A peaceful demonstration was held in Monterrey, Nuevo León Mexico on Saturday to support a proposed animal welfare initiative. It was organized by the “Frente Unido de Protección y Liberación Animal de Nuevo León Mexico,” a group of 10 local NGO’s trying to change the animal welfare laws in this state.
Congress member Sonia González Quintana proposed the “Initiative of Law for the Protection and Welfare for Sustainability of the State of Nuevo León,” which was originally presented in the Congress in May, 2010. However, there has been no movement in the government since then, and now Frente Unido is calling for people around the world to urge local officials to support it. The demonstration was a huge success, with approximately 200 people attending and also generating local news coverage. (Photos are in the slide show link to the left.)
Roughly translated, the proposed law states that:
“The overall purpose of the Act is to achieve a development of social consciousness in the way of treating and living with animals to generate a responsive and responsible community of animal welfare.”
It includes provisions in the following areas:
- Ensure the protection, respect and dignity of pets and wild animals in captivity
- Set the minimum obligations of animal keepers to ensure proper development and welfare
- Promote the protection, conservation and respect for the biodiversity of animals
- Promote the humane treatment of animals through environmental education programs and punishing the abuse against them
- Regulate use of draft animals for work, loads, rides and shows
- Regulate the breeding, rearing, sale, housing, lodging, and training of family pets
- Regulate the conduct of experiments and surgical procedures in animals
- Regulate local animal shelters on the protection of animals during transport, accommodation and stunning techniques during slaughter
- Determine the role of animal welfare groups in the campaigns of sterilization and humane killing of animals in local animal shelters
- Encourage the participation of the Associations in Environmental Education Campaigns related to protection of animals.
- Determine the basis for the animal welfare groups’ participation in monitoring local animal shelters
- Establish administrative procedures and punish violations of this Act and the Appeal of disagreement.
Recently, the Congress in Nuevo León conducted a survey to gauge public response to this initiative. Respondents voted it as number one among 39 other social and ecological initiatives. Given this result, Congress has started the process to analyze the initiative for their subsequent approval or denial. Now, Frente Unido is seeking help from the community locally, nationally and globally to tell their local Congress that the issue of protection and animal welfare is important for the majority of society and should be accepted.
A petition has been created to be sent to Nuevo Leon State Congress members and Representatives in favor of this proposed animal welfare law. To sign the petition, click here.
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