At the session in BiH Parliament yesterday (December 5) the House of Representatives voted in the new amendments to the Animal Welfare Act. 20 voted yes, 14 no, 7 sustained.
BiH legislation process is one of the most complex in the world. I don’t understand it fully but, this is the gist:
The changes to the Animal Welfare Act were voted through yesterday by the BiH House of Representatives, BUT the changes now have to be supported by members of the House of Peoples, and will go through a similar process that they went through with the House of Representatives before they can be officially legislated – there is a first and second reading, and an ‘amendments’ phase. The House of People have fewer delegates than the House of Representatives, and the legislation process has more issues, but there are the same phases.
So: there are two more voting procedures and only if the amendments pass both times will they will become officially legislated.
I have teen told that it’s usual that the House of Peoples supports whatever MPs already agreed about and voted for in the House of Representatives, but we must not give up hope.
If the law is legislated, then there are further processes and issues: “Harmonization” is last part of the process. If the amendments are legislated in both Houses, then they need to be ‘harmonised’. Again I’m not sure of the specifics of this, but one activist has told me that if the law is legislated it will end up in the constitutional court since the currently proposed amendments have many contradictions – the whole law will have to be reworked and harmonized with itself because it “really looks abominable in the amended form.”
To sum up: the picture is unclear and there is still possibility for the amendments to be voted against or changed.
It is unlikely but……
Please keep writing to your MEPs, Embassies, media etc. All information is in the related posts listed below. If there is anything further we can do I will keep you updated. The situation in BiH has been bad for so long, including numerous and continued transgressions of the Animal Welfare Act. We just have to keep at it, keep uncovering illegalities and keep campaigning.
We also need to keep supporting the activists on the ground, so please share this YouCaring with your friends as we need to raise funds for continued investigations of shelters and other critical activities. THANK YOU.