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World Spain: The animals now recognized by the law

22:55  03 december  2021
22:55  03 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Animal welfare and rights in Spain is about the treatment of and laws concerning non-human animals in Spain . Spain has moderate animal protections by international standards.

The Protocol recognized animals as "sentient beings" (rather than mere property) and required countries to pay "full regard to the welfare requirements of animals " when making laws regarding their use.[25]. Spain passed a non-legislative measure to grant non-human primates the right to life, liberty, and freedom from use in experiments. However, this required further action by the government to become formal law , which was not taken.[25].

Manifestation contre la corrida du parti pro-animaux Pacma devant les arènes de Las Ventas à Madrid, le 18 septembre 2021. © AFP - Oscar del Pozo Demonstration against the corrida of the political party Pacma before the arena of Las Ventas in Madrid, September 18, 2021.

The Civil Code Spanish changes the Relationship to animals they are domestic or wild. From now on, in the eyes of national legislation, animals will no longer be considered "things" but as living beings who feel and suffer.

with our correspondent in Madrid, François Musseau

Already, several of the seventeen Spanish regions had included in their legal disposition of the clauses favorable to animals, especially to domestic animals. But this time, it's a real step forward since the standard changes nationally and in the penal code.

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Animal law is a combination of statutory and case law in which the nature – legal, social or biological – of nonhuman animals is an important factor.

The Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) is a proposed inter-governmental agreement to recognise that animals are sentient, to prevent cruelty and reduce suffering, and to promote standards on the welfare of animals such as farm animals , companion animals , animals in scientific research

Now, no animal can be abandoned or abused and, another large novelty, can not be far from his master in case of separation or divorce thereof. In the latter case, will now be taken into account not only the interests of humans but also animals.

Animalist movements Satisfied

Animalist movements, and especially the animalist party, applauded both hands a reform that he has for many years. In Parliament, almost all political courses supported this amendment. With the observed exception of the far right of Vox for whom "it is an absurdity and a stupidity, because it is a way of humanizing the animals and thus to dehuman men".

Other flat from rural associations, close to hunters, but not only. These believe that this change in the Penal Code is adapted to the people of cities, but much less to the inhabitants of the inner Spain.

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