A sick or injured animal should be given timely and appropriate care unless it is so sick or injured that it must be put to down quickly. In slaughter, animals should be protected from unnecessary discomfort and suffering, and a special section of the law stipulates that animals shall be anaesthetised when bled. Special provisions also apply, e.g. to laboratory animals and to competitions and exhibitions involving animals.
The Swedish Animal Welfare Act provides protection for animals whose owners have neglected their supervision and care, or who have mistreated them. If an animal is mistreated, and if the situation is not remedied, the authorities can decide if the animal should be taken into custody. Depending on the situation, the animal can then be sold or put to death.
Those found in violation of the Swedish Animal Welfare Act or provisions of the law can be sentenced to fines or imprisonment. Fines, or imprisonment for a maximum of two years, can also be the punishment for those convicted of cruelty to animals (Criminal Code: Section 16, paragraph 13).
Text: Nilla Johansson