Animal rights party takes important step in Spanish elections


WHILE Spain braced itself for another maze of coalition talks following Sunday’s elections, PACMA was celebrating the most successful campaign in its 13-year history. 

The animal rights party won more than 280,000 votes, a notch more than one per cent of those cast, more than doubling its share from 2011. 

Chiefly campaigning for an end to bullfighting, PACMA also protests against other traditions perceived as cruel by a growing segment of the population. 

Founded in Bilbao in 2003, the group’s full name is the Animalist Party Against the Mistreatment of Animals and they also fight to protect the environment and for social justice. 

In the latest elections the party toyed with the idea of joining the Unidos-Podemos coalition but were deterred by the lack of a concrete pledge to ban bullfighting outright.  

With a powerful message and proven role in reshaping a variety of controversial bull festivals across the country, PACMA look set to become the movement’s first protest party to break into mainstream consciousness.  


  1. Since I live in Spain, I’m horrified how many people handle their dogs and naturaly I cannot accept the killing of the bulls. I have been making peticions, meetings with the responsable people in the City hall in the town I live but I’m sad to say that it’s very difficult to get positive atitudes. They e.g. let 6 dogs all year all by themselves, feeding them from time to time, in their summer house! These dogs are barking all the time to get people’s attention walking by in the hope of receiving some food. During the night it’s like if they were scared and bark whenever something moves.
    For the whole neighbourhood it’s horrible and for the dogs too.
    We, after many complains could have a poor hunting dog that never came out of a small cage, but once or twice a year when they went hunting, be put in a bigger cage. Since he was crying very often he then was taken away but we hope he is now well taken care off since we don’t know were he is gone.
    Good luck to the PACMA party and we hope that they will also oblige the policitians to educate people to recycle much more and especialy to STOP the burnings of green waste in the open. We are daily inhaling polution because of these fires and they are very dangerous because of the drought. Many people are too lazy to make compost or bring them to bins.
    No wonder Costa Blanca is named “Blanca = white” this because of the white smoke due to these fires! The politicians try to attract thousands of tourists and than they polute them! How disgusting!


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