The Madeiran Parliament has recommended the creation of an Animal Ombudsman by the Association of Autonomous Region Municipalities (AMRAM), to highlight the importance of “safeguarding the rights” of animals.
Already Madeira is pioneering the way in Portugal with its non-destruction policy (no-kill centres) of pets and stray animals. The regional parliament considers that society today is “more alert to the defense of the animal causes and that it recommends that the Association of Madeira Municipalities proceed with the creation of a central Animal Ombudsman, who will oversee all the islands municipalities. As such, it urges the islands parishes to exercise their powers in the area of animal protection and health as well as the humane detention and control of pet populations, without prejudicing the National Veterinary Authority.’
With eleven districts in total to cover, the Animal Ombudsman mission will include the defence, welfare and protection of animals as well as promote, monitor and intervene where necessary to ensure that Madeira’s pet population is adequately protected from abuse and abandonment.
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