You may have heard of the division of property or the extradition of children after divorce, but now Spain is considering legalizing the extradition of pets.
According to the foreign news agency ‘Reuters’, the ‘welfare’ of pets is being seriously considered in Spain, under which in case of divorce or separation between the spouses, joint custody can be obtained.
Pet extradition is legal in France and Portugal, where judges are required to treat pets as emotional creatures rather than as property.
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Lola Garcia, a 42-year-old lawyer, said: “Animals are part of the family and when a family decides to separate, the fate of the animal must be controlled with the same importance as the fate of the rest of the family.”
In October, a Madrid judge remanded an unmarried couple in joint dog custody following a court ruling on who the pet should live with after the separation. The dog spends a month with each of them and both are legally responsible.
Animal rights activist Rights and Animals sees this as a major step towards legal change.
The issue of pet ownership is high in Spain, one of the European countries, and the left-wing coalition government intends to enact more legislation for animal rights, including a ban on wild animals in circuses and pets in shops. This includes stopping the sale of.