by Kornwaree Panyasuppakun A Bill approved by the Cabinet, making it mandatory to register dogs and cats, has ben derailed after pet lovers cried foul over the high fee for the registration documents, threatening to abandon their pets. The bill, approved by Cabinet on Wednesday, allows municipalities to charge a maximum fee of 450 – 500 baht for registration, 100 baht for a book of identity and 300 baht for identification tools such as microchips. It sets the maximum fine for violation at 25,000 baht. However, the bill does not specify where the money will go or how it would be spent to improve animal welfare. “We don’t object if the government charges registration fees, but the amount must be appropriate and the agency must explain how the income is spent,” wrote the Watchdog Thailand page. “Personally, I think it [the registration bill] doesn’t tackle the problems, but makes them...
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