SPA educates police and elected officials on animal welfare

“The beaten dogs, the abandoned cats, the grieving horses…

, the city police in Montpellier. A void the city has decided to fill by calling the “investigative” center of the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA). [des races au gabarit ­particulier, à l’instar des pitbulls] Then, the proposal to raise awareness, for six hours, was followed by municipal police officers from Montpellier, along with colleagues from Strasbourg, as well as several members of the national police based in Montpellier, and elected officials from several cities (Grenoble, Lyon, Bordeaux, Dijon, Douai, Chambéry, among others), from April 27 to 29. Until then, “we just have knowledge of classified dogs

and dogs bite,” Méghane explained

City police from Montpellier.

Nearly 200 crimes

However, today the sensitivity to living things is greater, and the 30 November 2021 law on animal protection has increased the capacity of police to act, in a time when the animal trade Illegals are so lucrative and sanctioned that they are at the forefront of international trade. In this context, “city police officers are also sentinels to these and many others: they have an important role to play”, emphasizes Christelle Sollier, head of the “control” department. investigation” of the SPA, which includes an anti-trafficking unit and a dedicated abuse zone. The awareness, she said, tells officers that there are “196 counts of animal cruelty”.

It is still necessary to characterize them, in relation to the five basic needs, which range from food to a healthy and protected environment, through freedom from fear and pain, as well as certificates. Mandatory identification of the animal and its owner, statement. of a farm and compliance with its rules, etc.

Fixed fines

Once a declaration has been made, in some cases a fixed fine, several tens or hundreds of euros, can be imposed on the violator. For the most serious offenses, the municipal policeman can make a report which he submits to the national police. “If the prosecution allows the animals to be recovered, they can be handed over to an animal welfare association,” she said.

As planned, this first free awareness action will be held from this month in other cities (Lyon, Nice and Metz). Initial training for national police officers and peacekeepers has also recently included this module. The material provided in this context is accessible on the gendarmerie e-training platform.

Anonymity has been requested.

Contact : Christelle Sollier, head of SPA’s “investigations”, [email protected]

“There are plans to set up a referral network so they can help each other”

Eddine Ariztegui,

Deputy Mayor of Montpellier (3,700 agents, 290,100 inhabitants), animal rights delegate “The goal is to make city police officers aware of interventions in animal abuse situations. They learn the regulations in this area, but also to determine the characteristics of different cases, distinguish the privileges of each case: the city or national police, or the directorate of the security department citizen. The instructors, who work in the SPA’s anti-trafficking unit, work with the head of the SPA’s “investigative” division, which is based in Paris. This makes it possible to provide legal data and illustrate with specific cases. Elected officials from several cities, representing animal welfare, also come to receive training, as these questions are answered. There are plans to establish a key police network so they can help each other in complex cases by relying on the SPA’s “investigative” pole and distributing materials used for training, including even for cities without city police. »

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