Green light for Spain’s first animal rights law


The Council of Ministers gave the green light on Monday “in the second round” to the law on animal rights, a rule which, among other things, toughens the penalties in the event of animal abuse and proposes a policy of zero sacrifice, except for health reasons.

The rule, promoted by the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, aims to end the abuse, abandonment and sacrifice of animals. One of the biggest changes in this legislation, the draft of which was approved by the Council of Ministers on February 18, is precisely to prevent the slaughter of pet animals, except for health reasons and euthanasia.

The Animal Rights Act, a “pioneering rule in our country”

In an appearance after the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Territorial Policy and government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, assured that the government had given the green light in the second round to the law on animal rights: “a pioneering standard in our country”. The minister pointed out that “many autonomous communities and town halls had already carried out exercises in this direction”and said that “it is about laying the foundations for a common legal framework”.

Ultimately, according to Rodríguez, the goals “the most important of this law that you already know – he said- and what the Minister of Social Rights has explained to you here is to put an end to the mistreatment of animals by also reformulating the penal code in terms of its penalties, the abandonment and sacrifice of animals”.

This law also pursues “to give an answer to a society, the Spaniards, which has in one in three households an animal with which they live and do their daily life”, added. In this way he “It gives an answer, and with it the government is fully in tune, to the feeling of a Spanish citizenship where animals are one more member of families”concluded Isabel Rodríguez.

End “impunity” for aggressors

This first animal rights law “it makes us more human” at the end of “impunity” of the attackers, with prison sentences and fines of up to 200,000 euros, the Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, Ione Belarra, told the media in a video,

“The vast majority of our society cares for, loves and respects animals and we want our country to have legislation accordingly”, he added. In addition, regulations combat abandonment by requiring that all pets be identified and that breeding can only be done by registered breeders.

This is a “very serious problem” in Spain, so “Last year more than 285,000 dogs and cats arrived in shelters”, underlined the minister. Circuses with wild animals and the marketing of dogs, cats and ferrets in pet shops, as well as their display and exhibition to the public for commercial purposes, are also prohibited.

Zoos and dolphinariums will be converted into centers for the recovery of native species, and the use of animals in activities and shows in which they could suffer injury or death, such as cockfighting or pigeon shooting, will be prohibited.

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