The Tenerife Cabildo has approved a proposal submitted by the political party Podemos to create a Tenerife Animal Protection and Welfare Board. The approved proposal includes detailed protocols for action, and wide-ranging participation, and above all the means to standardise animal regulations across Ayuntamientos and Cabildo, and on up to the regional Government. The new board will encompass animals of all sorts and their usage – pets, hunting dogs, potentially dangerous animals, exotic and even invasive species, and include their use in fiestas, sports and public events, as well as mechanisms for dealing with feral groups such as are found in Los Cristianos, and in Las Cañadas del Teide.
Podemos councillor Mila Hormiga explained that the approved proposal was supported by all political groups and a wide range of animal refuges and protection societies, and that it represented an historic step for animal protection in Tenerife, giving all sides interested in the protection and defence of animals a real voice, which would thereby minimise cases of abuse and abandonment, as well as reducing the accumulation of animals in refuges, and their euthanasia. The Board will also work towards raising awareness not just among the public but also the administrative authorities of the importance of issues like sterilization, not abandoning animals, and of the imperative need to find an alternative to uncontrolled poisoning as the go-to solution for dealing with pests.
I wish them all the luck in the world – to some extent they’re going to need it – but thanks to Podemos, a real step has been taken for the benefit of Tenerife’s animal population.