Lilongwe Society for Protection and Care doe Animals (LSPCA) together with the Lilongwe City Council (LCC) have intensified the crackdown on illegal sale of animals along the roads in Lilongwe by sensitising Magistrates and police prosecutors on their respective roles in ending animal cruelty.
LSPCA and LCC today held a sensitisation meeting in Lilongwe where the Magistrates and prosecutors were taken through the Animal Protection Act.
Deputy director for veterinary research and investigation for animal welfare in Malawi, Julius Chulu, observed that the Act is very old as it dates back to the 70’s adding that a review is underway to put stiffer penalties for perpetrators.
Currently the city’s by-laws attract a fine of only K2,000 for a person found selling animals along the road.
Chief commercial manager for Lilongwe City Council Tapiwa Mkandawire told Nation Online that the council will continue to enforce the law.
She added that plans are underway to find a designated place for people to be selling such animals.