Sharp rise in reports of animal cruelty in Brussels
Brussels Environment has received 127 reports of animal cruelty in 2022, a 53% increase compared to 2021, reports Le Soir.
The number of animals rescued has also risen by 43%. In total, 40 operations were carried out, resulting in 83 animals being seized. Among these animals were 48 dogs, 28 cats, three birds, two rabbits, one python and a sheep.
The majority of cases were the result of reports submitted to the Animal Welfare Department of Brussels Environment.
“Cases of animal cruelty shouldn’t be taken lightly. This is why Brussels Environment inspectors are redoubling their efforts by issuing warnings, reports and in some cases, seizing animals,” said the minister responsible for animal welfare, Bernard Clerfayt.
Brussels Environment said that in these types of cases, fines can reach up to €100,000. Judges can also order a prison sentence and ban individuals from keeping animals.