The law was approved by the Spanish Congress on the 9th of February, 2023 and was published in the Official State Gazette on Wednesday, the 29th of March.
‘Working dogs’ used for hunting and guarding livestock are not protected under the new measures created to improve the ‘safety and welfare of all animals’. The measures include; a compulsory training course for dog owners, a ban on cockfighting, and tightened restrictions on the breeding and selling of animals.
Fines ranging from 50,001 to 200,000 euros have been introduced for non-compliance with the new laws.
The Breeding and Sale of Pets
Pet shops will no longer sell or display dogs and cats to encourage adoption. Only registered breeders who obtain a license from their local authorities will be permitted to breed or sell animals, and the number of litters will be limited. At this time, The Vegan Review could not find any further information on how permits will be obtained.
Although banned in most countries globally, cockfighting has now been prohibited in The Canary Islands and Andalucia.
Insurance Required and Free Course For Dog Owners
A free online course teaching dog owners how to look after their pets and mandatory civil liability insurance will be required.
Circuses, Festive Activities and Banned Animals
A new list of animals allowed to be kept as pets in Spain has now been published that protects wild species. Live animals are no longer allowed in circuses, and animals are now banned from being used in cultural or festive activities.
Both male and female cats must be sterilised before 6 months old under the laws.