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February 12, 2014

Chile President Piñera Urged to Reject Dog Hunting

Humane Society International

Two dogs in the street

Dinamir Predov/istock

Humane Society International urges the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, to repeal a new decree authorizing the hunting of dogs in rural areas of the country. The decree authorizes that dogs more than 400 meters from any town or rural housing may be captured or killed.

Alexandra Rothlisberger, HSI Program Manager for Latin America, said: "In Chile, owned dogs are not homebound and therefore follow their owners on journeys of more than 400 meters in both urban and rural areas. With this decree any dog can be hunted or captured. Such amendments are archaic, punish the victim without solving the problem of abandoned animals, and go against the efforts made by other branches of government to educate on responsible ownership of pets.

“We urge President Piñera and the Ministry of Agriculture to join the efforts of other government entities and create opportunities to educate people about responsible pet ownership, starting with facilitating access to veterinary services with emphasis on sterilization”.

In Chile, HSI implements spay/neuter projects alongside local organization RIMA and the Regional Ministerial Secretary of Health. Together, the groups have sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed approximately 1,200 dogs in rural areas of the Aysen region. Several of these dogs return to rural areas with their owners where they will run the risk of being hunted.

Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: +1 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org    

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