A few days ago, the Council of Ministers approved the draft Law on the Protection, Rights and Welfare of Animals, which must now face the parliamentary procedure in which it can be modified in innumerable ways. The text, promoted by the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, has already encountered its first major obstacle in the majority partner within the Government, the PSOE, which has announced an amendment to leave dogs outside the scope of application of that Law. used for hunting, just the ones that most need that protection.
The PSOE has yielded to the pressure of the hunters, those who claim to love the animals they shoot, those who claim to care for their dogs, although the images of greyhounds and hounds crowded into dungeons, chained in cubbyholes, hanged, thrown alive into ditches and ravines, or simply abandoned in fields and ditches, be the daily bread of those of us who continue to shout that hunting is violence in all its forms.
The PSOE has decided that two dogs, even if they are the same, same age, same breed, even if they have the same fears and the same interests (we should no longer have to explain that dogs are capable of processing emotions and, therefore, of suffering) they will be protected or not by the Law depending on whether they (badly) live with a hunter or if they are lucky enough to live as a family. That is, if they live with a family that cares for them and protects them, the Law will also do so. If they are used and exploited throughout their lives and abandoned, in the best of cases, when they are no longer useful, then the Law will not be on their side either. It doesn’t sound coherent or socialist.
Faced with this scenario, dozens of animal protection groups have joined in the call, on September 24, at one in the afternoon, for a rally at the gates of the Congress of Deputies and are spreading a new version of the logo of the PSOE, whose fist, in addition to grabbing the rose, holds a rope that drowns a dog. The slogan is as clear as it is simple, although the socialists do not see it: #MismosPerrosMismaLey. In addition, on September 30, taking advantage of a day on animal protection organized by the Parliamentary Association in Defense of Animal Rights (APDDA), entities such as FAPAM call for a rally at the gates of Congress at 2:30 p.m. These are just some of the actions that are being organized to ask the PSOE for a rectification.
Many of these groups have sent to all the parliamentary groups of the Congress of Deputies, the same ones that will have to decide on each article of that Law, an open letter in which they explain that they had been “happy” with that step by the Council of Ministers , although “the great news” will be its final approval.
“We want a decent state animal protection law that makes us equal to other European countries in public animal protection policies in Spain” and for this reason, they add, “we have accepted, wanting much more”, that some measures have been softened. However, “we know that certain lobbies have tried and are trying to derail this law with false and sometimes completely inconsistent controversies.”
The text is “improvable”, they say, but “we applaud that for the first time in the history of this country animals occupy a law” that reaches Congress. Now it is necessary to guarantee “minimum” such as the management of feline colonies through the CER method (capture, sterilization and return), that “there are no” lists of PPP (potentially dangerous dogs) and that it includes dogs used for hunt.
“What we did not expect at all was a betrayal of the government pact for the protection of absolutely all dogs, because the PSOE allowed itself to be manipulated by the pressure of a lobby whose presidents of hunting federations are mostly in Vox”, they assure, which makes them seem not only “cowardly” but also “not very intelligent, since ethically protecting a corrupt elite that does business with these barbarities corresponds to a right-wing party.” “It has us quite worried”, they add, that in the PSOE they do not seem to be aware of “who their voters are”.
They claim to speak on behalf of the protectors that each year absorb the “waste” of the hunters, those who leave “litters or puppies ‘unfit’ for hunting hanging from trees or abandoned.” These dogs are “the most mistreated”, they insist, “kept in filthy dungeons called ‘rehalas’ without seeing sunlight or going out more than on hunting day, desperate; under the rain or at 40º tied for 24 hours, sometimes to ropes less than 40cm, hungry, sick, thirsty and breeding without control, riding them looking for ‘hunting perfection’ of their hobby.
“We are fed up with the impunity with the mistreatment and abuse of the working class, (which they also claim to represent) but even more so with the abuse of these animals used as tools or merchandise”, whose “uncontrolled breeding” also causes “slave labor”. in the protectors that voluntarily assume never valued jobs that solve their problem while helping and subsidizing with public money those who infamously create this problem that shames us in front of the world.”
In addition to all this, they denounce that with this amendment the PSOE skips the guidelines of the European Union, which asks for protection of biodiversity and care of the forest, since lead and the hunting farms used to justify their activity contribute nothing to these objectives.
“If you don’t want to lose more credibility,” they say to the PSOE, “we demand a public rectification” and the announcement to eliminate that amendment “because there is no scientific or any kind of justification (less after considering all sentient beings in the Penal Code) it can give rights to some and not to others, even being of the same species” just to avoid hunters having to get involved like others in the care of these dogs and place them “above the law”.
“Those of us who deal with the animals affected by this law are groups that do not usually go out on the streets, more than anything because of the workload that we always have on us. We have no time for anything other than to cover our jobs and take care in our free time of many jobs that animal protection means, even bureaucratic. But we are clear that we want the law, that we are many and that we represent a force that can well affect the economy of this country, that we vote, and we will never vote for those who forget about vulnerable groups and animals”, they conclude, warning in addition to what would happen if all those protectors stopped doing this work and left it in the hands of the Administrations, which “really have always been in charge” of taking care of abandoned or seized animals, curing them, caring for them and looking for a new opportunity for them.