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All groups except Vox support the treatment of the initiative so that animals cease to be ‘things’

The Plenary of the Congress of Deputies approved, with the support of all groups except Vox, to consider a bill by which animals will no longer be considered as simple things and will be recognized as sentient beings in Spanish law, which allow courts, among other things, to determine their custody regime in divorce or separation proceedings.

The initiative proposes to amend the Civil Code, the Mortgage Law and the Law of Civil Procedure concerning the legal regime of animals. The proposal was based on an initiative, first of the citizens in 2017 and collected a year later by the PP, which was then taken into consideration and which was worked on in the presentation and the commission. However, the legislative proposal then fell on deaf ears when it declined with the 2019 election call.

Now, in a bill jointly promoted by the PSOE and United We Can collect the gauntlet of this initiative to undertake these changes which, for example, will imply that in the processes of seizure or deportation, animals will no longer be considered as real estate. cannot be taken back as a vase or a car.

The initiative is based on the principle that “the nature of animals is different from the nature of things or goods” and introduces into the rules relating to matrimonial crises precepts intended to specify the care regime for companion animals, taking into account of your well-being.

In her defense, the Socialist deputy Sandra Guaita asked for majority support in the Chamber for the initiative because “the treatment” which is still granted to animals in Spain to make them subjects of law is not acceptable, since 40% of households have a pet that becomes “just another member of the family”.

“We are moving towards more and more feminist and ecological societies which must also be more and more animal. We must now civilize man in his relationship with nature”, declared the deputy, who considers that it is necessary put an end to the years of legislative delay in Spain. compared to other neighboring countries which recognize animals as “sentient beings”.

The MP believes that the legislative changes will address issues such as the abandonment of animals, settle disputes in the event of separation of couples by establishing guard quarters and declaring that animals are not subject to the capture.

In the turn against, Vox deputy Angel López Maraver described the non-bill of the “social criminal who advances in a decadent society towards a barbaric civilization that leaves the animal at the feet of the horses and the men at the gates of the corridor of the death “.

According to him, the initiative is not made “for animals but for real animals” because trying to give animals the laws and rights of men is “as foolish” as to put man in the laws of the herd. . From the PSOE, the MP called on the MP for “more empathy, respect and compassion” and to stop enjoying the pain and abuse of animals.

De Foro Asturias, EH-Bildu, PNV, Más País-Verdes Equo, BNG, JxC, ERC were in favor of the parliamentary treatment of the initiative which they qualified as a “moral obligation” for the good treatment of animals during their conception as sintinte beings, according to social sensibility and in accordance with the legal system of the surrounding countries. However, they demanded that after this “first step”, the Parliament goes “further” and continues to undertake transversal reforms and with “agility” in the matter.

De Cs, MP Guillermo Díaz, called on the government to start bringing to the House various initiatives in the field of animal welfare for which he announced “the support and amendments of citizens to all” and spoiled the intervention by López Maraver.

Similarly, United We Can MP Juan López de Uralde challenged MP Vox for saying “certain things” that cannot be accepted, such as the qualifiers of social criminals or animals.

However, he announced that this modification will be “the first step” of a “new relationship between animals and the Spaniards” through the improvement of animal welfare, the modification of the penal code, among others.

Finally, PP MP María Jesús Moro called “shame” López Maraver’s declarations against a reform that establishes that owners have duties and obligations towards their sentient beings. Thus, he recalled the trajectory of this proposal in the Chamber and thanked all the deputies, NGOs and other entities who worked there for the work while announcing the support of his group to deal with the Government’s initiative.

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