The hunting sector stands up and demands the exclusion of hunting from the rule that is being processed in the Congress of Deputies
The tireless work that the entire hunting sector has been carrying out aims for the PSOE to fulfill the commitment it made to Spanish hunters: Exclude Hunting from the poorly achieved Animal Welfare Law. Everyone knows that these last few years have not been favorable for hunting, for hunters and for the hunting sector as a whole. The decisions of the Government of Spain and Europe are slowly suffocating the rural world. To such an extent that, from the Extremeña Hunting Federation, and we understand that, from the group of autonomous Federations and the Royal Spanish Hunting Federation, we are convinced that they want to finish us off. End the practice of a sport, of an ancestral custom. But we will not let them. We have repeated it on numerous occasions, the historic demonstration of 20M in Madrid, marked a before and after in the fight to preserve our rights as Spaniards and as hunters. In the fight to defend our individual Freedom to hunt. Thus, on August 1, all the alarms went off again when the Council of Ministers approved the Bill for the Protection, Rights and Welfare of Animals. Hard to understand. First, because there was a commitment on the part of the political force that supports the majority of the Government, the PSOE, to exclude Hunting from the Law, and second, because approving a bill of this substance in the middle of August seems to us At least a lack of respect. At that time, the autonomous hunting federations headed by the Royal Spanish Federation frontally rejected the bill and asked for the exclusion of all hunting, dogs, rehalas, and auxiliary animals in hunting. A bill that has received more than 6,000 allegations, to date, we imagine that there will be many more.
meetings with parties
Faced with this complicated scenario, the Royal Spanish Hunting Federation and the autonomous hunting Federations did not hesitate to urge the political parties represented in the Congress of Deputies to put a stop to the preliminary draft Law on Animal Rights, promoted by the Ministry of Social Rights, due to the threat it poses to hunting, the rural world and the very animals it claims to protect. In this way, a series of work meetings began with the different parties and national deputies, with the aim of making known the consequences that the approval of the draft bill would have and of gathering the necessary support so that the Draft bill does not obtain sufficient votes and the radical animalistic drift that is guiding the policies of the current central government can be put to an end. The preliminary draft Law on Animal Rights subjects hunting and other activities in the rural world to a situation of serious legal defenselessness, while at the same time entailing a complete invasion of regional powers, both with regard to hunting activity and animal welfare .
The commitment of the PSOE
In this sense, it should be remembered that on March 29, after a working meeting held with the RFEC at its national headquarters, the PSOE undertook to exclude auxiliary animals from hunting from the Bill on Animal Rights.
On behalf of the Socialists, Santos Cerdán, Secretary of Organization of the PSOE, and Juan Francisco Serrano, spokesman for Agriculture of the PSOE in the Congress of Deputies, attended this meeting. Precisely, Juan Francisco Serrano himself publicly stated on June 23 at an Animal Welfare Conference, organized by the Artemisan Foundation and El Mundo, that the PSOE’s position would be “that auxiliary hunting animals be left out of the draft. We cannot compare an auxiliary hunting animal such as that of the rural environment with a companion animal such as that of a city”.
A law and reform of the CP
Breaking down some of the most damaging aspects of the Animal Rights Act, highlighting that it would make the survival of rehalas, falconry, recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, practically unfeasible, or even the recording of hunting documentaries; and it would turn into abuse many of the hunting actions that are typical of the activity.
Regarding the reform of the Penal Code, it contemplates disproportionate penalties by extending the classification of animal abuse to all vertebrate animals, seriously endangering hunting, fishing and other activities of great importance to the rural world. Hunting could have its days numbered if the reform of the Criminal Legislation on animal abuse finally comes into force, since it could end the hunting activity if the classification of animal abuse is extended to all wild species. The focus is on two modifications: the increase in prison sentences up to 2.5 years for any type of abuse towards a vertebrate animal and that hunting is not left out of this situation, this would be one more step in the attempt of hunting being considered mistreatment. It seems obvious that it is one more step to try to criminalize hunting and equate it with abuse, which would be the end of hunting activity, the great success pursued by the anti-hunting lobby. They want to impose their animalistic ideology and steal the right of an important part of the citizens of this country to decide how we want to relate to nature.
How is the situation
Ten days ago, on September 13, the Socialist Parliamentary Group in the Congress of Deputies informed the Royal Spanish Hunting Federation that it had presented the amendment in which hunting would be excluded from the Bill on Animal Rights , thus fulfilling what was announced on December 8 by its spokesperson, Patxi López.
Although we valued the news very positively at the time, the Royal Spanish Hunting Federation (RFEC) and the Autonomous Federations analyzed the specific terms of this amendment, which seem to be in line with the demands made by the sector, and we ask the group to exercise caution in the face of a that is still open and must be resolved in the coming weeks.
The work does not stop today, from the RFEC and the rest of the federations we continue working with all the parliamentary groups of the Congress of Deputies to stop the Animal Law project promoted without consensus by the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, whose owner is Ione Belarra, or to ensure that hunting activity is completely excluded from the legal text. Precisely, the national federated body thanked and appreciates the sensitivity shown by the majority of parliamentary groups towards a fundamental sector at an economic, social, cultural and environmental level. For all this, and for what may happen in the immediate future, until the parliamentary process is completed and we see the amendment that excludes Hunting from the Animal Welfare Law approved, we cannot stop fighting and working together. “We encourage the ‘Orange Tide’ to continue working against a law that wants to end hunting.”
We ask for the exclusion of hunting, dogs, rehalas, and auxiliary animals in hunting.
On September 13, the PSOE presented the amendment in which hunting is excluded
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.