Madrid, December 14, 2021.- The Animalista Party has written a letter to PM Pedro Sánchez, Luis Planas, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Sergio García Torres, General Director of Animal Rights, in the which requests that the prohibition of the use of animals as hunting tools be included in the Draft Law on the Protection and Rights of Animals.
In addition to the excessive delay in the time of this draft law, as pointed out by PACMA, it has transpired that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food intends to differentiate in the draft the dogs used as hunting tools and even that they be It values excluding them from the scope of the law. According to Minister Planas, «the accompaniment by rehala dogs in the hunt has to be the object of a singular consideration».
From the Animalista Party they argue that Spain is the only country in the European Union where hunting with rehalas is still allowed. «The dogs that are forced to form part of them, are, unfortunately, already the object of a» singular «treatment: every year, at the end of the hunting season, thousands are abandoned and killed in terrible ways; hanged, thrown in wells, burned … », they remember from the formation. Furthermore, the conditions in which most hunters keep their dogs are appalling, they note.
PACMA reminds the Government that the Intergroup of the European Parliament on Animal Welfare and Conservation addressed in March a letter to both the state and regional governments showing their concern about the treatment given in Spain to animals used as hunting tools . Thus, the training indicates as «shameful» that Spain has the highest rate of abandonment of animals in Europe and that the Intergroup has to explain to the Government that there is nothing that justifies giving animals used as hunting tools legal protection different from the rest of the animals considered companion, and that they are not being protected from the mistreatment they suffer systematically.
From PACMA they argue that, despite the claims of MEPs, Spanish administrations not only do not act in this regard, but also promote, protect and even declare this practice as an Asset of Cultural Interest. For animal training it is inadmissible that now, with this law, it is valued to further shield the mistreatment suffered by these animals. Most of Spanish society does not identify with these practices, but, on the contrary, is ashamed of a concept of culture and traditions based on the mistreatment and exploitation of animals, they recall.
For all these reasons, and in addition to supporting and expanding the measures suggested by the Intergroup, PACMA requires the Government not only not to grant, under any circumstances, less protection to animals used for hunting, but to include it in the Preliminary Draft of Law on the Protection and Rights of Animals the prohibition of using animals as hunting tools, be they dogs, ferrets or birds or any other animal.