ANIMAL abuse fines triple in Spain’s Valencia region.
Hailed ‘the most advanced animal rights laws’ in all of Spain, the Valencian Community Courts approved new measures to protect the nation’s animals last week.
The new law will see fines for animal abuse of up to €45,000, three times as much as they were before.
Valencian Community councillor for rural development, Mireia Mollà, told reporters the new law recognises animals as ‘sentient beings’ deserving of ‘dignity’.
“This law is one of the most advanced in Spain concerning animals of companionship, and changes the terminology of possession from words like ‘owner’ to ‘person responsible’.”
As well as fines for direct abuse, the new policies prohibit the exhibition of animals, their donation as a prize, aggressive training, and the ‘sacrifice’ of any animal.
Perhaps the most radical change to the law is the obligation of members of the public to report any suspected animal abuse to the authorities.
The fine structure works from ‘mild’ (€3,000) to ‘serious’ (€9,000) to ‘very serious’ (€45,000).
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