According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Senior Minister and Minister with responsibility for Agriculture, Dr. Timothy Harris, the four bills are the St. Kitts and Nevis Animals (National and International Movement and Disease Prevention) Bill, the Public Pounds (Amendment Bill), the Dogs (Amendment) Bill and the Agriculture Produce and Livestock Bill.
The first of the four, St. Kitts and Nevis Animals (National and International Movement and Disease Prevention) Bill, is designed to control the movement of animals into and within St Kitts and Nevis and to prevent the introduction and spread of animal diseases within St Kitts and Nevis and to ensure the safe and humane movement of animals to and from the federation.
The second of the four, as was explained, is a modification to the Public Pounds Act and is designed to tighten the system in terms of keeping cattle in the pound and to modernize the pound system to deal with wild and roaming animals.
The amendment is also to clarify the position between the roles of the pound keeper and the police. This proposed draft law is currently being reviewed by the Legal Department, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Police.
The Dogs (Amendment) Bill – which seeks to modify the Dogs Act – is to revisit and increase the penalties in the Act, revisit certain definitions under the Act and to make some changes to the administration of the Act among other things.
This proposed law – Agriculture Procedure Livestock Bill – is to amend the existing system under the Praedial larceny act. This draft law is to address the problems of theft in the agriculture industry and to provide for the identification of livestock. The proposed law is to amend the existing system under the Praedial Larceny Act.