By John Ensor •
Published: 28 Aug 2023 • 8:42
A new law will be brought in by the Spanish government that will ban certain home pets from September.
On September 29, the Spanish Government will enforce the new Animal Welfare Law, which will make certain pets that were previously legal, illegal to own, according to OK Diario.
Under this law, owners of these now-prohibited pets will be required to notify the relevant authorities of their possession within six months of the law coming into effect. Furthermore, the competent authorities will take necessary actions to transfer these animals to wildlife protection centres, zoos, or animal protection entities.
Examples of animals that will be prohibited as pets once the Animal Welfare Law is in force are: mice, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, parrots, budgies, lovebirds, turtles, spiders, hedgehogs, Vietnamese pigs, snakes, iguanas, chameleons, and geckos.
For those who already own any of these animals, they will have a six-month window from September 29 to inform authorities. This ensures that the animals are handed over to animal protection organisations, wildlife protection centres, or zoos.
It’s crucial to stay informed about these regulations and comply with them to ensure the well-being of pets and the preservation of wildlife. A significant aspect of this law is to promote public awareness and education about animal welfare.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that there will be fines and penalties for those who violate these regulations. This includes breaches of animal welfare standards, failure to register exotic animals, and illegal possession of animals. The law also aims to support animal protection centres and organisations dedicated to the care and conservation of wildlife.
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Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina.
He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.
hamsters and rabbits? wtf?
Seriously? And parrots, guinea pigs etc.? This is NUTS. A neighbour in La Cala has a beautiful and very friendly African Grey parrot… they would never want to give him up.
They will have to kill me before getting my reptiles!
I wonder who is going to have the Guts to remove a Favourite pet from a little kid. I for one would not allow it. Get rid of bullfighting first
Please Get Rid of Bullfighting first,since you care so much about animals in Spain.
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