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Parliamentary question - P-000614/2022Parliamentary question

Exclusion of hunting dogs from Spanish animal welfare bill

Priority question for written answer  P-000614/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Anja Hazekamp (The Left)

Every year, around 50 000 dogs are abandoned or killed in Spain when they are no longer deemed ‘useful’ for hunting. Currently, the Spanish Government is discussing a draft animal welfare bill, which calls for a registration system for dogs in order to reduce the number of dumped animals. The hunting lobby has pressured the Ministry into excluding dogs used for hunting purposes from this bill. Registering all dogs follows the recommendations adopted by the European Parliament[1]. What will the Commission do to urge Spain to include all dogs in the Spanish animal welfare bill?

Parliament’s resolution also voices EU citizens’ concerns regarding the horrible treatment of hunting dogs. Does the Commission recognise that galgos are no less sentient than other dogs, and that their treatment is far below the animal welfare standards of the EU?

The massive overbreeding of dogs used for hunting creates an international problem, with many organisations working to facilitate the adoption of abandoned Spanish dogs in other EU countries. As adoptions fall under ‘trade’, does the Commission collect data on the number of pet adoptions from Spain to other EU countries, in order to gain insight into the cross-border effects of the poor treatment of dogs in Spain?

Last updated: 15 February 2022
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