THAILAND (Reuters) – Thailand’s Ministry of Animal Welfare (MAW) has announced it will start enforcing the country’s new controversial Animal Welfare Act in March and a court will be set up to investigate the law’s constitutionality.

The law, which came into effect on Tuesday, requires owners to give at least 90 days’ notice before selling or letting live animals on the street, and bans the killing of animals by neglect.

“There will be a court case in which the animal welfare officer will have to determine if the law has the force of law,” MAW spokesman Chiang Maung-wai told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

The measure comes after a wave of deaths at a local dog show that sparked international outrage.

The animal show was attended by celebrities, politicians and others including President Prayuth Chan-ocha, the son of Thailand’s previous leader, who is also the countrys current prime minister.MAW has already set up a committee to investigate how the law will be implemented.

“We have been waiting for the court to decide whether the Animal Welfare Law has the power to be enforced.

We need to be careful.

We have to be sure the law is constitutional,” Chiang said.

The court hearing will begin on Monday and is expected to last a few days, according to Chiang.

In March, MAW also began enforcing the Animal Protection Act and a similar law aimed at fighting animal cruelty.

The Animal Protection Law states that it is illegal to use animals for any commercial purpose, or for the purpose of trade.MAH has already launched an investigation into how the Animal Preservation Act was implemented.

It is illegal in Thailand to destroy, mutilate or breed live animals, including dogs, cats and rabbits.MAWD has also been cracking down on animal trafficking and the illegal export of live animal parts.MAWW, which has been under the control of the government since 2006, is responsible for the welfare of animals, with over 1,400 registered dogs and cats and thousands more on the streets.

In January, a court upheld the Animal Abuse Prevention Act that requires people to give notice to owners before selling their pets.