The reform of the crime of animal abuse, together with the animal welfare law, “represents a time bomb” that threatens to end hunting activity in Spain. This is the conclusion of the Association of Regional Rehalas (ARRECAL), which is calling for the resignation of Sergio García Torres, General Director of Animal Rights, and the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra.
As ARRECAL warns in a statement, the reform of the Penal Code proposed by the Government of Pedro Sánchez “would mean the exaggerated expansion of the crime of animal abuse” and that the increase in penalties “violates the principle of proportionality” in criminal matters.
The new modification makes practically any non-reckless injury to an animal a crime and even classifies as a misdemeanor any damage that does not even require veterinary treatment. In addition, add up to nine aggravating circumstances and all sorrows rise.
Although hunting dogs have not been included in the final text, “the standard grants an unprecedented and much higher status to animal organizations and linked to them», comments Felipe Vegue, president of the association. «The rehalas are suffering the persecution of these groups in many cases, and with this legislation the Government puts the rehaleros at the foot of the horses, “he adds.
In Spain, more than 85% of the 600,000 pieces of big game that are shot each year they do it thanks to the participation of dogs. “Without rehalas there is no hunting and, without hunting, it will be impossible to carry out population controls of deer, wild boar and other species of big game,” they add from ARRECAL.
With the future of hunting at stake, the president of ARRECAL has called for the resignation of the general director of Animal Rights, Sergio García Torres, and of Minister Belarra, “for the perpetration of two regulations that violate common sense and what do they want put against the wall to an essential activity such as hunting.