Martorell declares itself an ‘animal-friendly municipality’ and will strengthen the fight against ill-treatment

87th International Dog Show.  Ca n'Oliveras
Dog Exhibition at Ca n’Oliveras

The City Council will declare Martorell an ‘animal-friendly municipality’, encourage the creation of a protocol to prevent its mistreatment and abandonment and carry out public awareness campaigns. This was decided at the Municipal Plenary last Monday. The five political groups voted in favor of joining thePact of Teguise‘through a motion proposed by Junts by Martorell and the PSC against animal cruelty.

“In Martorell we have 3,500 pets and there is an increasing sensitivity towards the subject. This is very good, because it means that we are an increasingly modern and developed society ”. This is how the mayor of Martorell, Xavier Fonollosa, expressed his support: “We declare ourselves a municipality in which we do not want any kind of animal abuse, and that has sensitivity and support for the organizations that defend them. ”.

Xavier Fonollosa, alcalde de Martorell

The council also urges the Spanish government to prevent cases of cruelty and to amend the Penal Code to toughen sentences; calls on the state and regional administrations to increase resources in the municipalities to develop animal welfare and wildlife protection policies; improving accessibility to public transport and carrying out new institutional awareness-raising campaigns against ill-treatment, abandonment, fostering adoption and animal health, among others.

The Pact of Teguise receives this name because in this canary locality a case of violent death of a dog took place, that was gagged until the suffocation. It is a movement that looks after animal protection and considers it “intolerable that beings with feelings and conscience are mistreated”, as PSC spokesman Lluís Tomás pointed out when defending the point. One of the goals is for administrations to take legal measures to raise the level of animal protection “and reach zero cases of ill-treatment.”

Lluís Tomás, portaveu del PSC

In addition to abuse, the Pact also aims to fight dropouts, which reached 138,000 cases statewide in 2018 according to the Affinity Foundation. On the other hand, it collects data from the Real Sociedad Canina de España (RSCE), which show that during the beginning of the escalation the abandonment of dogs increased by 25%.

Alternatively, the document promotes adoption and advocates sterilization, arguing that it has many advantages: prolonging the life of the animal, reducing the risk of contracting certain carcinogenic diseases, improving behavior and reducing overpopulation.

Source: Web de notícies de l'Ajuntament de Martorell by

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