We are aware that these last few years have not been easy, especially after the global health crisis experienced by COVID-19. That's why we are so excited to be able to present this Annual Report, the result of the constant work carried out during the years 2019-2021 by the entire team that makes up this multidisciplinary Research Centre.
Being a faithful reflection of the analytical and applied spirit of each of the ICALP professionals, in this three-year period we have been able to advance to the strengthening of animal protection in the legal and public policy sphere, not only in Spain but also in Latin America. Although it's worth highlighting the embodiment of one of our founding objectives for which we have been fighting since 2009 and which, since December 2021, is a reality in Spain: the change in the legal status of animals in the Civil Code, from things to 'Sentient beings', through Law 17/2021 of 15 December, which amends the Civil Code, the Mortgage Law and the Civil Procedure Law.
The ICALP's leadership in this long and arduous path of de-objectification of non-human animals reflects years of uninterrupted work and research, embodied in publications, theses, courses and initiatives. Many of them have already been compiled in the "Dossier on the legal status of animals in Spain and other countries", highlighting the Animal Law Database (www.derechoanimal.info ), the unique Master in Animal Law in Europe (https://www.derechoanimal.info/es/master ) and the journal dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies) https://revistes.uab.cat/da/index.
An important fact about the Animal Law Database, created with the collaboration of the Affinity Foundation together with the website www.derechoanimal.info, is that it's the only one that integrates the Legislation of Jurisprudence and Legislation in Animal Law, also incorporating that relating to Latin America.
New goals and new purposes that will allow us to continue learning and advancing for the animals, always with the dedication, passion and perseverance that has characterised this Research Centre and that has allowed us to satisfy many of our purposes. Some of them will be linked to research in the field of animal de-objectification, while others will focus on addressing issues such as the labelling of the products of animal origin, animals at work or the impact of climate change on fauna and pollinating insects, especially bees.
Many of these data can already be consulted in this report, which we present neatly and as a tribute to the effort and dedication of each and every one of the people who make up the ICALP. We are not worried about the pace. We continue to work slowly but steadily in order to be able to celebrate new goals in the future. Being faithful to our purpose, "to know more to work better for the animals", we thank all the people of the ICALP for their contributions and professionalism that have allowed us to continue on our way during all these years.