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  • Revista de Imprensa05-11-2014

    1. (PT) - Portugal News Online, 29/08/2014, Abandoned animals double as associat ions show littleconfidence in new protection law


    2. (PT) - Pblico - Pblico Porto, 25/08/2014, Trinta mil animais abandonados em 2013 e nmero duplicoudesde 2008


    3. (PT) - Jornal de Notcias, 21/08/2014, PAN e Livre concertam posies 5

    4. (PT) - Dirio de Notcias, 21/08/2014, Livre e PAN juntam propostas 6

    5. (PT) - i Online, 20/08/2014, PAN reuniu-se com Livre e levar propostas do partido Comisso Nacional 7

    6. (PT) - Dirio de Notcias, 19/08/2014, Direo do livre rene com o PAN 8

    7. (PT) - Portugal News Online, 08/08/2014, Animal and Nature party welcomes "historic" law change buturges country to stop seeing animals as "things"


    8. (PT) - DiriOnline Algarve Online, 05/08/2014, Paulo Borges apresenta livro Quem o meu prximo?em Faro


    9. (PT) - TVI 24 - Dirio da Manh, 04/08/2014, Manifestao anti-tourada na praia de Mira 11

    10. (PT) - Dirio de Coimbra, 02/08/2014, Manifestao contra tourada na Praia de Mira 12

    11. (PT) - Dirio de Notcias da Madeira, 31/07/2014, Ratazanas tomaram conta da casa de gatos construdapelo PAN


    12. (PT) - Setubalense, 25/07/2014, PAN manifesta-se contra corridas de toiros em Setbal 15

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    Abandoned animals double as associat ions show little confidence in new protectionlaw

    Tipo Meio: Internet Data Publicao: 29/08/2014

    Meio: Portugal News Online



    Last year the number of abandoned animals being cared for in kennels throughout Portugal reachedclose to the 30,000 mark, more than double the numbers from six years earlier. Just last month a"historic" new animal protection bill was passed making the neglect or abandonment of pets a criminaloffence punishable with jail time, but associations are showing little faith that it will make anydifference at all. In 2008, according to figures published in newspaper Pblico's lead story on Monday,official kennels and catteries throughout the country housed 13,399 unwanted animals. Six yearslater, in 2013 that number had more than doubled to 29,645 homeless dogs and cats, an increasingnumber of them dumped at the kennels by families who could no longer afford to keep them as aresult of the crippling crisis. Municipal vets, Pblico wrote, testified that the ongoing crisis hascontributed to the rise in discarded animals, but said it is also becoming an "easy excuse" for peoplelooking to get rid of their pets. Alexandra Pereira, municipal vet for Sintra, told the newspaper thatafter being given up by their owners and locked away in the kennels' small cells "many of theseanimals give up on living; they self-harm, fight among themselves, stop eating and get sick. And likethat, no one wants to adopt them. It's a snowball. They don't come in sick but they end up that way."Another major problem currently being faced is that many kennels are overcrowded and cannotguarantee a desirable quality of life for the animals. While the number of dogs and cats being taken inhas soared in recent times, staff and other resources, such as medication and financing, have stayedthe same. At the end of last month a new bill proposing changes to the existing penal code waspassed in parliament, harshening punishment for pet owners who neglect or abandon their animals toinclude prison sentences. That document has now been promulgated by the President of thePortuguese Republic, Cavaco Silva, and will come into effect either on 1 October or 1 November2014,depending on when it is published in the Government Gazette. The bill foresees six months in prisonor a 60-day fine equivalent for anyone who abandons an animal; up to a year in jail or a 120-day fineequivalent for anyone found mistreating an animal, or up to two years in prison or a 240-day fine inthe event the harm results in the animal's death. In a statement sent to The Portugal News last weekPAN - the Party for Animals and Nature - said it welcomed the "historic step in the country's protectionof animals" but added "there is still a lot of work to be done" in terms of animal rights in Portugal.Speaking to Pblico this week Paulo Borges, the president of PAN, said animal abandonment habitsthat exist in Portugal "urgently need tackling." While the new law is a step forward, he acknowledged,there is still a need to "prevent, make aware, and actually punish" as the fines currently in place arenot applied and there is little enforcement of the law. This is a view shared by a number of privateassociations throughout Portugal, who have also seen a rise in the number of animals they have takenin, in recent times. Ana Duarte, president of the Sesimbra-based Bianca animal shelter which currentlyhas around 300 dogs and cats waiting to be re-homed, told The Portugal News that over the last threeyears the number of unwanted animals taken in by the association has "increased significantly." "In2009 Bianca Charity had 150 animals; today we have more than 300. Every month we receivebetween 40 and 50 new animals. It is not a surprise for me. People continue to acquire irresponsiblyand unconsciously new animals, and after a couple of months put them outside the home or give themto charities because they cannot deal with the situation." "Unfortunately", she adds, "people don'tthink of animals as having needs, and when they realise they need food, medical care, etc, they givethem away." She believes school programs should include animal welfare, "to educate children to beresponsible citizens as they learn to read and write." Bianca conducts its own awareness-raisingprogrammes and visits a number of schools every year, "but this is not enough and must be done on anational level." Ms Duarte believes the new law "will bring positive results in the medium term" but notimmediately. Agreeing with the views of the PAN President that more must be done to enforce the law,

