With this bill, the PAN party wants to establish that "animals cannot be housed on balconies, terraces and similar spaces, without prejudice to their occasional presence in these places for a time not exceeding three hours a day".
The PAN partyalso wants that "no pet may be permanently chained or tethered" and, "in the case the use of chaining proves to be essential for the safety of people, the animal itself or other animals, and there is no alternative, it must always be limited to the shortest period of time possible, without exceeding three hours a day, and always safeguarding the animal's needs for exercise, shelter, food, water, hygiene and leisure".
The party predicts that the violation of this norm "constitutes animal maltreatment, an offense foreseen and punished by the Criminal Code" and proposes that it enter into force within one year after the publication of the law.
The law also establishes that "pets cannot be left alone, without a human or other animal, for more than 12 hours".
This plan "will include the implementation of adequate solutions to their housing conditions, as well as financial support for this purpose in situations of social and economic needs" and also foresees the initiative, pointing out that this support "may be channelled from the budget allocated to municipalities in the field of animal health and protection and the detention and control of the population of pets".
The project also provides that all municipalities must make public annual management reports "with the numbers of unchaining of pets carried out, with an indication of the species of animal, situation in which it was found, adopted solution and respective amount spent" to allow for "a report on the situation at a national level".
The PAN party deputies argue that, "if animals remain chained to a confined area for hours, days, months or even years", animals "may suffer serious emotional and physical damage due to the accumulated effects of isolation, frustration and boredom" and they can also become aggressive, and indicate that permanent chaining is already prohibited in parts of Spain, France, Germany and some US states.