The Barcelona City Council has opened a disciplinary proceedings «For a very serious infraction» to the platforms Thousand Ads and Vibbo, which could be a fine of 150,001 euros, given that these websites maintain « illegal advertisements for the sale of animals » in breach of the regulations.
This was explained in statements to journalists the third deputy mayor of the session, Laia Bonet, who has indicated that these two portals present animal sale ads – in particular of puppies of dogs and cats – that violate Law 34/2002 and a municipal ordinance of 2014 in accordance with Decree 2/2008.
This sanctioning file, the first of its kind that applies throughout the State, arrives after the session required the two platforms on several occasions so that remove the aforementioned ads.
The session recalls that the Law foresees that the fine amounts to up to 600,000 euros, but Bonet has indicated that, « due to legal prudence, » since such a sanction has never been applied to date, the municipal government has opted for 150,001 euros.
Everything started from a complaint filed two years ago by the Foundation for Counseling and Action in Defense of Animals (FAADA).
After studying the complaint, the council has verified that ads present on both websites, owned by the same company, fail to comply various aspects of the regulations.
Ads were from individuals, when expressly prohibited breeding of pets if the activity is not legalized as such; dogs and cats cannot be sold before reaching eight weeks of age; the animals must be delivered with a contractual sterilization prescription; safety, hygiene and comfort conditions must be demonstrated; and the announcements must be recorded in the Registry of Zoological Nuclei.