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The Spanish government has approved a new bill to make bestiality punishable by up to 1 year in prison.

The new law makes it illegal to “unreasonably mistreat any animal that does not live in the wild, causing injuries that severely damage its health or subjecting it to sexual exploitation.”

Unauthorized shows such as cockfighting or dogfighting will also be illegal with up to 2 years in prison and organizers will be banned from owning animals for 10 to 20 years.

Other animal abusers will now be banned from owning animals from 1 to 3 years.

Sentences may increase if the person used weapons, dangerous objects to the animal’s life, used cruelty or if the incident occurred in the presence of a minor. In the case of causing death to the animal, the sentence may increase to 18 months in prison.

“The Government has taken a step forward in animal protection, but many more steps are necessary for Spaniards to be proud of how we treat animals here,” said director of AnimaNaturalis Spain Aïda Gascón.

“It is unacceptable that the extreme case of animal abuse that occurs every September in Tordesillas with Toro de la Vega was not included in the Penal Code. There are enough studies linking violence towards animals as a precedent to violence, murder and rape of people. What kind of society are we promoting by protecting bullfighting?”

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  • rosemarieraill

    People who have sex with animals should be put in a mental institution , they are sick in the head and the government that allow it is no better, even 13 States in America allow it, what the hell is wrong with Obama, (the Anti Christ himself) In Canada if anyone is cought having sex with an animal the maximum sentence is 10 years, This is where incurable diseases are coming from, ANIMALS

  • Ingrid Van Rompaey

    Put this people in prison for the rest of their misserble live!

  • MellowCat

    Until Spain stops setting bulls’ horns on fire while they scream and go mad with pain, then go blind from frying eyes before crowds torment them, then slash them up until dead, then I am not going to be patting them on the back. Will the Galgos still be allowed to be tortured since it, too, is a “tradition?” How about bullfighting? I imagine the laws are written in such a watered down fashion, the abusers will never actually be punished. This is how all these lawmakers operate, in the U.S., too. They just pass a law for P.R. purposes; they rarely have any teeth by design.

  • Effie Brown

    People who sexually abuse animals should have a bullet put in their brain.

  • Deb Strivens

    When is Spain banning Bull Fighting Beyond belief that people enjoy watching
    this cruel display

  • ruth

    The fact that there has to be a law for this gives me little hope.