11 April 2007
In March 2007, the European Commission filed an infraction procedure against Spain for not complying with the requirements of the European Zoos Directive.
Spain has two months to respond to the legal challenge and provide detail as to how the Spanish Government will ensure that all zoos in the country will meet the standards by a deadline that expires in just two and a half years. If they fail to respond, Spain will face further legal proceedings.
This news has been welcomed by the Born Free Foundation and fellow members of InfoZoos.org and, as investigations into Spain’s zoos continue, our efforts are more important than ever. We shall be providing further evidence to the Spanish Government and the European Commission as to whether Spanish regional governments are now taking this issue more seriously.
More on this issue, and the video “The Health of Spanish Zoos”: http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/zoocheck/
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