LONG TIME COMING: Mexico signs Declaratory for Animal Welfare to move forward on animal welfare legislation (Español abajo)

Recently, legislators, academics and representatives from animal welfare organizations signed the “Declaratory for Animal Welfare in Mexico.” This was an unprecedented event in the history of Mexico and is an important step forward to push for the approval of a General (Federal) Animal Welfare Law in Mexico that hopefully will be passed soon.

Fighting for animal welfare requires perseverance and patience. IFAW started working in 2003 on the development of this law, when discussion of animal welfare issues in legislation was new and how those issues could be incorporated into legislation not well understood.

IFAW, in partnership with the Faculty of Veterinary Studies from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), coordinated a multidisciplinary team of legal experts, academics and animal welfare and protection groups to develop the document.

Even though the law was needed, it failed to pass over many attempts mainly because the livestock sector claimed we wanted to over-regulate their practices.

But now, 12 years have passed and, after several attempts to pass it, we have enough scientific research to prove that investing in animal welfare is not only beneficial for livestock but for building a better society in general.

The document evolved and was continuously enriched by academics from UNAM and the Animal Welfare Collaboration Center for Mexico from the World Organization for Animal Health (OiE).

I applaud and congratulate Senators Lilia Merodio, Jesus Casillas and Mario Delgado for their interest in the promotion of animal welfare in the national agenda, and we hope that the General Animal Welfare Law will be approved soon.

--JDT

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México firma Declaratoria por el Bienestar Animal

Hace unos días tuve la fortuna de ser parte de la historia del Bienestar Animal en México. En un evento histórico, Senadores de la República, académicos y representantes de organizaciones de la sociedad civil firmamos la “Declaratoria por el Bienestar Animal en México”. Este es un gran paso para impulsar la aprobación de una Ley General (Federal) de Bienestar Animal en México.

Luchar por el bienestar de los animales requiere de perseverancia y paciencia. El IFAW comenzó a trabajar en el proyecto de Ley General en el año 2003, pero en ese entonces el concepto de bienestar animal era relativamente nuevo y no era bien comprendido en todos los sectores.

El IFAW en colaboración con la Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), coordinó un equipo multidisciplinario de expertos legales, académicos y de representantes de organizaciones de bienestar y protección de los animales para desarrollar el documento de ley, pero a pesar de que dicha ley era necesaria, no fue aprobada principalmente porque el sector ganadero pensaba que sobre-regularía sus actividades.

Hoy, después de varios intentos por ser aprobada, 12 años han pasado y contamos con suficiente investigación científica para probar que invertir en bienestar animal no sólo beneficiará al sector ganadero, también nos ayudará a construir una mejor sociedad.

El documento de ley evolucionó y fue enriquecido continuamente por académicos de la UNAM y representantes del Centro Colaborador en Bienestar Animal de la Organización Mundial de Sanidad Animal (OiE).

Agradezco y aplaudo a la Senadora Lilia Merodio y los Senadores Jesús Casillas y Mario Delgado, por su interés en impulsar el tema de Bienestar Animal en la agenda del país y esperemos que ahora sí la Ley General de Bienestar Animal sea aprobada.

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