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Action Guide for the Well-being of Equids in Cultural and Traditional Festivals

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Action Guide for the Well-being of Equids in Cultural and Traditional Festivals

The Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda of Catalonia, with the advice of Joseph Subirana and the collaboration of the Catalan Federation of the Three Tombs, and the animal rights organization FAIRY and the Association of Equine Veterinarians of Catalonia (AVEEC) have prepared the Action Guide for the proper functioning of Three Tombs and others concentrations of similar nature with equids in the region.

The document includes detail the actions that must be carried out and be guaranteed in this type of events for all agents involved with the aim that these concentrations take place with the best organization and, especially, guaranteeing the animal welfare of all participating animals.

During the presentation of the Guide, the general director of Agriculture and Livestock, Elisenda Guillaumes has stated that this is an “innovative” document that has been worked on for quite some time, with the advice of the equine welfare expert Joseph Subirana, who has carried out a great deal of research and interviews with all interested parties, to draft this guide.

“The Guide was born with the aim of being able ensure the well-being of equines and thus ensure that these cultural and traditional events, while respecting animals, are not lost over time, but rather They are adapting to the new times from respect and commitment, always prioritizing the well-being of the participating animals,” added the general director of Agriculture and Livestock of the Department.

The Guide contemplates a detailed description of the recommended actions and requirements during the preparation and celebration to guarantee the smooth development of the event. In this sense, the general director of Environmental Policies and Natural Environment, Marc Vilahur has also argued that “we are moving towards a model that ensures the durability of traditional festivals accompanying all the agents involved so that together we all adapt to the needs of animal welfare of our society who go through respect and care for their physical and emotional well-being.”

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Although the guide that It is voluntary establishes that there must be a responsible veterinarian who will be in charge of coordinating the rest of the veterinarians, who, at a minimum, must have one veterinarian for every 50 horses as well as a person in charge of the equids, also optionally the organization of the Tres Tombs You can hire equine behavior experts.

“The presentation and development of this guide only reinforces the path we began in June 2018, with the entry into force of our Animal Welfare Regulations. We will continue working so that our festival is a great festivity of popular culture in our parades in which the muleteers have the duty to preserve and transmit our cultural heritage to future generations,” concluded the president of the Tres Tombs Federation. of Catalonia, Andreu Bernadas.

Els Tres Tombs is an event that It is celebrated in approximately a hundred towns in Catalonia in the surroundings of the date of Sant Antoni Abad, patron saint of animals. In Catalonia, furthermore, this festival, which dates back to Roman times and has pagan origins, is accompanied by different recreational-festive events where the equine also has an important presence, such as parades, major festivals, etc. The Tres Tombs are regulated in Decree 83/2012, of July 17, on the regulation of competitions and other concentrations of live animals in Catalonia.


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