Target: Barcelona City Council
Goal: Stop the selling of animals on street for good
Despite the Animal Protection Law of Catalonia implemented in 2003, which banned bullfighting, euthanizing of animals at shelters, and the selling of live animals through public exhibition, these laws are not always enforced. Las Ramblas, a major touristic street in the city center, still houses multiple stalls that sell juvenile animals such as chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, iguanas, turtles and fish.
These animals are put into overcrowded cages with several others, which can lead to them becoming sick or injured. The animals are treated like a spectacle, constantly being photographed and bothered by the thousands of tourists that walk the Ramblas every day. They are continuously subject to loud noise and are offered little to no protection from environmental conditions. Many of these animals are bought by tourists on impulse, which often leads to them ending up under the care of someone who doesn’t have the time to take proper care of them, or even worse, abandons them.
Though all sorts of animals are sold on Ramblas, the most famous were the bird markets. In 2010, animal rights advocates in Catalonia had a victory when the bird markets were shut down due to the size of their cages not complying with the animal rights law. The small animals that continue to be sold on Las Ramblas have been forgotten with this victory. It’s time to fully enforce the Animal Protection Law of Catalunya by banning these animal stalls for real.
Dear Barcelona City Council,
I am writing on behalf of the hundreds of animals being sold daily on Las Ramblas who cannot speak for themselves.
These animals are subject to constant noise, no protection from environmental conditions, and the animals that are sold are often impulse buys of tourists who were not intending to purchase an animal, and end up in a home that cannot take care for them, or even abandoned. Please, enforce the law that prohibits live animals from being sold as public exhibition, and protect these juvenile animals from being raised and sold in inhumane settings.
[Your Name Here]
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