14.07.2017 Spain: open day webinar to present the Master “Animal, Law and Society”

On 14th of July, from 12:00 to 14:00 hours (eastern time), an OPEN DAY webinar will be held in order to announce the Master "Animal, Law and Society" and its program.
The contents of the course and the academic funtioning will be developed in the conference. Master students, alumni and professors will also make an introduction of the Master.
The contact email to apply is formacion@derechoanimal.info


Petition No 2032/2013 by by Nuria Menendez de Llano Rodriguez (Spanish), on the violation of EU legislation on the protection of wolves in the region of Asturias, Spain

Petition No 2032/2013 by by Nuria Menendez de Llano Rodriguez (Spanish), on the violation of EU legislation on the protection of wolves in the region of Asturias, Spain 

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Spain: increasment of number of pets abandonned

In a recent written question, the Spanish MEP Marina Albiol Guzmán alerted the EU Commission on the increasment of pets abandonment in Spain. In 2014, at least 200 000 cats and dogs have been abandonned.

Question for written answer E-006505/2015 to the Commission Rule 130 Marina Albiol Guzmán (GUE/NGL)

Subject: Dramatic number of abandoned pets in Spain

Animal protection organisations have counted many thousands of cases in Spain of pets being abandoned. They calculate that at least 200 000 were abandoned last year. Furthermore, this shocking figure represents an additional problem for the public administration authorities, which have to spend resources on rescuing these animals and rehabilitating them. In this regard a citizens’ initiative has gathered over 280 000 signatures to date calling for substantial changes to the applicable regulations.      

1.    Does the Commission propose to implement any strategy regarding the well-being of pets?             

2.    Does the Commission intend to draw up a Directive to support the fight against the ill-treatment and abandonment of pets?


Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

In the context of the EU animal welfare strategy 2012-2015 (1) the Commission commissioned a study on cats and dogs involved in commercial practices. The results are still under evaluation and will be properly considered by the Commission within the limits of its mandate.

  1.   COM(2012) 6 final

Report on 2014 infringements of EU legislation

Today, the EU Commission has published its report for 2014 on the infringement of EU legislation. 

It shows that number of infringement procedures opened has decreased. Greece and Italy are on the top for infringement, followed by Spain, Belgium, Poland and France. The lowest number of infringement is in Croatia, Estonia and Malta.

The main domain concerned by infringement is Environment.



Read the full report on http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5326_en.htm


10-11.07.2014, Barcelona, International Animal Law Conference

Date: 10 and 11 July 2014

Location: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain



Costs: From 100€ to 200€ according your situation

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Commission to recover €318 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States, mainly from France


Today, the EU Commission announced that 318 Million of Euros will be claimed to the Member States. This monney was given by the EU to the Member States in the frame of the EU agricultural policy funds. Every year, the EU Commission is checking the way the money is used in the Member States and can ask for reimbursement in case of breach of the rules.

This year, the EU Commission estimated that some sountries do not comply with EU Rules on CAP fundings. The main concerned countries are Denmark, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Finland and UK. France alone will have to reimburse to the EU Commission about 290 million of euros for weaknesses related to the allocation of entitlements or for deficiencies in the Young farmer measure and in the control of the subsidised loans.


Spain: A bullfighter condemned for animal abuse

José Antonio Canales Rivera, a famous Spanish torero was sentenced to pay a 600€ fine by a Spanish Court for animal abuse. The complaint came from an animal welfare organisation, and was related to the mistreatment of a horse. However, this is the first time that a bullfighter is condemned for animal abuse.

More information on http://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_espagne-un-torero-condamne-pour-maltraitance-envers-les-animaux?id=8138355


11-12.07.2014 International Animal Law Conference, Barcelona

2014 International Animal Law Conference

Date: Friday and Saturday July 11 and 12, 2014

Location: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

More information: www.animallaw.info/policy/poanimallawconf2014.htm or www.derechoanimal.info

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EU Commission is asking Spain to inquire on dog meat production in their territory

On 6th April 2013, Frederic Vincent, spokeman of DG SANCO has asked the Spanish Authority to investigate the meat scandal. Indeed, last week the Dutch Newspaper "De Telegraaf" announced that dog and cat meat could have been found in Spanish animal feed but also in meatballs. The newspaper also reveals that few month ago the Spanish authorities have discovered a clandestine organisation producing dog meat used for animal feed.

More information: http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/21447138/___Spaanse_honden_in_gehaktballetjes___.html and http://www.la-clau.net/info/soupcons-de-viande-de-chien-espagnole-dans-des-boles-de-picolat-8127