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Article Brazil: New Law Requires Condominium Administrators to Report Animal Mistreatment in City of Rio de Janeiro

On September 29, 2021, the Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro passed Law No. 7,053, which requires residential and commercial condominium administrators (síndicos) to report animal mistreatment occurring in property units or common spaces. (Lei No. 7.053, de 29 de Setembro de 2021.)

According to the new law, administrators are obligated to report mistreatment of domesticated animals or wildlife to police authorities (art. 1), and individuals should immediately report any ongoing mistreatment (art. 1(§ 1)). If the mistreatment has already occurred, a report should be filed within 24 hours of the incident. (Art. 1(§ 2).) Reports should include information about the animal’s owner, the animal’s species and characteristics, and details of the mistreatment. (Art. 1(§ 3).)

Condominiums will be fined if they fail to comply with reporting requirements. (Art. 2.) The first offense of noncompliance will incur a fine of 5,000 Brazilian reais (about US$919), and additional incidents, 10,000 Brazilian reais. The law also authorizes the municipal government to work with state and federal organizations to facilitate the oversight and application of these fines. (Art. 5.) The collected fines will be donated to the city’s Animal Protection Fund. (Art. 7.) The Animal Protection Fund was created by Law No. 6,143, of March 27, 2017, with the aims of protecting the rights and welfare of animals and promoting proper animal population control. (Lei No. 6.143, de 27 de Março de 2017.)

Law No. 7,053 entered into effect before World Animal Day, which was celebrated on October 4. To celebrate the day, the city’s government hosted a series of events. In some areas, the secretary of protection and defense of animals organized vaccination clinics for animals and adoption events.

The Municipal Chamber’s Special Committee on Animal Health also held a public hearing on animal rights policies, the planned construction of the first public veterinary hospital in the city, and the creation of an animal food pantry.

Prepared by Elizabeth Marin, Law Library intern, under the supervision of Eduardo Soares, Senior Foreign Law Specialist

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