Portugal Considers Constitutionality of Pet Protection Laws

Portugal’s public prosecutors have asked the country’s constitutional court to declare a law that criminalises the abuse and abandonment of pets unconstitutional. The public prosecutors argue that the law does not threaten any of the values protected by the country’s constitution, such as the right to life, personal integrity, freedom, security, private property and freedom of expression. On January 21st, thousands of protestors took to the streets of Lisbon to show their support for the legislation.