20 Aug, 2019 @ 18:13
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Crimes of animal abuse up by 400% in the last decade in Spain, new figures show

ANIMAL abuse crimes have shot up 400% in the last decade in Spain, figures from the Guardia Civil’s environmental arm Seprona suggest.

The dramatic rise in environmental crimes in general – of which crimes against animals are a part – has also seen a massive increase since figures began to be recorded in the mid 2000s.

But while the figures are shocking, a leading environmental group has said the increase has much to do with the improved ‘effectiveness’ of Spain’s judicial system.

“The data may be reflecting the specialisation and better training of environmental agents, Seprona and environmental prosecutors, which is allowing police forces to gather greater knowledge of the crimes being committed and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said David de la Bodega, responsible for the SEO / BirdLife Legal Program in Spain.


Since 2008, investigations into animal abuse have increased eight-fold, from just 108 to 914 in 2017.

The number of prison sentences has also increased 14 times in the same period, from just 11 to 163.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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