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Fur better or worse: Spaniards can divorce each other, but not their pets

Spanish judges must now weigh pets’ welfare in custody battles

Thomas Gualtieri

In Spain, judges have one more thing to weigh in custody battles — animals’ feelings. 

Under a new law identifying animals as sentient, judges must consider their welfare when deciding who gets to keep pets after a couple breaks up. They will also decide how to split the costs of care between warring former partners.  

The new rules reflects “not only the animals’ true nature, but also the nature of relationships that are set between them and human beings”, according to an explanation of the law in the official gazette. ..

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