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  • she stresses: "It is not enough that citizens are vigilant and denounce the relentless evil inflicted onthe animals, it is crucial that authorities also "believe" in this law. "The thousands of complaints aboutmistreatment of animals, which come annually to the authorities, must have finally a development.But it is up to the animal-lovers, to ensure this, and not wait, because this process that has nowbegun, will take time and we have to remind the police, judges and others authorities responsible forlaw enforcement, that the law exists." Chris Cottis, spokesperson for the Donkey Sanctuary animalrefuge in Lagoa (Algarve), one of southern Portugal's longest-standing animal rescue and re-homingcharities, reflects these thoughts, challenging: "How the heck do we get anyone to do anything? Thepolice just shrug their shoulders. I think the government should lay down guidelines for people to acton." Gosia Nesterowicz, of the re-homing association Dogs of Portugal, which works with sheltersacross the country to find new homes for unwanted animals, has also noticed more pets needing newhomes: "People tell me that they see fewer animals on the streets but this does not mean that thereare fewer being abandoned. Simply there are more shelters. But those shelters, many of them, hardlyhave any conditions. The dogs are on chains and they have no veterinary attention, so basically theproblem is less visible but it still exists." Gosia is also involved in the running of the Cantinho da Milushelter in Setbal, which currently houses over 500 dogs. "In our shelter every week we have peoplebringing their animals with the same excuse: divorce, moving from a house to an apartment, movingabroad. And this is just half, the other half is found on the street. Cantinho da Milu now has over 550dogs and it is very difficult to say no to new dogs but we try to although it is heart breaking to knowhow many go without help." And, she says, another phenomenon is emerging - the hoarders: "Peoplethat feel sorry for abandoned dogs, usually old single women that bring them to the house, more andmore and more and they end up in a catastrophic situation. And they don't sterilize them either. Wehave been involved in rescuing animals from three hoarders recently, each of them managed to havemore than 80 animals at home", she explains. The new law, Gosia believes, "will not make anydifference. First, because of the mentality. People find it normal to have dogs on balconies in the sun,on a chain, bitten and starved. Neighbours support neighbours. People will not be making complaints.But even if they do... where will those dogs go? To municipal kennels with zero conditions? And even ifthe law exists, it will lack executory legislation to actually enforce it. And this will take another fewyears. So I am no optimist."

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    Pblico Porto Tiragem: 35060 Pas: Portugal

    Period.: Diria

    mbito: Informao Geral

    Pg: 12

    Cores: Cor

    rea: 27,41 x 30,75 cm

    Corte: 1 de 2ID: 55413214 25-08-2014



    Trinta mil animais abandonados em 2013 e nmero duplicou desde 2008

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    O Parque dos Bichos, o Centro de Recolha O cial de Odivelas, est so-brelotado como a grande maioria dos estabelecimentos congneres, de norte a sul do pas. Contactada pelo PBLICO, a Direco-Geral de Alimentao e Veterinria (DGAV) con rma que as taxas de abandono cresceram desde 2008. Nesse ano, tinham sido recolhidos pela totali-dade dos canis/gatis do pas 13.399 animais. Em 2013, foi mais do dobro: 29.645 ces e gatos.

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