JUSTICE FOR PINCHO - amend EU animal welfare directive to include domestic pets
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CAMPAIGN FOR MORE RIGOROUS ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS ACROSS THE EU BY AMENDING THE 1998 -COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 98/58/EC TO INCLUDE DOMESTIC PETS
When the horrific story by Yvonne West about Pincho, her sexually abused Spanish rescue dog, broke on Facebook (May 2018) animal lovers worldwide sprang into action. Now safe with Yvonne in Suffolk, UK, after a very difficult rescue highlighted by the Rescue Group for Spanish Animals, Pincho is now receiving worldclass veterinery care funded by public donations through paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org and https://uk.gofundme.com/pincho-the-abused-dog
Pincho also has his own group page where those who care follow his long road to recovery https://www.facebook.com/groups/171005326906919/?ref=bookmarks
The rescue group who undoubtedly saved this dog life and many more like him are found here https://www.facebook.com/groups/Rescuespanishanimals/?__nodl
PINCHO'S STORY MUST NOT END HERE!
Through him, and the Spanish rescue group (funded only by donations) trying desperately to secure the release of other dogs at the property whilst saving as many horrifically abused animals as they can, the true story of a government that fails to legislate against this abuse has emerged. A campaign is in place to help them get their laws changed
Sadly, this kind of abuse is not limited to Spain. Cultural and legislative differences across the EU allow the barbaric treatment of the very animals we choose to have as our companions without consequence. Strays are rounded up, caged in unsanitary conditions in pounds prior to being inhumanely destroyed, often without anaesthesia or even a vet. Dogs are thrown out of homes no longer able to afford to care for them and they are left roaming the streets, interbreeding and riddled with diseases. Unspayed bitches produce litter after litter, their puppies standing no chance of medical care, and often, the minimum chance of survival.
As their self appointed guardians we have a duty of care to protect them and to ensure they are afforded their basic rights to food, water, shelter, companionship, exercise and a life free from willful or neglectful abuse. Domestic pets are not vermin to be extinguished as mere pests. They bring about companionship for the lonely, they work for us on our wool farms, they provide stability and purpose to those suffering mental health issues, they protect our properties from intruders, they are our friends.
Justice for Pincho must come in the form of pets being afforded the same protection as farmed animals. Namely :-
1. Freedom from hunger or thirst
2. Freedom from discomfort or harm
3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease
4. Freedom to express normal behaviour
5. Freedom from harm or distress
Karmenu Vella, we appeal to you to initiate a debate amongst member states of the EU and to bring about an amendment to the 1998 Animal welfare directive, namely Council Directive 98/58/EC , to include all domestic pets which in turn would compel all member states to legislate to protect them all.
Beatriz Collantes - Campaign co-ordinator
Corina Maas - Campaign co-ordinator
Gloria Winfield - Campaign co-ordinator
Gilly Smith - Campaign Marketting manager
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