Spain’s Animalista Party (PACMA) has made history by receiving more votes in the Western European country’s recent national elections than any animal-rights group ever. With a platform focused on protecting animals, preserving the environment, and advancing social justice, PACMA earned more than 285,000 votes, which is double its 102,000 total from five years ago. While the party’s rapid growth represents an electoral victory for animals, PACMA’s ballot total accounts for only 1.2 percent of all votes cast, which falls short of the three percent needed to earn a seat in parliament.
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