Pro bono Legal Services & Animal Law
Animal Law refers to all the laws and statutes that regulate the relationship between human beings and other animals, in particular, those which limit the use, exploitation and ownership of these sentient beings, in order to guarantee the welfare of each individual animal and/or protect their life and physical integrity.
We in Murlà & Contreras Advocats S.L.P. are conscientious of the need for the welfare and protection that animals require in any field. As such we offer our services to individuals, animal protection associations and NGOs, veterinarians, livestock farmers, professional associations, public administrations and any individuals who, for one reason or another, deal with animals or seek to guarantee them a level of well-being and protection in accordance with the currently valid laws.
We here in Murlà & Contreras Advocats, S.L.P. are pioneers in the study and application of Animal Law: Carlos Contreras, our founding partner, holds the first Doctorate cum laude in Animal Law in Spain. Dr. Contreras has extensive experience in the study of Animal Law, with several publications to his name, including:
- CONTRERAS, C., Régimen jurídico de los animales en Chile, Colombia y Argentina. Ed. Tirant Lo Blanch (València 2016) ISBN: 978-84-9086-437-1 (Llibre)
- CONTRERAS, C., Panorama del Derecho Animal en Latinoamérica, en, Biblioteca de Gobernanza y Derecho Animal. P. 185-242. Editorial Marcial Pons (Madrid 2015) ISBN:9788416402212 (Capítol de llibre)
- CONTRERAS C., Los animales de compañía en el sistema integrado de transporte público colectivo de Barcelona, en, Animales y Derecho. P. 138-146 Ed. Tirant Lo Blanch (València 2015) ISBN13:9788490538579 (Capítulo de Libro)
For her part, our partner, Nuria Murlà founded Galgos 112, in 2008, one of the leading associations to protect greyhounds and hunting dogs in Europe.
This association has rescued more than 5,000 dogs subject to mistreatment, exploitation and abandonment, placing them in families around the world as companion animals. Her experience in managing this type of association and her excellent academic training endow her with a very significant advantage over other professionals in the field of Animal Law. Since our office was founded, we have served as the legal team collaborating with Galgos 112, providing pro bono legal services. We are proud to contribute altruistically with our expertise to a cause as noble as the protection of animals.
The experience and know-how of our office in this matter is reflected not only in the favorable results for our clients in the courts, but also in the publications of our partners, both as individuals as well as in joint publication, in national and international journals and other media.
We here in Murlà & Contreras Advocats, S.L.P. have a global vision of Animal Law. We are knowledgeable of the legislation applicable to animals at the local, autonomous community, state, European and international level and we continue training every day to maintain our advantageous position in the legal defense of animals and those who care for them.
We here in Murlà & Contreras Advocats, S.L.P. take on any case or controversy of a private or public nature, in which any of the following are involved:
More than half of the residents in Barcelona live together with companion animals. Currently, there is no law office which is dedicated exclusively to Animal Law matters. Consequently, Murlà & Contreras Advocats S.L.P., offers a much needed service.
Farm or production animals
There is an extensive amount of regulation approved by the European Union that affects farm animals. In particular, the European Union has established minimum principles and standards with regards to production animals concerning breeding, transport and slaughter. However this regulation is not applied or implemented as it should be.
Wild animals are connected with human beings in different ways. For example, they are connected through the trade of exotic species, zoo centers, sanctuaries and exhibits, shows with wild animals, hunting and managing invasive species. Therefore there is a great deal of legislation which must be applied and respected.