Animal rights increase

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Animal rights increase

AN ACTOR has been honoured for his commitment to animal rights.

Dani Rovira was made honorary president of the Law and Animal Welfare area of the Malaga Bar Association.  He spoke about his “joy” at being offered the position following his “dedication to ensuring the rights of animals.”

The event at which he was inaugurated was also attended by Francisco Javier Lara, Dean of the association, Inmaculada Atencia, vice-dean, and the president of the department, Rosario Monter.

Rovira added it was important to educate people to treat animals better, as well as modifying and toughening laws.  He took to Instagram to say, “we continue, little by little, reaching goals for ‘the voiceless’,” adding it will be “a pleasure to work side by side” with the association, ”because we are all inhabitants of the same planet.”

Earlier this month a senior lawyer slammed a woman convicted of animal cruelty.

Fernando German Benitez, the Delegate for the Environment in the Malaga Prosecutor’s Office, has described to one publication the impact of working on the case of Carmen Marin, the former president of Parque Animal in Torremolinos.

The lawyer explained, “there are cases that particularly haunt you, and this is one of them not only because of the harshness of the images and testimonies, but because it is unimaginable that there are people who have that degree of dehumanisation. It is almost incredible that someone who promotes themselves publicly as a benefactor of animals has complete contempt for animal suffering and for purely economic reasons cruelly killed hundreds of animals.”

The news comes after Ms Marin asked for her prison sentence to be suspended due to psychiatric problems.

A judge will now decide whether Ms Marin’s claims of depression, anxiety and health problems are enough to see her avoid jail after she was sentenced to almost four years for animal cruelty and fraud.

Ms Marin had been given five days to voluntarily present herself to prison, however her lawyers have now presented evidence of their client’s psychological issues, as well as her fibromyalgia, cataract and neurological disorder.  Although they recognise none of these “represent an imminent risk to life.” Ms Marin’s defence instead claims her issues are “incompatible with prison life.”

Parque Animal was run from 1998 to 2010 by the accused, until she was convicted after Guardia Civil officers found the bodies of dozens of animals in rubbish bins and freezers.

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