Animal Welfare Act, 20

(Act 32 of 25)

[July 7, 28]

The Cruelty to Animals Act, 1920 is a law enacted to create new laws in response to the needs of time, considering its provisions.

Since it is necessary to prevent cruelty to animals, show kind behavior and ensure livelihood through responsible upbringing; And

since it is expedient and necessary to make new laws in response to the needs of time, considering the provisions contained in The Cruelty to Animals Act, 1920 (Act No. I of 1920), to raise social awareness to ensure animal welfare;

That is why it was legislated as follows:

Short title and introduction

  1. (3) This Act shall be called the Animal Welfare Act, 20.

(2) This Act shall come into force immediately.


  1. Unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, under this Act –

(1) “Unsafe sick animal” means a sick creature who is unable to be cured or seriously injured by medical treatment, who has been permanently injured or has been infected with a psychotic disease. ;

(2) “sick animal” means a veterinary surgeon who is not healthy for one or more of the following reasons, and may return to a healthy and normal life if provided for treatment, namely:

(a) the work for which the nurse is being raised. Temporarily inappropriate for;

(B) sick due to injury, injury or injury;

(C) sick for physiological or bacterial infections;

(4) “bound animal” means an animal whose purpose is to prevent escapism or violence, which is reared in captivity or in captivity;

(4) “Authority” means the Director-General of the Department of Livestock or any veterinary surgeon of that department authorized by him;

(3) “farm” means the farm of an animal maintained by a person for commercial purposes, whether or not registered under any existing law, where five or more similar or different species of animals are raised;

(4) “domestic animal” means any animal which, in any way, benefits the human being and is not inherently violent and is raised in the house or farm, whether for commercial purposes or not;

(4) “supervisor” means any person who, without the consent or consent of the owner, voluntarily or under the authority of the authority, occupies or supervises an animal for a specified period;

(3) “cruel conduct” means any unnecessary cruelty referred to in sub-section (1) of section 4;

(3) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(4) “Pet” means any animal other than a domesticated animal, which is reared on a farm for domestic or commercial purposes, for use in the purposes of human comfort or safety;

(4) “Animal” shall include all of the following types of animals, namely:

(i) all mammals except humans;

(Ii) birds;

(E) reptile;

(3) aquatic animals other than fisheries; And

(E) any other animal declared by the Government in the official Gazette notification;

(12) “Rule” means the rules made under this Act;

(3) “person” shall include companies, associations, associations, partnership businesses, institutions and companies;

(4) “Veterinary Surgeon” means any veterinarian who is registered by the Bangladesh Veterinary Council and is working under the Directorate of Animal Husbandry and a registered veterinarian authorized by the Authority to fulfill the purpose of this Act;

(4) “owner” means the lawful owner of any animal;

(4) “Unauthorized animal” means any non-proprietary or unclaimed animal, or that is not available to the owner or caretaker even after a reasonable inquiry;

(4) “endangered” means life-threatening due to cruel conduct, illness or accident;

(3) “Local authority” means the City Corporation, Municipality, Zilla Parishad, Upazila Parishad, Union Parishad and the Cantonment Board of the area concerned.

Law prevails

  1. For the time being, no matter what is different from any other law, the provisions of this Act shall prevail.

The responsibility of the owner or supervisor

  1. It shall be the responsibility of the owner or caretaker of every animal, except for logical reasons, to refrain from behaving in a kind and humane manner to such creature and to treat it cruelly.

Regulation of animal husbandry, transport and slaughter

  1. The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for animal husbandry, transportation and slaughter.

Unnecessary cruelty towards animals

  1. (3) A person’s inferior behavior or demeanor is dishonorable to the animal and shall be treated as unnecessary cruelty to the animal under this Act, if

(a) the cause of the illness of the animal refusing to act or act;

(B) animals are overworked or unnecessarily beaten;

(C) the animal is not provided with the required amount of food and water or

forced to consume excess food and water;

(D) the animal is thus encumbered or enclosed or carried in such an infrastructure that the animal may not be able to stand, settle or lie down in accordance with its nature;

(E) the animal is killed or killed by sharp metal objects for the purpose of control;

(F) to release an animal in the locality for illness or death;

(G) an animal is used to provoke or use it as a means to fight;

(H) intentionally and inadvertently consumes any drug or substance that is harmful or not applicable to the animal, or is injected or attempted to enter or pass through the anus or genitalia;

(I) the dog is kept bound or stopped for twenty-four hours or more, without providing any movement for exercise;

(J) any animal used or intended to be used as a target in rifle shooting or shooting arrows;

(K) for the sale of an animal suffering from anesthetic or hunger, thirst or any other cruelty without the need for medical treatment;

(L) the unnecessary period of the owner or caretaker of such animal being detained outside the home, without having to be detained by an animal and kept under the care of someone else;

(D) the animal is used for breeding after the animal is physically disqualified for reproduction by the veterinary surgeon;

(4) An animal is used for recreation or sports, without the authority’s permission.

