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New Animal Protection Laws in Spain

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2022 6:30pm
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DarioMartin

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🇪🇸 Spain’s Animal Protection Law is set to receive full legislative approval on Friday,

After several months of discussions, Spain’s Ley de Protección Animal will on Friday February 18th receive approval by the Spanish Cabinet, allowing a new set of animal protection laws to finally come into force.

These are the actions which are forbidden under Spain’s new Animal Protection Law.

  • Mistreating or physically abusing animals. 
  • Treating animals negligently or undertaking other practises that can cause them suffering, physical or psychological harm or even death.
  • Abandoning animals in either indoor or outdoor spaces.
  • Mutilating or carrying out cosmetic bodily modifications on animals, with the exception of operations necessary to ensure their well being or for sterilisation purposes, which must be accredited by a veterinarian’s report.
  • Using an animal for fighting purposes or training them to be aggressive.
  • Using animals for artistic or commercial purposes as well as other public spectacles that cause them anxiety, suffering or pain. 
  • Breeding for genetic selection purposes that could result in health problems for the animal, or any unauthorised breeding of pets
  • Selling or exhibiting animals in shops for commercial purposes (except fish). The transfer of animals, whether at a price or free, has to be carried out directly with the breeder or shelter without any intermediaries seeking a profit. The sale of animals by unlicensed breeders or regular pet owners is not allowed.
  • Donating or adopting an unidentified animal. The free transfer of ownership must be reflected in a contract, along with the animal’s identification details.
  • Using animals in advertising without prior official permission. 
  • Using collars, leashes or spikes that strangle the animal or electric devices that can cause harm to the animal.
  • Tying an animal to a moving vehicle. 
  • Using domestic pets for animal or human consumption. 
  • Euthanising an animal without prior permission from a vet and without any other purpose than avoiding its suffering. 
  • Using an animal for unsuitable or arduous work based on the animal’s traits. 
  • Using an animal for begging purposes. 
  • Bird trapping, especially finches. 
  • Feeding pets carcasses, entrails or offal from animals that haven’t undergone the correct health checks.
  • Gifting animals as a reward, prize, in raffles or in sale offers.
  • Permanently keeping pets on balconies, terraces, attics, storage rooms, basements, vehicles or other similar spaces. 
  • Permanently releasing domestic pets into the wild or other environments in nature.
  • Disposing of a dead animal’s body without prior identification or notification to the relevant authorities.
  • Using any device or mechanism designed to restrict their mobility unless prescribed by a vet.
  • Leaving an animal unsupervised for three consecutive days. Depending on the type of dog breed, this period should not be longer than 24 consecutive hours.
  • Culling feral feline colonies without prior authorisation from local governments and carried out by anyone other than a vet. 

Matthew

Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2022 9:05am

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Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2022 9:05am

Hats off to Spain for such laws. I see releasing domesticated pets into the wild is an offence.(Interesting!). Then there's culling of feral felines. If these two laws were combined I'd be in favour of culling the uncaring cat owners who release their felines into the wild. 

There is no law that forbids feeding feral cats. But, Local Government can authorise vets to kill feral cats though. And then there is the waiting staff in restaurants who practically make love to dogs and then without washing hands service dining tables (different subject, I know). I haven't go round to lambasting the dog owners who let their animals roam freely and frightening innocent people. While I am against capital punishment, I am prepared to have dog-owners who allow their dog drop their loads all over public streets to be publicly executed.

    No animal was hurt in the making of this post.

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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2022 12:42am

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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2022 12:42am

Thanks for posting this Dario brilliant news, I just hope the local Police and Garda read the same posting and act on it!!!!!!!

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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2022 7:16am

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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2022 7:16am

Jenni wrote on Fri Feb 18, 2022 12:42am:

Thanks for posting this Dario brilliant news, I just hope the local Police and Garda read the same posting and act on it!!!!!!!

Guardia have always been pretty good about animal protection, but I think always considered “lazy” because they never seemed to do more than talk to the owners of neglected or abused / abandoned animals.  Well now they have the laws to back them up.

Many of the laws above seem to have been written and aimed directly at the hunters who either unlawfully destroy or just abandon the dogs after the hunting season; also seem to have been aimed directly at people who just dump the carcasses of dead animals in dustbins.  I’d like to believe Spain is getting serious about animal protection by addressing directly concerns about animals that are raised.

It will also make it easier to stop bullfighting eventually ….

