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October 23, 2012

HSI and Costa Rican Authorities Sign Groundbreaking Agreement on Animal Welfare

Accord will promote cooperation on issues such as animal fighting and farm animal welfare

Humane Society International/Latin America

Humane Society International/Latin America and the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal (SENASA), the Costa Rican animal health service, celebrated the signing of an agreement to join together to work for improved animal welfare standards.

"In recent years, SENASA has become increasingly involved in the fight against dogfighting, an activity which oftentimes involves the sale of drugs and the arms possession. Its latest raid resulted in the seizure of 23 dogs, with two American Pit Bull Terriers that come from bloodlines associated with international dogfighting operations. The agreement aims to formalize and strengthen the collaboration between SENASA and Humane Society International, which will be implemented through awareness campaigns and training with international experts on topics such as responsible pet ownership, animal cruelty report management and welfare of production animals," said German Rojas, director of SENASA.

"Our collaboration with SENASA will allow us to more effectively work with Costa Rican authorities to crack down on animal fighting and promote animal welfare in general,” said Cynthia Dent, regional director for HSI-Latin America. “Humane Society International is very excited about this groundbreaking partnership."

Following the official signing, HSI and SENASA held their first joint training session with personnel from SENASA and law enforcement receiving training to adequately deal with cockfighting and dogfighting, including investigating and breaking up animal fighting operations.

Animal welfare is a global issue, and one of increasing relevance in developing countries, where governmental institutions and NGO’s are key players. It is because of this that SENASA is entering this partnership with HSI, an international organization with over 50 years of experience in the field of animal welfare. This collaboration can become the cornerstone of a new era of improved animal health, welfare and public veterinary health.

Media Contact: Cynthia Dent: 22 83 17 06; cdent@hsi.org
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