The objectives of this Bill are to develop animal health and breeding; to help meet demand from local and foreign markets for quality animal products; to prevent animal disease, and; to regulate breeding farms and compounds.
If the bill is approved, the Animal Health and Development Law 1993 will be revoked. The 1993 Law was the first law seeking to regulate livestock following Independence. Before this, there was the Live-Stock Importation Act 1898, the Glanders and Farcy Act 1899, the Dourine Act 1910, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1930 and the Animal Pests Act 1939.
In 2010, the 1993 Law was amended to include regulatory clauses for beekeeping.
Unlike the previous law, the new Bill includes the formation of a Central Committee which will formulate policy; coordinate related departments and organisations; manage breeding farms, pastureland and animal feed farms; issue rules and regulations with the consent of the Union Government, and; disseminate announcements, orders, directives and regulations. In addition, the responsibilities of Chief Veterinarian and duties and powers of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department are also included. Penalties for contravening the law have also been updated.
The Animal Health and Breeding Development Bill has been posted on the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw website.