(2) In addition to the behavior or actions referred to in sub-section (1), the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare any behavior or act of any kind towards any animal by any person as unnecessary cruelty towards animals.

(4) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (1), if a person commits any unlawful cruelty described in sub-clauses (1) and (2), it shall be deemed to be an offense under this Act.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section to the contrary, the following animals shall be regarded as cruel treatment or unnecessary work, if-

(a) to eliminate or reduce cruel rationally is to take the initiative;

(B) the cruelty is done for honest purposes, such as to benefit the animal or any other animal or to endanger the threat of the death of another person or another animal;

(C) the work concerned, on the report of the veterinary surgeon, appears to be reasonably appropriate and humane to the District Livestock Officer;

(D) is infected with a certain aquatic organism or any other infectious infectious disease, which can be transmitted to humans or other organisms, or which is transmitted to humans, declared by the government’s health care department, and the government or any authorized authority in the control or elimination. , In a humanitarian manner without pain and relief from the OIE (World Organization for Animals) Health care standards are followed to ensure the death of these unsafe diseased animals for public benefit;

(E) cruelty is intended for education or research in a government-recognized educational institution or research institute;

(F) any activity taken by any religious person in accordance with his or her religious practice during the slaughtering of animals for food use and for sacrificial purposes;

(G) any activities or measures taken by the zoo authorities in the zoo under the laws, rules or policies applicable to the management of the zoo; And

(h) any activities or measures taken under the Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act, 202 (Act No. 2 of 2002).

Elimination or removal of unauthorized animals

  1. (4) Except for any reason specified in this Act, no owner-occupied animal can be killed or removed.

(2) If a person kills an animal without an owner, it shall be treated as an offense under this Act.

Use of animals for transport

  1. (4) Any physically inappropriate animal may not be used as a carrier for transportation and no passenger or cargo may be carried by any animal.

(2) The following acts shall be deemed to be an offense under this Act, namely:

(a) the use of such animal in the act, even if it is declared physically inappropriate for use as a carrier for transportation; And

(b) the transportation of excessive passenger or cargo by any animal for the purpose of transportation.

(3) The procedure for declaring the carriage of the animal to be physically inappropriate for transportation and the weight and quantity of passengers and goods transportable by the animal shall be determined by the rules.

Registration of pet production and management

  1. (3) No farm shall be established for the purpose of commercial production and no farm shall be established or maintained without taking registration in the manner prescribed by the rules.

(2) If the registered farm owner appeals for the farm’s demise or if he dies or he violates the terms of registration, the registration authority may cancel or suspend the registration, which may be deemed appropriate to the authority, and take possession of the farm’s farm animals in the manner prescribed by the rules. He can settle.

(4) If a person operates a pet production farm for commercial purposes without continuing to register under this Act or continues to operate a farm where registration has been canceled, it shall be deemed an offense under this Act.


  1. (1) If any sensitive tissue of the organism is removed or removed for organ damage, or if any alteration of the physical structure is made or attempted or assisted in doing so, it shall be deemed an offense under this Act.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), subject to the written permission of the Veterinary Surgeon, horn cutting, tail cutting, ear cutting, for the care of domesticated animals, pets or bound animals; Hoof trimming, ligation, cashstation and haircut can be cut for economic reasons.

Applying poison

  1. (4) Notwithstanding any medicine or food known to be poisonous or harmful, if a person is feeding the animal with such poisonous or nasty drug or food or poisonous substance or applies it to the animal’s body, or attempts to do or do similar acts, resulting in the death of the animal or If there is a permanent injury or a loss of normal size and performance, then the act is a criminal offense under this Act. Shall be regarded as such.

(2) The acts mentioned in subsection (1) shall not be deemed to be an offense in the case of anesthetized animals or in the event of their untimely death (Euthansia) in accordance with the written advice and procedure of the veterinary surgeon, for reasonable reasons.

Animals displaying tactics

  1. (4) Without permission of the authority, no animal may be used for training or physical exercise for physical display.

(2) The Authority may, in the case of granting the permission described in subsection (1) to any person, impose the necessary conditions as may be prescribed for the welfare of the animals, including the permit, in the relevant permit.

(3) The permit granted under this section for the period may be renewed only for the animals mentioned in the permit.

(4) Unless the application for renewal of the permit is given under this section or renewal of the permit, the animal concerned may not be used for physical exercise after the expiry of the period mentioned in the permit.

(4) If any person fails to comply with the conditions laid down in the permit granted under this section, the authority may revoke the permission.

(4) Violation of the provisions of subsection (1) and (3) shall be treated as an offense under this Act.

(4) An application for obtaining permission under this section shall be determined by the rules relating to the application, permit, expiration of permit and renewal of permit.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, this section shall not apply to any of the Government forces, including Defense Force, Border Guard Bangladesh, Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Force and Bangladesh Coast Guard.

