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New Pet Law


In Spain, according to data from the National Association of Pet Food Manufacturers (ANFAAC), there are more than 29 million pets. Abandonment or lack of identification are some of the most frequent problems with them. In order to solve this situation, last March the Official State Gazette (BOE) published the Animal Welfare Law, which comes into force today. It is a new regulation that adopts stricter standards for pet owners and that affects all animals that live with us at home and all wild animals that are under human care.


Parts of this law are a good idea, others i don't understand the thinking behind it, and its still not benefiting all animals, especially as Bullfighting and Bull Running will still be allowed, amongst other cruel traditions.

The objective, points out the Ministry of Social Rights, is “to fight against the mistreatment, abandonment and sacrifice of animals.” Thus, it is expected that animal abuse will be punished, for the first time, with more than a year in prison and up to 36 months in case of death.


In this sense, "the use of spikes or choke collars, electrical devices that cause damage or carrying animals tied to moving motor vehicles are prohibited." In addition, it is planned that dolphinariums and zoos will progressively be converted into “native species recovery centers.”


Circuses with animals, which some regional legislation already prevents, are prohibited with this new law, but popular celebrations with bulls are excluded. -

SO MUCH FOR THE LAW BEING AGAINST MALTREATMENT AND SACRIFICE.

What is considered a domestic animal, according to the new law

The species that can be pets are:


  • Dogs, cats and ferrets

  • Production animals that are registered as companion animals by decision of their owner

  • Falconry birds (trained birds of prey)

  • Animals in aquariums not included in the catalog of invasive exotic species or protected wild species.

  • Birds and other mammals to be sdded over the next 4 years.


It is prohibited to have poisonous animals, reptiles weighing more than two kilos (except turtles), any primate, wild mammals weighing more than five kilos or threatened species. From mandatory insurance to being able to travel with a pet on public transport


After the approval of this new law, to have a pet the owner must comply with a series of things. One of those that has drawn the most attention is that these “must prove completion of a training course of indefinite validity.” Thus, every owner must pass this free course, which recognizes that they may be responsible for an animal, a requirement that only the owners of the dog must meet. As yet no course is set up or approved. 🙄🙄


It is also mandatory to have civil liability insurance for dogs which, in many cases, is already integrated into the home insurance.


Identification with a microchip also takes on special importance, as does the need to turn to a professional in the event that the animal shows coexistence problems in its behavior.


The law favors the carriage of pets into means of public transport; In the case of shipping companies, airlines and trains, they will have to take measures to facilitate access for pets, as long as the owner respects security measures and ensures the correct behavior of the animal.


A clause against abandonment and a commitment to well-being and coexistence


The law also provides that a pet cannot be left unsupervised for more than three days in a row, a period that is reduced to 24 hours in the case of dogs. And seeing dogs or cats on terraces or patios, although it is not prohibited, is limited in time because we will not be able to do it “permanently.” Nor can we leave them in closed vehicles, exposed to heat or cold, or tied to the doors of a business without supervision.


Likewise, the new measures urge to "prevent animals from depositing excrement and urine in areas where other people usually pass, such as facades, doors or entrances to establishments" and to "remove them or clean them with biodegradable products." - ALL RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS ALREADY DO THIS, YET ITS THE HUMANS THAT DROP LITTER, DOG ENDS ETC. 😡🤬


Cohabitingpets must be limited to five when the Animal Welfare Law comes into force, unless there is authorization from municipal services.


IF I FIND ANOTHER CAT IN THE STEEET NEEDING HELP I'LL HAPPILY BREAK THE LAW AND NOT LET IT DIE.

The new law also establishes rules to avoid the uncontrolled reproduction of pets. The objective is for breeding to be carried out by responsible people who are registered in the Registry of Pet Breeders. And it specifies that measures must be taken to avoid uncontrolled reproduction, opting for sterilization and making it mandatory in those animals that cannot be controlled.


In this sense, all cats will have to be identified and sterilized before six months, except those that are registered as breeders. The objective is to control the colonies of community cats and progressively reduce their population. The law obliges municipalities to register them, identify them, sterilize them and monitor their health.


Can I be fined for failing to comply with any of these points?

Yes, depending on the type of violation. If it is minor, the fines can range from 500 to 10,000 euros; if it is serious, between 10,001 and 50,000 euros; and if it is very serious, between 50,001 and 200,000 euros. In the case of a light sanction, non-compliance with prohibitions and obligations will be taken into account. -

SO IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY - AND THOSE THAT LIVE ON THE STREETS WHAT ABOUT THEIR DOGS WHICH ARE OFTEN THEIR ONLY COMPANIONS.

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