A proposal to end the “slaughter” of animals at Portuguese municipal kennels is “only 8,000 signatures away” from being discussed in Parliament.
Launched by animal rights party PAN in March, the proposal has already received over 27,000 signatures but needs 35,000 to make it to Parliament.
Spokesperson for PAN Francisco Guerreiro told the Resident that the party has been receiving “hundreds of signatures every day, some even from abroad”.
“Today we are expecting to receive hundreds more from Macau, France and Brussels,” he added.
PAN hopes to collect all signatures by next week so that the matter can be discussed in Parliament “as soon as possible”.
In general terms, the proposal aims to “prohibit the indiscriminate slaughter of animals by local councils, implement a policy to control the stray animal population and establish additional conditions for the breeding and sale of pet animals”.
Because PAN still has no MP in Parliament, its bid has to be presented in the form of a citizens’ proposal (Iniciativa Legislativa de Cidadãos, or ILC).
It cannot be signed online, but there are hundreds of places where people can sign up
For more information on how you can help, visit www.fimdoscanisdeabate.com
By MICHAEL BRUXO [email protected]
Photo: A campaign poster by the PAN calling for an end to the slaughtering of animals at municipal kennels