On March 29, 2009, the Spanish Federation for Animal Welfare, FEB, started a campaign in the autonomous region of Castilla-La Mancha highlighting the need to update the Animal Protection Law of this region, because it was obsolete, and focused only on pets, with derisory penalties.
After a long impasse and two drafts, and the relevant allegations have been made by the parties, including ADDA and FEBA, the Government of CLM plans to exclude from the new regulation hunting dogs, due to the pressure of the hunting lobbies.
This would be an inacceptable discrimination of these dogs, as well as a contradiction that would undermine the purpose of the new law which aims to improve animal welfare. On October 2017, Spain ratified the European Convention on the Protection of Pet Animals, which, inherently protects all dogs, without exception.
FEBA, or one of our members, will study legal actions in case this exception to the new law comes into force.