challenging the iceberg

PAES Conference 2017 – Challenging the Iceberg


Challenging the Iceberg

The task facing Rescue and Animal Welfare Organisations in Spain is huge and relentless.

The constant flow of Animals needing rescue, care and re-homing is similar to seeing the tip of an Iceberg. As with an Iceberg we are seeing the impact of only a small proportion of the problem, the vast majority lies below the surface.

The unseen mass, is a compound failure of a clear understanding of the Law affecting Animal Welfare.

What are the responsibilities and accountabilities of the various agencies, Municipal, Law Enforcement,Veterinary and Legal in applying and reinforcing the Law?

This Seminar is aimed at providing that clear understanding of the current Law and in doing so enable the development of a list of priorities which will result in a clear action plan to support Animal Protection and Welfare.

Join us on the 25th and 26th of February 2017 to start this work.

The program for the two days is now available here ->


This conference will concentrate on the Law, the legal side of animal welfare. What is the law with regards to specific situations? Who is responsible for upholding the law? How can we help and work together to make sure everyone, whether they are in authority, or individuals, understands the law and the consequences of mistreating animals?

The conference will be opened by the Mayor of El Verger, and attended by the Chief of Police for the local area.

Law is the foundation of Society. It protects, ensures and preserves the Rights and the lives of the individual, this applies equally to Animals. This seminar will establish an approach to ensuring that the Law helps rather than hinders the actions necessary to protect our Animals.


The Conference will be in two parts. The first part will be the conference with our speakers. The second part will be a seminar where two nominated representatives from the organisations attending will be able to ask questions and discuss appropriate actions of how to move forward. Appropriate breaks will be taken where the representatives can meet with the other members of their organisations to discuss any questions they would like to put forward to the experts.

Please note that the conference will be in Spanish and English languages only.


Our speakers are experts in their area of Animals Welfare:

Raquel López Teruel is a Lawyer specialising and working solely in animal law (animal rights and welfare).

Raquel’s law firm, DEANIMALS (DEFENCE OF ANIMALS) is based in Murcia, but she handles cases in various cities around Spain.

Raquel’s role involves liaison with the police, welfare associations and animal professionals in general, and she has undergone considerable specialist training for this role, which encompasses all types of legal situations, including:

  • Denuncias against pet owners
  • Defence of animal welfare associations
  • Legal advisor on animal law to owners, animal welfare associations, police, administration, etc.
  • Specialist in Denuncias in respect of abused animals

Raquel has been instrumental in closing down a building and rescuing 21 maltreated horses in Callosa, closure of 4 buildings in Bullas and rescuing 100 abused animals, as well as rescuing 38 maltreated horses in Mula, through her cases she rescued 500 animals. These are just a few examples of the work that she does and she currently has open cases in Toledo, Alicante, Sevilla, Valencia and Murcia which denounce animal abuse.

Raquel has recently won an entrepreneur award for her DeAnimals online courses, you can read about it here.

Pedro José Moratalla Moratalla has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering. He is involved in environmental and animal welfare issues, issues on which he has received training over time and has continually joined different national and international volunteering programmes. Pedro joined the Local Police of Castellón de la Plana in September 1997 and since then he has developed different positions at the Police Units of Traffic, Public Safety and Emergency Service. In 2012 he presented a draft project proposal to set up a specialised unit on environmental and animal welfare issues which was approved. The new unit, initially called Blue Patrol (now UPROMA – Environmental & Animal Welfare Protection Unit), under Pedro’s management, started working at the very beginning of January 2013 and he remains at its head today.

Pedro has recently collected an award from the Observatory of Animal Violence in recognition of the "effort and quality of work" that UPROMA does for animal welfare and citizen protection. Find out more here.

Juan Antonio Ferrer

Juan is married with two children
Policia Local since 2005
(in Alcantarilla, Murcia from 2008 until now)
Studied at the International University of Rioja

Juan’s presentation will focus on the responsibility of the Policia Local in the protection and ownership of pets.
The development of public safety policies to implement these skills.
And he will discuss some of the cases of animal abuse and neglect that he has dealt with whilst with the Policia Local in Alcantarilla, Murcia.


The conference is open to everyone involved in Animal Welfare and Rescue. Specifically those who have seen first hand the problems, would like to do something about them, but don't know how to do it.

We invite as many people to attend as possible, but we have limited places for speakers at the seminar so we request that two people are chosen per organisation as representatives to put forward their organisation's questions and opinions.

When registering for the event you will need to indicate on the form whether you are a representative for your organisation or just an attendee. Only a maximum of two people from each organisation will be allowed as speakers, on a first come first served basis, so you need to decide within your organisation who you would like to be your representatives before registering.

Conference Registration Details

Advanced registration can be made online. We advise that you register in advance as there may be limited places available on the day. Speaking representatives must be registered in advance in order to have badges and places reserved for them at the seminar.

Registration 10€ per person (including lunch buffet and coffee) to help us cover the costs of the conference.

The conference registration table will open from 9am - 10am on Saturday 25th February where you can confirm your attendance, collect conference material and your badge. The conference will start promptly at 10am. Late arrivals will only be allowed entry at breaks in the proceedings.


The conference is being held at the Casa de Cultura, El Verger, a small town between Ondara and Denia in the Alicante region.

The address and directions are on the map below, click the 'view larger map' link on the map to open it in a new window.


For those who wish stay overnight there are hotels nearby offering rooms at good prices, there are also hotels further afield for those who don't mind a short drive.

We can recommend the following to Pensions (small hotels), they have clean, tidy, good rooms at sensible prices. Prices are exclusive of breakfast:

Pensión Restaurant El Corinto
Location: Avda de Valencia 54, El Verger 03770
Telephone: 95 575 50909
Prices: Double room 35 € per night,  Single room 25 €

L' Alcoiá Pensió-Restaurant
Location: Avd Alacant 1, El Verger 03770
Telephone: 96 643 9850
Prices: Double 40 € per night, reserve two nights for 20€ per night. Single 20 € per night, reserve two nights for 15 € per night.

Registration is now closed.

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