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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2022 11:38am

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Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2022 11:38am

DarioMartin wrote on Fri Feb 18, 2022 7:16am:

Guardia have always been pretty good about animal protection, but I think always considered “lazy” because they never seemed to do more than talk to the owners of neglected or abused / abandoned animals.  Well now they have the laws to back them up.

Many of the laws above seem to have been written and aimed directly at the hunters who either unlawfully destroy or just abandon the dogs after the hunting season; also seem to have been aimed directly at people who just dump the carcasses of dead animals in dustbins.  I’d like to believe ...

...Spain is getting serious about animal protection by addressing directly concerns about animals that are raised.

It will also make it easier to stop bullfighting eventually ….

Thanks for taking the time to write all of this, it’s just great news at last. Also, dumping not just carcasses, live animals in bins too.  

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Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 1:50am

Matthew wrote on Thu Feb 17, 2022 9:05am:

Hats off to Spain for such laws. I see releasing domesticated pets into the wild is an offence.(Interesting!). Then there's culling of feral felines. If these two laws were combined I'd be in favour of culling the uncaring cat owners who release their felines into the wild. 

There is no law that forbids feeding feral cats. But, Local Government can authorise vets to kill feral cats though. And then there is the waiting staff in restaurants who practically make love to dogs and then without washing hands service dining tables (different subject, I know). I haven't go ...

...round to lambasting the dog owners who let their animals roam freely and frightening innocent people. While I am against capital punishment, I am prepared to have dog-owners who allow their dog drop their loads all over public streets to be publicly executed.

    No animal was hurt in the making of this post.

The dog poop 💩 situation in Vera Playa, Garrucha and Mejorca is disgusting. In Vera Playa 220 poops around the sidewalk areas of one block.  My hats off to Spain for passing their new law protecting dogs. 
Don 

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Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 7:49am

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Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 7:49am

Paradise wrote on Sat Feb 19, 2022 1:50am:

The dog poop 💩 situation in Vera Playa, Garrucha and Mejorca is disgusting. In Vera Playa 220 poops around the sidewalk areas of one block.  My hats off to Spain for passing their new law protecting dogs. 
Don 

Have you got a workable solution Paradise?

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Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 10:33am

Matthew wrote on Sat Feb 19, 2022 7:49am:

Have you got a workable solution Paradise?

More signs, more ‘poop’ bins, cameras and consistent giving fines 

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Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 11:15am

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Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 11:15am

Matthew wrote on Thu Feb 17, 2022 9:05am:

Hats off to Spain for such laws. I see releasing domesticated pets into the wild is an offence.(Interesting!). Then there's culling of feral felines. If these two laws were combined I'd be in favour of culling the uncaring cat owners who release their felines into the wild. 

There is no law that forbids feeding feral cats. But, Local Government can authorise vets to kill feral cats though. And then there is the waiting staff in restaurants who practically make love to dogs and then without washing hands service dining tables (different subject, I know). I haven't go ...

...round to lambasting the dog owners who let their animals roam freely and frightening innocent people. While I am against capital punishment, I am prepared to have dog-owners who allow their dog drop their loads all over public streets to be publicly executed.

    No animal was hurt in the making of this post.

Actually Matthew I will correct you there, when we lived in Valencia the village we lived in the Mayor banned feeding ferel cats and having them neutered. Then when we moved to Murcia the same thing, So although not a national law it can be implemented by the mayor in the village.  Bit short sighted if you ask me  if the ferel cats were neutered then there would be such a problem. 

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Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2022 11:57am

Jenni wrote on Sat Feb 19, 2022 11:15am:

Actually Matthew I will correct you there, when we lived in Valencia the village we lived in the Mayor banned feeding ferel cats and having them neutered. Then when we moved to Murcia the same thing, So although not a national law it can be implemented by the mayor in the village.  Bit short...

... sighted if you ask me  if the ferel cats were neutered then there would be such a problem. 

Paradise says more signs, more poop bins, more cameras to resolve the problem of dog poo everywhere. Signs haven't worked in the past, poop bins stored everything except dog poo and camerassssssssss! -  Do you think the love the dogs brigade are going to allow cameras work to have themselves potentially prosecuted? Try using your mobile to film dogs behaving badly and believe me you will be risking your life. 

And Jenni has come up with an idea to neuter the feral cats. If somebody could come up with the way the previous owners of feral cats could be neutered we wouldn't have the problem anyway. 

I'm not getting any solutions here. I think I'll have to speak with the other owners of motor homes whom I met recently and a solution will be found. Owners of motorhomes are used to being innovative and I know they won't fail me.

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