Spain’s new draft law for the Protection and Welfare of Animal Rights

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, December, 9. 2021

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Abogado - Lawyer
11th of December 2021

Animal rights, always a pet article of mine.

Spain’s social-communist government is in the last legislative stages of approving a new legal framework for the protection and rights of animals. I can only show my personal appreciation and gratitude for at (long) last having such a law enacted and enforced throughout Spain.

The new draft law can be browsed here.

Spain’s historical disposition towards animal’s rights has been somewhat hazy at best; to put it mildly and avoid ruffling feathers. This situation has changed dramatically post-Constitution as new open-minded generations, imbued by democratic ideals, seize power to shape laws in line with the core values that behove a modern society.

There is still much work to be done to lobby and push hard for an agenda that extends jail terms to those few who would abuse domestic or wild animal life. In any case, to my mind, it is a clear victory that animal’s rights in Spain have (finally) become a tenet of our society which will now be upheld legally.

Kudos to our government for making such a great effort to protect our animals and wildlife.

Credit where credit is due.


The greatness of a nation, and its moral progress, can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Gandhi. AKA Mahatma (‘Great Soul’) Gandhi.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948). From an impoverished and humble social background, he would rise to become the Father of the modern Indian Nation. Trained lawyer, author, journalist, editor, staunch human rights activist and founder of the non-violent movement. He would be wrongfully incarcerated and would suffer unjust persecution throughout most of his adult life. Gandhi's mindset would be for ever changed after reading the book The Kingdom of God is Within You, from the universally acclaimed Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, in which Tolstoy reinterpreted the teachings of our Lord Jesus coalescing his ideas of non-violent resistance. In what can only be described as an extraordinary feat at the time, he single-handedly managed to lead the country to a peaceful independence, on following a nonviolent resistance movement, breaking the heavy chains of oppression from the British Empire; the world’s greatest superpower of the time. He also oversaw the peaceful breakup from the Muslim population, thus avoiding the horrors of a fratricidal civil war, which would go on to form their own country (Pakistan). Through Gandhi's peaceful actions, in both South Africa and India, he would go on to influence civil right movements and freedom activists the world over, including historically relevant figures such as reverend Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, both awarded with the Peace Nobel Prize. In a dark century, full of giants and great historical figures, Gandhi towers above them all, a shining beacon of Humanity. He is arguably the greatest historical figure of the 20th century.

In his spare time, he was a career politician; nobody’s perfect.


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