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Today the Riigikogu passed an Act on Amendments to the Animal Protection Act. It specifies which animals are allowed to be used at animal exhibitions, competitions, fairs and auctions and other public events involving the gathering of animals.

Under the Act, upon public exhibition of animals, it is permitted to use animals born under artificial conditions whose species-specific behavioural habits or life enable that without damaging the health of the animals. The list of animal species and subspecies who are allowed to be used at animal exhibitions, competitions, fairs and auctions and other public events involving the gathering of animals is established by a regulation of the minister responsible for the field. This regulation does not extend to zoos that hold an activity licence. Besides the protection of the welfare and health of animals, the aim of the Act is to prevent the risk of accidents relating to animals at public events, and to prevent people, especially children, from developing misconceptions about animals’ behaviour in free nature on the basis of non-species-specific behaviour of animals that they see during circus performances.

83 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Act on Amendments to the Animal Protection Act (445 SE), initiated by the Government, and there was one abstention.

The Riigikogu passed three Resolutions:

Under the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Amendment of the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Formation of the Anti-Corruption Select Committee”” (501 OE), submitted by the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction, Mart Nutt is appointed as a member of the select committee to replace Kalle Muuli.

70 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Resolution.

Under the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Amendment of the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Formation of the Riigikogu Study Committee to Solve the Demographic Crisis”” (502 OE), submitted by the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction, Maire Aunaste is appointed as a member of the study committee to replace Helir-Valdor Seeder.

78 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Resolution.

Under the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Amendment of the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Formation of the Riigikogu Study Committee to Draw Up the Development Objectives for the State Reform”” (503 OE), submitted by the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction, Marko Pomerants is appointed as a substitute member of the study committee to replace Siim Valmar Kiisler.

69 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Resolution.

A Bill was dropped from the proceedings of the Riigikogu:

The Bill on Amendments to § 27 of the Preschool Child Care Institutions Act (478 SE), initiated by the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction, would have restricted the upper limit for the fees for places in kindergarten so that the part of the fee per child covered by parents would not exceed ten per cent of the minimum wage rate.

The lead committee moved to reject the Bill at the first reading. 69 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and five were against. Thus, the Bill was dropped from the legislative proceedings.

During the debate, Krista Aru from the Free Party Faction and Heljo Pikhof from the Social Democratic Party Faction took the floor.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian).

Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://youtube.com/riigikogu
(NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)

Riigikogu Press Service
Merilin Kruuse
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e-mail: merilin.kruuse@riigikogu.ee
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