“Pets are not being abandoned in an exaggerated way because of this law yet, but it is going to happen. One of our native tortoises, the mora tortoise, is a protected species and one that could be kept at home. There is a lot in the area Levante and in Andalucía. When having that tortoise without documentation, went from being a misdemeanor to a crime, were abandoned en masse. 3,600 died,” he says on the show.
“The biggest problem is that we don’t know which animals are prohibited. They have approved a positive list in which they will decide which animals are going to be on that positive list and which are not. If it is not on that list, it cannot be had. They say that it will be a technical scientific committee that will decide this, but it will be directed by the Head of the Ministry of Animal Rights, who is neither a scientist nor a technician. Neither the Doñana Scientists have been listened to, nor the College of Veterinarians, which is also against this. It is scary to think what they are going to decide when they have not listened,” explains the expert.
“All species that are protected in Spain, or in some agreement with Spain that is protected, it will not be possible to have it. For example, among the parrots, only the peach-faced lovebird, the nymph and the parakeet will be allowed. A black market will proliferate And there are going to be people who are going to benefit from it. The animal welfare law is a disaster”, Antonio Folch makes clear.