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Ministry of Agriculture on Nevis to address stray animals situation

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By Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Ministry of Agriculture in the Nevis Island Administration says it will exercise its powers in the Nevis Animals (Trespass and Pound) Ordinance related to the management of stray and marauding animals across the island. 

Motorists, business owners, and households have lodged several formal complaints about the inconvenience and hazards created by stray and marauding animals.

In a press statement Monday (Sept. 10, 2022), the Ministry of Agriculture says it will exercise its powers in the ordinance and “will begin addressing the situation aggressively.”

“We are therefore advising and urging livestock farmers to tether their animals or secure them. Failure to comply will result in animals being taken to the Government pound and subsequently the abattoir,” the statement added. 

The Nevis Animals (Trespass and Pound) Ordinance says any animal found straying may be captured by any person who shall forthwith take or cause such animal to be taken to the animal pound. (2) Any animal found tethered— (a) on any public road or public place; or (b) within such distance of a public road or public place as to be able to obstruct the same, shall be untethered by any police officer or animal warden, who shall forthwith take such animal to an animal pound. (3) Any person who allows any animal to roam about other than within the confines of a secured fence commits an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of five hundred dollars.

Animals found infringing are also mentioned in the Ordinance. It says any animal found trespassing on private land may be captured by the proprietor of such land or by any other person at his or her request and tethered on the land for a period of 24 hours. (2) It shall be the duty of the person tethering an animal to inform the owner of the animal if known, the police or a pound keeper, or the Director of Agriculture of such tethering. (3) If, within 24 hours of its capture under subsection (1) Is the owner of an animal pays or causes to be paid to the proprietor an amount equal to the pound fee payable to a pound keeper in respect of the animal, the proprietor shall deliver up the animal to the owner thereof or to the person responsible to the owner. (4) Any animal found unrestrained on any public land or, with the permission of the owner, on any private land may be captured by the animal warden. For the purposes of this subsection unrestrained means not tethered or movement not contained or not restricted by a surrounding secure fence. (5) If within 24 hours of its capture under subsection (1) an animal has not been delivered to its owner or a person responsible to him, the proprietor shall take the animal to an animal pound.

Read the Nevis Animals (Trespass and Pound) Ordinance at https://www.lawcommission.gov.kn/ 

 

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