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THE RECENT DEVELOPMENT OF PORUGUESE LAW IN THE FIELD OF ANIMAL RIGHTS

FERNANDO ARAÚJO


1 Journal of Animal Law 61 (2005)
Publish Date:
2005
Place of Publication: Michigan State University College of Law
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THE RECENT DEVELOPMENT OF PORUGUESE LAW IN THE FIELD OF ANIMAL RIGHTS

Portugal has had a long and bloody tradition of violence against animals, not the least of which includes Spanish-style bullfighting that has shown itself to be quite resistant to legal, cultural, and social reforms that would respect the right of animals to be free from suffering.  While Portugal’s evolution towards respecting animal rights and welfare has been a slow and painful process, Portugal has nevertheless made some remarkable strides towards eradicating the suffering of animals, most notably with the passage of the Law of 1995.  Portuguese scholars and activists have been instrumental in forcing the Portuguese government and citizenry to come to terms with the inhumane treatment of animals. 

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