used in the draft law, is the euphemism of word «murder». Moreover, in the law the term «stray dogs and cats» is applied, having no criteria of its definition in the current legislation, as well as there is no criterion to distinguish between «homeless» (the term is defined in paragraph 1 of the Law of Ukraine «On Protection of Animals from Cruelty») and «vagrant» animals;
— the draft law confers the Ministry of Ecology the powers to grant permissions on the use of non-hunting species of animals, species of animals listed in the Red book of Ukraine, animals within the natural reserve fund of Ukraine, however contains no limitations of methods of such use, thus allowing their shooting.
— the draft law contains the list of species subject to the unlimited game shooting. These would include wolves, foxes, stray dogs and cats, grey crows, magpies, rooks, and also hunting and non-hunting animals. Powers to grant permission on extermination of all living beings, including within the boundaries of the natural reserve fund (compliant to this draft law), will be granted to local state administrations. As Ukrainian practice shows, it will result in the ramified corruption schemes in this industry;
— the draft law conflicts with a current legislation, in particular, paragraph 17 of the Law of Ukraine «On Protection of Animals from Cruelty», which forbids murder of homeless animals by cruel means which the game shooting belongs to; and Article 174 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences («Firing from firearms, archery, air weapons in settlements and in the places not allowed for this purpose or with violation of the established order»), as it actually legitimates use of weapons by anybody at any time and place, including within the settlements, the permission whereof is issued by the state administrations;
— terminology of draft law is unclear and legitimates the doubtful spheres of activity of hunters and business corporations, namely movable menageries (under the name «movable exhibitions»), circuses and dolphins’ zoos;
— numerous animal protection and nature protection public organizations were not invited to the draft law discussion at all. The organizers of picketing are the National ecological center of Ukraine, Civil campaign «Kyiv Rescue Forum» and the «Green future» environment protection squad, they were supported by volunteers. The emphatic protest against this draft law was declared by CSO «Institute of modern problems of Ukraine», Association of free journalists «Nature First», CSO «Dniprodzerzhynsk Animal Defense Society «ZOOschit», department for animals and natural resources protection of the International Congress of Human Rights and Freedoms «World», Odesa, CSO «Animal Help Center», Committee on ecology of the Public Council at the Council of Ministers of AR Crimea, Western Ukrainian Animal Defense Society, Lviv and Internet forum UA-Vet protecting stray animals.
NB: Draft Law «On reformation and improvement of the permission system in the field of environmental protection, rational and unexhausting use of natural resources and ecological safety, decrease of regulatory pressure on the commercial entities» No. 9139 was submitted on 09.09.2011. The draft law was initiated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the initiator of bill is Mykola Azarov, the PM of Ukraine. The draft law was adopted in the first reading on February 2012. It is an unprecedented legislative act, the adoption of which will bring Ukraine in the list of savage (barbaric) countries. Such disgraceful phenomenon will legalize doghunters, that is people who hunt and poison stray dogs and cats in the cities. Negative conclusion in relation to the draft law as a systemically erroneous one is given by the Main Department of Verkhovna Rada and signed by its Deputy Chairman V. Milovanov. After wide public protests and publications in MASS-MEDIA in September, 2012 the specialized (ecological) committee of VRU introduced changes to the draft law which to a great extent take into account the remarks voiced by the public and the Ministry of Ecology. Despite this, the principal issue of concern was not addressed: in the committee’s edition of the draft law there is a norm about granting permission on «hunting of dogs and cats» at any time and in any place, forbidden for hunt.
Translated by Marigold Olga and Irina Babanina, the original article you can find here.

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