The Barcelona City Council, through the Department of Animal Protection, has initiated a second disciplinary proceedings against ‘Milanuncios’ for maintaining “illegal” advertisements for the sale of animals on its website.
Barcelona City Council fined Thousand Ads and Vibbo with 150,000 euros for illicit trade in animals
According to the council, the file provides for a fine of 250,000 euros, in addition to the 150,000 euros of penalty that the company already had to pay as a result of the first file opened in 2019. The third deputy mayor, Laia Bonet, recalls that ” Barcelona has been a pioneer in Spain when it comes to completing an administrative procedure for illicit trade in animals and we will do it as many times as necessary to ensure compliance with the regulations. ”
Last May, the Barcelona City Council required the Adevinta company to withdraw “immediately” or amend the animal transaction announcements published on the ‘Milanuncios’ web portal that did not comply with the applicable regulations in Barcelona. Specifically, it required the withdrawal of a total of 50 animal transaction announcements published on the web that did not fully or partially respect the provisions of the Ordinance on the protection, possession and sale of animals and in the Legislative Decree of Protection of the Animals of Catalonia. It was also required to include mandatory information fields in the animal transaction announcements for advertisers in the city of Barcelona.
In a statement, the consistory assures that it is by virtue of this law, due to the fact of not having taken any type of corrective measure, due to the lack of diligence in the field of animal protection and the serious repercussions of the announcements of transaction of animals that are published on this website that this second sanctioning file has been initiated for an amount of 250,000 euros.
Regarding the initial file, filed in 2019, the company Adevinta Spain SLU proceeded to pay the penalty imposed, of 150,001 euros, and filed a contentious-administrative appeal, which is currently underway.