|Dog abandoned in Jimena|
STILL THERE ON 25.01.2012
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undesired pregnancies (14%), changed of house to smaller premises or moving to accomodation where animals are not allowed (13.7%) and loss of interest in the animal (11.2%). Financial factors, however, have grown exponentially, 8.7% in 2009 to13.2% in 2010.
Many campaigners or animal protection societies -distributed throughout the country without an effective umbrella organization such the UK's RSPCA, and weak as a result- agree that awareness and sensibilisation must be increased considerably. This, they say, should go together with much tougher laws and sanctions, which in turn means increased commitment from national, regional and local authorities. In the survey carried out in 2010, 54% of respondents did not know that they were fully responsible for any damage caused by their pets, for instance.
The law exists: your pets, dogs, cats and any other domestic animals, must be microchipped. But do the authorities apply it?
* We referred above to an organization called Coordinadora Estatal de Protección Animal. A Google search revealed that it does not even have a website. However, the search engine has over 55,000 results using those words, many of them quoting the statistics we do above, and a lot of them that have nothing whatever to do with it all. Nevertheless, there is something called Coordinadora Española de Protección Animal, using the acronym CEPA (but the web address, as you will see if you click on the link, is only 'www.proteccionanimal.org' - a crass mistake that makes it difficult for anyone to find it). It is a simple site that merely links animal protection entities and pats itself on the back for a number of 'campaigns' that hardly anyone has heard about.
Alas, this is typical of such semi-governmental organizations (and there's no evidence that this is so). We can only hope that it does not emerge that it has received uncountable thousands in state aid...
Curiously, not a single mentions is made in the study we refer to about the animals the 'coordinator' is supposed to be protecting, except, of course, as it impinges inconveniently on us humans: traffic accidents, mainly.
(WE AT CAMPOPULSE AND JIMENAPULSE HAVE RECEIVED INFORMATION AND PHOTOS OF 13 ABANDONED PUPPIES OF VARIOUS AGES IN A SINGLE WEEK. PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR PHOTOS AND CONTACT NUMBERS - WE WILL BE ASKING YOU TO CONSIDER TAKING AN ABANDONED DOG IN SO THAT IT CAN HAVE A GOOD HOME.)