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07/11/2004 Archived Entry: "UK to protect slugs, snails, and worms?"

EITHER THE ONION HAS DONE A PERFECT PARODY of the Telegraph or the Brits are going even loonier than we imagined:

A new animal welfare law that will offer slugs and snails the same protection as cats and dogs was condemned by gardeners yesterday.

Legislation to be announced by the Government this week will give courts the power to impose fines of up to 20,000 and 12 months in jail on people found guilty of mistreating animals. ...

The legislation could lead to gardeners being fined for killing insects, worms, caterpillars, slugs and snails, if scientific evidence proves they have suffered pain and distress. Ministers say the law, which updates existing legislation, is needed to protect animals from abuse.

Next: manslaughter charges for stepping on ants.

Posted by Claire @ 10:35 AM CST

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