Spain’s Partido Animalista, known by the initials PACMA (Partido Animalista Contra el Maltrato Animal), has convened a protest rally for Thursday in front of the national Congress to draw attention to its proposed Ley Cero animal welfare and protection legislation, which has received more than 200,000 signatures of support online.
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The animal-rights party, which is not represented in Congress despite having won more votes nationwide in the last two general elections than some of Spain’s legacy political parties, has called the rally to demand that Spain’s political parties support its animal-protection legislation, which has languished in the face of congressional inaction since PACMA presented the Ley Cero in May 2017.
PACMA’s Ley Cero aims to remove the disparities and contradictions in legislation governing the treatment of animals at the regional and local levels nationwide by creating a single national law providing for the welfare and protection of animals.
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The proposed legislation would close circuses using animals in their acts, as well as zoos and dolphinariums, in order to end the captivity and exploitation of animals for the purpose of human entertainment.
The Ley Cero also calls for an end to bullfighting and bull-baiting festivals in Spain and would ban the extermination of pets, as well as their breeding and sale by the pet industry, promoting sterilization and adoption as a humane alternative.
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