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Caravaca takes a firm step towards having an Ordinance on the Protection and Responsible Ownership of Animals, a pioneer in the Region of Murcia (07/10/2020)

| The Plenary Hall hosted the meeting in which it was constituted and the first steps were taken to comply with the ends of the Animal Welfare Table, pending actions since its approval in plenary session in 2017 | One of the objectives of the table was the analysis of the draft ordinance, on which it has been working for several months, to analyze it and collect the proposed suggestions in the next call The Caravacan City Council updates an outdated municipal regulation in order to achieve a balance between the rights and coexistence of people and animals The table -convened by the newly created Department of Animal Protection- included among its assistants the mayor, the general director of Agricultural and Livestock Production, the dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Murcia, the president of the College of Veterinarians , the 'Econciencia' Association, as well as a wide representation of agents involved With representation of numerous agents involved in the matter, the Plenary Hall of the Consistory hosted the meeting in which the Municipal Board of Animal Welfare was formally constituted, where its objectives, composition were determined and the draft regulatory ordinance that will be pioneering was analyzed in the municipalities of the Region of Murcia. "The protection and animal welfare and the responsible ownership of animals requires a local body to bring together all the voices that can contribute their experience, vision and opinion on the management of our municipality and this tool is the Animal Welfare Table, agreed in a plenary session of 2017 and that to date was not constituted, "said the mayor, José Francisco García, who added that" one of the main objectives has been to debate and collect contributions to the draft municipal ordinance, which has been working since for months and seeks a balance between the rights and coexistence of people and animals ". The mayor of Caracas also thanked "the strong support that the Animal Welfare Board has obtained, with a prominent presence of stakeholders, while having words of special thanks to the volunteer association 'Econciencia', for the collaboration they have been giving the newly created Department in this City Council with the name of Animal Welfare ". Municipal Board of Animal Welfare Specifically, the general director of Agricultural, Livestock and Marine Production, Francisco Espejo; the dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Murcia; Gaspar Ros; the president of the Official College of Veterinarians of the Region of Murcia, Teresa López; as well as the councils directly involved, Local Police, political groups with municipal representation, municipal technicians, municipal veterinarians, canine educators and all those people who, in one way or another, have wanted to take part due to their involvement in the matter during their presentation public and that there is still time to do so in the next calls. "We intend, through dialogue, consensus and teamwork, to obtain a broad vision for the drafting of a definitive document based on the draft ordinance, the content of which is unanimously proposed by said Table, for approval in session plenary, "said the councilor who directs the Animal Protection area, Ana Belén Martínez.

"In this way, we will update a municipal regulation totally outdated for years, by virtue of the Law of the Region of Murcia for the Protection and Defense of Companion Animals," he said. Ordinance on the Protection and Responsible Ownership of Animals Ana Belén Martínez said that the ultimate objective of the ordinance is to "guarantee the welfare and protection of animals, avoiding situations of cruelty and mistreatment, lack of assistance, omission or neglect of care and unnecessary suffering, as well as preserving health, safety and tranquility of citizenship and protection of the environment ". In this line, it will work on objectives with specific measures to promote responsible tenure, the fight against abandonment, the promotion of adoption and sterilization and the rules for a good neighborhood coexistence by the owners. The Department of Animal Welfare, in addition to preparing the draft ordinance presented at the table, has promoted another series of initiatives such as a protocol of action in cases of abandonment to guarantee zero sacrifice, awareness campaigns and canine education days, among others initiatives.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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