Over the past few days, I have been helping to solicit online signatures for a campaign to reform the current animal welfare laws in Quintana Roo. As many of our readers are English speakers, we have had the document translated so that everyone can keep up to date with these initiatives and, hopefully, lend their support to this movement. The petition is somewhat lengthy but worth reading through in its entirety.

If you have not already signed the petition, I urge you to do so. The wheels of change here turn slowly. Yucatan State recently enacted new legislation for animal protection and see no reason why Quintana Roo should not follow their lead. Lend your name to this cause HERE.

Animal Welfare Quintana Roo 

Thank you to Lisa Love Juliot for translating this for me on such short notice.

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REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF INITIATIVES IN QUINTANA ROO:

1. REFORM THE STATE ANIMAL WELFARE AND PROTECTION ACT

2. CRIMINAL CODE  PENALTY FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY

The law for animal protection, as it is written now, for the State of Quintana Roo, is obsolete because it does not address the general concern for the many situations arising from interactions between humans and animals which our society calls for change, based on a legal framework consistent with reality. Thus, aware of the need for legislation to ensure and guarantee the fundamental rights of all living beings, we presented October 4, 2011 the proposed reform initiative to the law for Animal welfare and protection to Quintana Roo, which was recently analyzed by the body of the Congress of Quintana Roo and given permison be presentes as a draft opinion and may be voted on next month in May of 2013.

This initiative aims to:

-Have an ethical, inclusive and applicable law.

-To promote good Government practices that are efficient, responsible and congruent with the use of public resources.

-Involve the State's intervention in different levels of Government.

-Promote a participatory society among citizens.

-Count on budget allocations for the implementation of the law.

-Convert Quintana Roo into a destination at the forefront in the field of animal protection.

This reform includes among other proposals:

1. Elimination of the method of electrocution as a population control for dogs and cats and replace it with permanent, massive, extensive, systematic and free sterilization programs.

2. Incorporation of Animal welfare and protection content in the State educational system.

3. Prohibition of shows that promotie animal abuse.

4. Prohibition of the sale and exploitation of animals in public.

5. Regulation of the use of working animals.

6. Creation of a Fund as well as a Board of Trustees for Animal welfare and protection.

7. Regulations on the transfer, trade, alienation, capture and slaughter of animals.

The State of Quintana Roo requires legislation that is directed towards an improvement in animal protection and an initicative that will require its correct application and enforcement of all proceedings of municipal regulatory adjustments to infiltrate the daily conduct of all sectors.

Similarly we asked them to decide the "Iniciative of Animal abuse in the criminal code of Quintana Roo" because violence against animals is a tool of reliable prediction of interpersonal violence, animal cruelty is therefore a clear indicator of violence and abuse of people and an indicator of crimes that can be committed in the future against the society; proof of this is in the study presented in May of 2004 by the Secretary of Public Security for the Federal District Government, which pointed out that 87% of criminals, thieves and sexual predators, admitted to having burned, hanged or stabbed animals. Therefore, it is a fact that these acts of violence are not separate, but they are part of a cycle, proven by the FBI, which has a unit dedicated to studying this connection and to use as evidence for predictive purposes and research. These studies should serve to alert authorities, teachers, social leaders and parents, about the importance of animal cruelty as a potential indicator of dysfunctional family relationships and future antisocial and aggressive behavior against people.

In this way, we seek to go one step further in the administrative modernization of the State, by looking for the most suitable legal mechanisms to achieve the purposes that we have set for acting fairly according to the legal framework and with all measures within our reach, to satisfy the demands and needs of the population.
Therefore, we ask that both initiatives be decided next month, May 2013, and that you "vote in FAVOR" of them so that these inicitavies are not left behind by yet another administration and so that we can generate the long-awaited changes that our society demands.

SINCERELY

COMMUNITY OF QUINTANA ROO 

To:
Manuel Jesus Aguilar Ortega, Delegate
Lark Maribell Herrera Pavón, Delegate
Luis Alfonso Torres Llanes, Delegate
Leysdi Soledad fleet Medina, Delegate
Marylin Rodriguez Marrufo, Delegate
Juan Carlos Pereyra Escudero, Delegate
Lourdes Bautista leydi Pech, Delegate
Jorge Enrique Elias Nahim Aguilar Cheluja
Leslie Berenice Baeza Soto, Delegate
Patricia Sanchez Carrillo, Delegate
Demetrio Celaya Cotero, Delegate
Mariana Anahi Aranda Arjona, Delegate
Cristobal Castillo Novelo, Delegate
Oscar Alfredo Velázquez pillar, Delegate
Linda Saray Cobos Castro, Delegate
ENA Miriam Gamboa, Delegate
Armando Palomo Miguel Gomez, Delegate
Telma Yolanda Cervera Villanueva, Delegate
Mauricio Morales Beiza, Delegate
Lucelly Marianela Roldán Carrillo, Delegate
Ramon Loy Enriquez, Delegate


Mr./Mrs. Delegate, on behalf of my family, I want to have an ethical, comprehensive, operable law and a consistent, efficient and accountable use of public resources by the Government to promote: the sterilization of dogs and cats, animal welfare education, responsibility and care of pets, the application of sanctions for animal abuse and neglect, as well as the participation of the State and society.

This initiative aims to:
-Have an ethical, inclusive and applicable law.
-To promote good Government practices that are efficient, responsible and congruent with the use of public resources.
-Involve the State's intervention in different levels of Government.
-Promote a participatory society among citizens.
-Count on budget allocations for the implementation of the law.
-Convert Quintana Roo into a destination at the forefront of the field of animal protection.

This reform includes among other proposals:

1. Elimination of the method of electrocution as a population control for dogs and cats and replace it with permanent, massive, extensive, systematic and free sterilization programs.
2. Incorporation of Animal welfare and protection content in the State educational system.
3. Prohibition of shows that promote animal abuse.
4. Prohibition of the sale and exploitation of animals in public.
5. Regulation of the use of working animals.
6. Creation of a Fund as well as a Board of Trustees for Animal welfare and protection.
7. Regulations on the transfer, trade, alienation, capture and slaughter of animals.

 

Sincerely,

[Your name]

Animal Welfare Act Quintana Roo