MADRID (AP) — Animal rights teams and pet store homeowners 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 canines from the legislation’s safety, assembly looking lobbies’ calls for.
Underneath the “similar canines, similar legislation” slogan, hundreds marched in Madrid and dozens of different Spanish cities in coordinated demonstrations to induce the federal government to revive looking canines to the legislation, which raises fines for animal abuse to 200,000 euros ($216,000) and introduces a potential two-year jail sentence for essentially the most severe instances.
The abandoning of hundreds 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 individuals turn out to be conscious of the cruel circumstances a lot of them endure within the countryside. Greyhounds are used to hunt animals reminiscent of rabbits and pheasants.
The ‘No looking’ platform’s spokesperson, David Rubio, mentioned that Spain isn’t solely the one nation left in Europe that permits looking with canines nevertheless it additionally holds the file for many canines deserted within the EU.
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Just a few streets away, pet store homeowners protested, saying they are going to be pressured to shut their companies underneath the brand new legislation as a result of it solely permits licensed breeders to promote cats, canines, and ferrets. 1000’s of jobs can be misplaced, they are saying, and the black marketplace for pets and unique animals will develop.
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