CARMEN MORATE, the councillor responsible for the protection of animals in Torrevieja, along with two members of the municipality’s local police has taken part in an animal abuse conference. The seminar was organised by the Valencian Public Security and Emergencies Institute (IVASPE) in Villena and was attended by interested parties from across Spain.
There were more than 100 police officers, personnel and council officials that are directly associated with the subject under debate, where the discussion concentrated on how they can cope and deal with the growing number of reports of incidents of animals being abused or abandoned.
Councillor Morate explained that the conference was addressed by experts who set out the present European and Spanish regulations concerned with owning and maltreating of animals. These included the rules on importing animals – especially horses – and the provisional disciplinary measures being discussed to improve their wellbeing.
She also emphasised the importance such conferences and the benefits they bring. “Local police can be trained in these areas, and with this knowledge they can apply the existing laws…but they count for nothing if not applied.”
Finally, the conference announced that the Comunidad Valenciana government is working on a new series of laws to give more powers to the town halls and the local police.