The Obligation to Assist Injured Animals
Article 6 of the Animal Protection Act says: "Any person who injures an animal must render assistance to the animal as may be necessary and if he/she is not able to do it himself/herself he/she must arrange for assistance to be provided."
Animal Friends suggests the following text, i.e. supplement of Article 6: "Any person who injures an animal must render assistance to the animal as may be necessary and if he/she is not able to do it himself/herself he/she must arrange for assistance to be provided. If it is not possible to establish who injured the animal, the local self governing unit must organize the assistance to be provided."
Explanation: The most frequent way of animals getting injured is on the road, and the person driving most often carries on. If somebody else wishes to help the animal, but has no money to pay for the treatments (which is mostly the case), no veterinary station wants to take over and treat the animal. We think that, in order to ensure citizens' protection and security, the financing of collecting and treating injured animals should be done by local self governing units, in collaboration with a particular veterinary station/surgery. It is dangerous for citizens to touch the injured animals themselves, as they could react aggressively due to fear and shock. Also, an uneducated person can make the injury worse. If an injured animal is lying in the road, there is a danger of further road accidents because most people will try and avoid the animal. It is necessary to regulate this matter more clearly because it is a paradox having a service that will collect a dead animal, and a service that will collect the live animal, but injured is outside of the system, until they spontaneously recover or die.
The proposal from Animal Friends for this change to the Animal Protection Act is from the year 2012.