THE Animal Rights Protection Commission has presented a series of proposals to the Government of Spain’s Balearic Islands to tighten up the legislation to protect animals.
The lawyers demand that new measures are incorporated into the Law of Protection for Pets which is currently in a period of public debate. They urge that penalties ranging between €5,000 and €100,000 are enforced, the latter for the most serious cases of abuse.
Pet owners would be fined for a range of actions deemed to be cruel including keeping dogs chained up where a rule would be implemented to ensure that each canine has access to a fenced plot of land measuring at least 50 square metres, in addition to access to a properly insulated shelter. They also ask that the sale of animals through the internet is prohibited and that there is greater control of kennels and other centres where animals are housed.
The Commission claims that “in order to achieve social change” children in primary and secondary schools in Mallorca and the rest of the Balearic Islands should be educated on animal welfare and protection.