Spain: Draft of a Deviant Law on Animal Welfare

March 03, 2023
Interior of the Spanish Senate

A bill proposed by the government seeks to modify the Spanish Penal Code with regard to offenses against animals. This project aims to strengthen penalties is cases of animal abuse. On the one hand it modifies an organic law of 1995, and on the other hand it accompanies a new law on animal welfare, proposed by the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 agenda.

In itself, it is legitimate to protect animals from forms of human cruelty. But the main reason given by the law is animal welfare, biodiversity, and above all, the fact that animals are endowed with sensitivity.

It should be noted that these reasons are insufficient and, without this being included in the brief text of the project, based on an “anti-speciesism” vision, which consists in reducing or even abolishing the difference between species, and especially between animal species and man, even if it means giving rights to animals.

Moreover, the draft law on “the protection of the rights and welfare of animals” was initially titled “on the protection, rights, and welfare of animals.” The title change is nothing short of innocuous. Giving rights to animals is giving them an equivalence with humans, who alone are subject to rights.

This philosophy leads to consequences that will be more and more aberrant or frightening, if common sense is not exerted. The bill in question is already going to ridiculous or monstrous ends.

The new article of the Penal Code, after the planned amendment, would say that “any person who, (…) by any means or process, (…) causes an injury to a vertebrate animal which requires veterinary treatment to restore its health, shall be punished with imprisonment from three to eighteen months.”

As a ridiculous consequence, it should be noted that, if a mouse or a rat entered a house, the owner who might attack them could be punished with three to eighteen months of imprisonment.

In another horrendous part, it is specified in the same article, that an act of bestiality, which would require “veterinary treatment to restore the health of the animal,” would be punished with the same penalty. In other words, if the intervention of the veterinarian is not necessary, the act is not punishable.

It is the reversal of legislation established by art. 337.1 of the Penal Code – abolished by the new law – which punished these acts which are difficult to speak of without horror.

These false philosophies are formidable weapons that want to completely and radically destroy natural law, to build a society that depends only on the will of man and his desires, whatever they may be.