Fines for the illegal sale of animals online

Barcelona City Council is the first in Spain to start proceedings to remove online ads selling animals and which don’t comply with current animal welfare regulations. Websites such as MilAnuncios and Vibbo may face fines of up to 600,000 euros if they fail to comply.

10/05/2019 12:21 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The City Council has instructed the websites MilAnuncios and Vibbo to remove all pet sales ads which don’t comply with the by-law on the protection, ownership and sale of animals. Continued non-compliance of the regulations may lead to fines of up to 600,000 euros for the websites.

Cases have been detected where ads selling animals don’t identify the breeder or establishment as being on the zoological registry. Other ads don’t comply with the regulations on breeding animals in private homes, offer kittens or puppies before they are 8 weeks old or hand over unsterilized animals or animals without a contractual prescription for sterilisation.

Responsible ownership and no abandoned animals

The goal of the prohibition by Barcelonan City Council is to reduce the indiscriminate breeding and abandoning of animals in the city and foster the responsible ownership, respect for rights, decent treatment and welfare of animals. Anyone buying or adopting an animal is obliged to identify it, register it and give it an environment which respects its welfare and to cover all its veterinary needs. Abandoning an animal is prohibited and is considered a serious offence, with fines for owners of up to 20,000 euros.

The Barcelona Pet Refuge Centre (CAACB) website has a section for people to find out about animals currently seeking a home, and encourages responsible adoption. Besides information on the procedure for adoption, the website also offers an appointment service to visit the centre.


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