Application of the Dutch ban on keeping animals (“houdverbod”) as a special condition attached to a suspended sentence (full text only available in Dutch)
- Leiden, I. van, Ham, T. van, Hardeman, M., Scholten, L., Wijk, A. van
- Beke, WODC
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Cruelty to and neglect of animals are criminal offences, in the perpetration of which harm or injury is inflicted upon animals, animals are deprived of care, or animal welfare is otherwise impaired. In the criminal prosecution of perpetrators of cruelty to and neglect of animals, the court may impose an injunction on the offenders to keep animals for a specific period of time. In the Netherlands, this so-called ban on keeping animals ("houdverbod") can be imposed by the criminal court in the form of a special condition imposed in combination with a suspended sentence.
The study provides insights into the prerequisites for adequate application of the ban on keeping animals and outlines possible alternative forms of application of this ban. In this summary, the main results of the study are brought together.
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