By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Debates over punishment for animal cruelty have resurfaced in the lower house of the Brazilian Congress just weeks after activists raided the Instituto Royal located in the city of São Roque, São Paulo state, taking 178 beagles from the research center.

Due to a lack of consensus, however, current penalties for animal cruelty as stipulated by Brazilian law appear likely to remain the same as talks within the Congress stall. Some members continue to call for harsher sentencing while others fear negative consequences from increased criminalization.

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