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Regulations concerning animal welfare in Indonesia

Are there laws that regulate animal health and animal welfare in Indonesia? The answer is: Yes.

Indonesian Penal Code/Criminal Code
Chapter XIV – Crimes against decency

Article 302

(1) By a maximum imprisonment of three month or a maximum fine of three hundred rupiahs shall, being guilty of light mal-treatment to animals, be punished:

  1. Any person who without reasonable objective or by overstepping what is permissible in reaching such objective, with deliberate intent causes pain or harm to an animal or causes injury to the health of an animal;
  2. Any person who without reasonable objective or by overstepping what is permissible in reaching such objective, with deliberate intent withholds the necessary sustenance from an animal that wholly or partially belongs to him and is under his supervision, or from an animal to the sustenance of which he is obliged.

(2) If the fact results in an illness of longer than one week, mutilation, serious harm of another nature, or death of the animal, the offender shall by reason of maltreatment to animals be punished by a maximum imprisonment of nine months or a maximum fine of three hundred rupiahs.

(3) The animal may, if it belongs to the offender, be forfeited.

(4) Attempt to this crime shall not be punished.

Law No. 6 of 1967 Concerning Basic Provisions on Husbandry and Animal Health
Article 22 – Animal Welfare

For the interest of animal welfare, it shall be stipulated by Government Regulation provisions concerning:

a) Shelter and enclosure
b) Grooming and care
c) Transport
d) Use and utilization
e) Slaughter methods and killing
f) Proper treatment and protection of animals by humans

Law No. 18 of 2009 Concerning Husbandry and Animal Health
Article 66-67 – Animal Welfare

Article 66

(1) In the interest of animal welfare, all measures that relate to the capturing and handling; sheltering and confining, caring and grooming; transport; slaughter and killing; and treatment and protection of animals is to be done properly.

(2) The provision on animal welfare as stipulated in paragraph (1) above shall be carried out humanely, which entails that:

  1. The capturing and handling of wild animals from their habitats must comply with the stipulations in laws on conservation;
  2. The sheltering and confining of animals shall be conducted properly so that it enables the animals to express their normal behaviors;
  3. The caring, safeguarding, grooming, and giving protection to animals shall be conducted properly so that the animals are free from hunger and thirst, pain, torture, and abuse, and from fear and distress;
  4. The transport of animals shall be conducted properly so that the animals a