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Vietnam to fine people for beating, torturing pets

Monday, March 29, 2021, 12:45 GMT+7
Vietnam to fine people for beating, torturing pets
A dog is kept at a pet store in Vietnam. File photo: Tuoi Tre

People who torture their pets in Vietnam shall be fined up to VND3 million (US$130) in accordance with a new regulation that will come into force next month.

Under Government Decree No.14/2021, which is set to take effect on April 20, beating and torturing pets will be punishable by a fine ranging from VND1 million ($43) to VND3 million ($130).

Slaughterhouses will be fined VND3-5 million ($130-216) if animals are tortured and beaten before being slaughtered.

A similar penalty will also be imposed if these facilities do not have a hygienic space to keep these animals, or the animals are not stunned before being killed.

Putting foreign objects or pumping water or other substances into the body of terrestrial animals before slaughter will be punishable by a VND5-50 million ($216-2,160) fine.

In April, a new decision will also take effect to make adjustments to the country’s health insurance cards.

Accordingly, the new cards will be smaller, measuring 85.6 millimeters long and 53.98 millimeters wide.

The current health insurance cards are 98 millimeters long and 66 millimeters wide.

The code number of the new health insurance cards will be similar to the holders’ social insurance number.

From April 27, circular No. 05/2021 of the Ministry of Education and Training will come into force to make additions and amendments to the regulations for high school graduation exams.

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