NICOSIA - State stakeholders are due to meet at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday to discuss the creation of a State Body for the Protection and Welfare of Animals.
According to an official announcement, the meeting has been organised as part of the government’s efforts to ensure the better monitoring of animal welfare and protection laws.
To be chaired by the Director of the President's Office Panayiotis Antoniou, the meeting will include the participation of Commissioner for Volunteerism and NGOs Yiannaki Yiannakis, Commissioner for the Environment Ioanna Panayiotou, representatives of the relevant Interior Ministry services, Veterinary Services representatives, and representatives of the Union of Municipalities.
“The meeting is the continuation of a wider meeting which took place recently with the participation of the involved state services as well as animal welfare organizations, to examine the creation of a State Body for the Protection and Welfare of Animals,” the Monday announcement said.
It added animal welfare organizations had during the last meeting been asked to submit suggestions and that these would be examined and discussed shortly.
Animal welfare activists have long demanded that a section of the police force is specially trained for the purpose or for an Animal Police Force staffed by other means. Some suggested people already active in animal welfare could be used. There has also been a long-standing suggestion for the appointment of an Animal Rights Commissioner.
Cyprus has garnered a poor reputation for animal welfare issues with a spate of particularly cruel cases making the headlines over recent months.