Guatemala Adopts Landmark Animal Welfare Law
Just a few weeks ago, Guatemala passed “one of the world’s most comprehensive anti-cruelty laws,” which was drafted and submitted by The Humane Society International (HSI). According to Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the new law is:
“An omnibus measure that, in addition to its basic anti-cruelty provisions, creates protections for wildlife, companion animals, animals used in research, and animals used in circuses. It bans animal testing for cosmetics, and also dogfighting, and establishes penalties for spectators of this cruel activity. The law creates an official government platform to address animal welfare.”
The law, officially approved by Guatemala’s Congress on February 28, sets basic welfare provisions for animals and will “penalize animal cruelty and its perpetrators” by “establishing fines, and setting up the government to deal with cruelty cases.”
Cynthia Dent, global field manager for HSI, hopes that this groundbreaking law will reverse the “disturbing trend” of animal cruelty cases in Guatemala rising in recent years.
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