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Warning for Brits holidaying to Tenerife as common mistake could land you a £1,300 fine

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Santa Cruz is popular city in the north of Tenerife (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

If you’re an animal lover, then it’s likely you’re the first to pet cats and dogs, snoozing in the shade, while you’re on holiday.

But be careful, as not all countries are relaxed when it comes to interacting with animals.

In fact, in the popular holiday destination of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, feeding strays is a no-no.

You could face a pretty nasty fine for attempting to give food to local animals – and that even includes birds.

The city of Santa Cruz, in the north of the island, is trying to curb the number of birds on the streets, and the local council has been handing out fines to people who feed them.

Two residents were fined an eye-watering €1,000 (£855) each for feeding pigeons in public areas, according to The Canarian Weekly.

Don’t be tempted by those adorable snoozing cats (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

But punishments aren’t just restricted to those feeding birds, and fines can be even higher, soaring up to €1,500 (£1,282) for violating the rules.

José Manuel Bermúdez, Mayor of Santa Cruz told the Canarian Weekly: ‘Providing food, of any kind, to any animal found in public places is a serious offence and a lack of respect for other citizens.

‘Therefore, these residents must be penalised to prevent it from happening again, as these acts pose serious public health problems and deteriorate our heritage.’

These aren’t the only policies in place to crack down on the number of birds. Recently, the city has been testing the use of a specially trained hawk to scare the pigeons away and prevent them reproducing.

The councillor for the Environment, Carlos Tarife, said the reason to fine people for feeding animals was also for health concerns.

Make sure you’re not breaking any local laws(Picture: Getty Images)

He added: ‘We will continue to penalise anyone who feeds pigeons in Santa Cruz.

‘[The] practice not only leads to uncontrolled growth in the number of these specimens but can also transmit diseases.

‘We cannot allow others to feed them, leaving food residues in public areas and attracting rat or cockroach infestations.’

Spain also has some other some other new rules, which holidaymakers should be aware of.

Tourists will no longer be able to have their fill of poolside cocktails at a number of all inclusive hotels, in a move designed to curb antisocial behaviour.

Alcoholic drinks will be limited to six per person per day as part of their package – three with lunch and three at dinner.

These all inclusive drinks caps have been introduced in El Arenal, Playa de Palma and Magaluf in Majorca, and San Antonio in Ibiza: renowned ‘party areas’ frequented by young visitors.

You are able to pay extra for additional drinks at hotels in these locations, but they need to be purchased separately and won’t come with the all inclusive deal.

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