MADRID — Animal rights teams and pet store house owners marched Sunday in separate demonstrations to protest a brand new animal welfare legislation proposed by the Spanish authorities that seeks to advance the safety of animal rights.
The draft laws has fueled criticism by animal rights teams after a last-minute modification excluded looking canine from the legislation’s safety, assembly looking lobbies’ calls for.
Underneath the “similar canine, similar legislation” slogan, 1000’s marched in Madrid and dozens of different Spanish cities in coordinated demonstrations to induce the federal government to revive looking canine to the legislation, which raises fines for animal abuse to 200,000 euros ($216,000) and introduces a attainable two-year jail sentence for probably the most critical circumstances.
The abandoning of 1000’s of greyhounds on the finish of each looking season has earned social consideration within the final years in Spain, the place the adoption of those animals as home pets has noticeably as folks turn out to be conscious of the tough circumstances a lot of them endure within the countryside. Greyhounds are used to hunt animals comparable to rabbits and pheasants.
The ‘No looking’ platform’s spokesperson, David Rubio, stated that Spain will not be solely the one nation left in Europe that permits looking with canine but it surely additionally holds the report for many canine deserted within the EU.
A couple of streets away, pet store house owners protested, saying they are going to be pressured to shut their companies below the brand new legislation as a result of it solely permits licensed breeders to promote cats, canine, and ferrets. 1000’s of jobs might be misplaced, they are saying, and the black marketplace for pets and unique animals will develop.