The PAN wants to prevent pet owners from permanently restraining them or placing them on balconies for extended periods of time, through a bill delivered this Tuesday to the Assembly of the Republic.
With this certification, People-Animals-Nature introduces amendments to the Ordinance with the Rules of Application of the European Convention for the Protection of Companion Animals and wants to demonstrate that “animals may not be housed in balconies, verandas and similar spaces, without prejudice to their casual presence in these places for a period not exceeding three hours in Today “.
The PAN also wants to include in the decree that “an animal may not be permanently restrained or fettered” and “in the event that the use of chains or mooring proves indispensable to the safety of people, the animal itself or other animals, and there is no substitute, the matter shall always be restricted to on the shortest possible period of time, without exceeding three hours a day, while always maintaining the animal’s needs for exercise, shelter, food, water, hygiene and recreation.”
The party expects that a violation of this rule “constitutes animal abuse, a crime stipulated and punishable by the Penal Code” and proposes that it come into force within one year after the law’s publication.
The certificate also states that “company animals cannot be left alone, without human or other animal companions, for more than 12 hours.”
PAN MPs also want to promote annual awareness campaigns for the “responsible detention of pets, in particular, dissemination of current regulations and good practices regarding their shelter and detention” and they want government and local authorities to implement a “pet decommissioning scheme”.
This plan “will include the implementation of solutions appropriate to their housing conditions, as well as financial support for this purpose in cases of social and economic vulnerability,” the initiative also foresees, noting that this support “could be directed from budget allocations to municipalities in the field of animal health and protection, detention and control of pets “.
The bill also stipulates that all municipalities must issue public annual administrative reports “with the number of pet grooming and removal operations, indicating the type of animal, the situation in which it was found, the solution adopted and the amount spent” and that the government submit to Parliament “a report on situation at the national level.
In a statement, PAN spokeswoman, Ines Souza Real, stressed that “there are many allegations found across the country for animals living permanently in chains, without housing conditions, with extremely negative impacts on their well-being.”
In the bill’s explanatory note, PAN states that although the certification was already “subject to successive amendments,” the rules on conditions of detention and housing for pets “maintain their original wording, accusing the natural mismatch of two decades without any updating.”
Representatives argue that “if they are kept chained or confined in a confined area for hours, days, months or even years,” the animals “may suffer serious psychological and physical damage due to the cumulative effects of isolation, frustration and boredom” and can also become aggressive, and suggests that the permanent chaining It is already banned in parts of Spain, France, Germany and some US states.