Explanation. In this section, “creature of tactics” shall mean an animal in the custody of the owner or supervisor, who is used for any other purpose, such as entertaining, playing, displaying or earning money through physical exercise.


  1. (3) For the purpose of this Act, a police officer who is not under the authority, or a sub-inspector of Bangladesh Police, may inspect all farms registered and unregistered in his jurisdiction at any time and may advise the person concerned to abolish cruelty to animals. You may take necessary steps under the rules made.

(2) The owner of the farm or his representative shall be obliged to provide necessary assistance to the concerned authorities, including permitting the officer or police officer mentioned in sub-section (1) to enter the farm for inspection of the farm.

(3) If the inspection of a farm under subsection (1) is prevented from inspecting the work or if necessary assistance is not provided, it shall be treated as an offense under this Act.

Ability to supervise and kill endangered animals

  1. (4) If any animal remains in a state of crisis, or if such news is reported to anybody, it may instruct the owner or caretaker of the animal to take or take necessary steps to mitigate the crisis or cause the crisis to occur. , Field, police station, fire service May receive the assistance of the local authorities.

(2) In the event of a reasonable rescue of the survivor, no attempt at rescue is made or the attempt to recover from the emergency situation is unsuccessful and, if death is necessary, the permission of the District Magistrate under the jurisdiction, where and where the animal resides. After being rescued, the creature is an unmanageable sick soul If the cruelty and preserve him, authorities took away the compromised pranike uddharakrame painless death if necessary, may be effective.

(3) In taking action under sub-section (2), the authority may, in the field, receive the assistance of the nearest police station, fire service and local authority.

Explanation. In this section, “District Magistrate” shall mean the District Magistrate referred to in Section 4 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act No. V of 1898).

Animals detained and detained animals are treated and cared for

  1. (4) The Authority may, under this Act, take necessary measures to provide for the victim of the crime (Victim), whether in a critical condition, to supervise the person arrested and detained, or, if deemed appropriate, to cause painless death or sale.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the Authority may transmit the animals detained under that sub-section to the Government Veterinary Hospital or to a local authority for medical and medical care.

(4) Unless the animal detained under sub-section (1) is cured, the amount of his medical, food and water supply shall be determined by the veterinary surgeon in the area concerned and the expenses shall be borne by the owner or caretaker of the animal.

Provided, however, that if the supervisor is not available, the authority, or the local authority, may incur such costs.

Crime and punishment

  1. A person may

sub-section (1) of section 3 of this Act , sub-section (2) of section 4, sub-section (2) of section 4, sub-section (1) of section 3, section-12 If a person commits an offense under sub-section (1) and sub-section (1) of section 4, the person is sentenced to a maximum of six (six) months imprisonment or a fine not exceeding Rs. Will be And

(b) if the person commits any crime under sub-section (1) and sub-section (1) of section 4, or assists in committing the crime, the person shall be sentenced to no more than two (two) years imprisonment or maximum (fifty). Thousands will be fined or fined both.

Crimes committed by companies, etc.

  1. In the event of any offense committed by a company under this Act, every director, partner, chief executive, manager, secretary, or any other officer or employee of the company who has direct involvement with the offense shall be deemed to have committed the crime, unless he has proof That the crime may have been committed unknowingly or that the crime should have been prevented. He has done his best for this.

Explanation. This section shall also include

(a) “company” meaning a statutory body, a business organization, a partnership business, a association or an organization consisting of multiple persons; And

(b) “director” means a partner or member of the board of directors.

Taking the offense to justice

  1. Except in the written complaint of the Authority, no court shall admit any offense committed under this Act.

Executability and security of crime

  1. Offenses committed under this Act shall be non-cognizable and bailable.

Mobile court jurisdiction

  1. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Act, offenses committed under this Act shall be judged by the mobile court, subject to the provisions of the Mobile Court Act, 24 (Act No. 2 of 27).

Ability to make rules

  1. For the purpose of this Act, the Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules.

Eliminating ambiguity

  1. In the event of any ambiguity or difficulty in implementing any provision of this Act, the Government may, by order, be able to remove such ambiguity or difficulty, subject to compliance with the provisions of this Act.

Publish translated text in English

  1. (4) After the introduction of this Act, the Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, publish an Authentic English Text translated into English in this Act.

(2) In the case of a dispute between Bengali and English text, the Bengali text shall prevail.

Cancellation and custody

  1. (3) The Cruelty to Animals Act, 1920 (Act No. I of 1920) shall be hereby repealed as stated in the Act.

(2) Notwithstanding the cancellation under sub-section (1)

, any act, any action taken or any proceeding under the said Act shall be deemed to have been done, taken or carried on under this Act;

(B) If any case or proceeding filed is proceeding in a court, it shall be disposed of in such a manner as if the law was not repealed.