- Spain has introduced a new Animal Welfare Law.
- The official title is “Law 7/2023, of March 28, on the protection of the rights and well-being of animals.”
- It was published on Friday, 29th September.
Main Changes and Prohibitions:
Some past habits of pet owners could lead to fines.
One notable change: Owners can no longer leave their dogs tied up outside supermarkets or other establishments while shopping.
As per section d) of Article 27: It’s prohibited to leave pets ‘tied or wandering through public spaces without in-person supervision by the person responsible for their care and behavior.
Breaching this rule, among others in the law, may result in a fine
Article 73 categorises leaving a dog tied up in this manner as a minor infraction.
Warning or a fine between €500 and €10,000.
Serious violations: Fine of €10,001 to €50,000.
Very serious infractions: Fine of €50,001 to €200,000.
The General Directorate of Insurance (DGS) issued guidance on the insurance implications.
Key points from the circular:
- Insurance for dogs isn’t mandatory unless stated by regional or local regulations or specific use-cases involving the dog.
- Existing dogs continue to be covered by home insurance, barring exceptions like dangerous breeds or those needing specific civil liability insurance.
- As an indicative price for civil liability of €300,000:
- The annual premium ranges from €50 to €90, with an excess of €150 to €300.
This law marks a significant change in Spain’s approach to animal welfare, emphasising the well-being and protection of pets.