Today, the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 has put on the table the draft of the new Animal Welfare Law in which it deploys a battery of “legal mechanisms” to promote welfare and prevent the abandonment of animals. animals. Sergio Garcia, the general director of Animal Rights, affirms that they have a clear objective: “zero sacrifice”.
But in addition, the new Animal Welfare Law has a series of keys with the aim of protecting the rights of animals. The draft, which is called the Law on the Protection and Rights of Animals, is still at the expense of the reports from the rest of the ministries, so it can change, but the intention of the department led by Ione Belarra is for it to reach the Council of Ministers next November.

Keys to the new Animal Welfare Law

The Justice Commission of Congress, with full legislative competence, has approved the Law Proposal to modify the Civil Code, Mortgage Law and Civil Procedure Law on the legal regime of animals so that they stop be considered things or immovable property. Thus, from Mascotissimas, we teach you all the keys.

Animals will become sentient beings

This modification in Spanish law allows them to acquire rights like people. This implies that in case of divorce or separation, a judge must decide on the custody of the family pet as it does with the children.
In addition, since they are no longer considered a “real estate” or “thing”, they cannot be seized in the event of eviction.

They may not be alone for more than 24 hours

Pet owners may not leave them on terraces, patios or basements, or in closed vehicles, exposed to heat or cold, or tied to the doors of an establishment without face-to-face supervision. The legal draft also establishes thatA pet may not be alone for three consecutive days and, in the case of dogs, the term may not exceed 24 hours . According to the rule, which must still go through the Council of Ministers, the advisory bodies and the Courts (so it may be modified), the owners of pets must “keep them integrated into the family nucleus, in a good state of cleanliness and hygiene”.

Dog owners must take a training course

The new Animal Welfare Law aims to ensure proper responsible ownership and thus dog owners must take a course on the attention and care that these animals need.

Pets will not be sold in stores

The Government intends that there be “zero abandonment” and soThey will stop selling pets in stores and also their “exhibition to the public” for commercial purposes . Doing so will be considered a serious offence, with penalties ranging from 3,001 to 30,000 euros. In addition , the sterilization of animals that usually live in open spaces and can interact with other animals of the same species and different sex will be forced.

The owners will not be able to raise their own pets .

To raise them they must be registered in the National Registry of Breeders . It is thus intended that breeding is a professional task and that the owners stop profiting from the sale of animals. This will depend on the General Directorate of Animal Rights and they must accredit training.

The breeding of wild animals is prohibited
The legal draft prohibits the breeding of non-native wild animals , that is, those originating from another country, both terrestrial and marine, as well as commercializing them, particularly for the exploitation of their skins or by-products. The possession of wild animals will be prohibited in private homes.

Zoos may not breed or acquire new animals

And zoos or dolphinariums may not breed or acquire new animals, except for threatened species. Animal suffering is also avoided in pilgrimages, cavalcades or processions , where they cannot be immobilized. And circuses with wild animals are prohibited .

There will no longer be Potentially Dangerous Dogs
Each animal will be valued individually and will no longer be valued for its breed “notwithstanding that, by regulation, the conditions in which they should be handled are established, after carrying out a study of sociability”.

The slaughter of animals is prohibited Animals

will no longer be slaughtered unless they have an incurable disease, or for health or environmental reasons . Sacrificing an animal in public will carry fines of up to 600,000 euros. The same will be imposed on those who train or use animals for confrontations, such as cockfights., which continue to occur in some communities. The same thing happens with shows “in which they may be subject to undignified treatment” such as pigeon shooting, specifies the text, which is vetoed to homogenize its regulation throughout the country.

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