March 28, 2014
Chile to Halt Dog Hunting
Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture announced that it will not enact a newly amended hunting law that included authorizing the hunting of dogs in rural areas of the country. The announcement, published on the Ministry of Agriculture’s website, mentions that the inclusion of feral dogs as a harmful species in the hunting law requires further analysis, in conjunction with a policy on responsible guardianship.
In February Humane Society International urged President Sebastian Piñera to reject this amendment to the law on grounds that many dogs deemed feral are indeed owned dogs allowed to roam freely and unsupervised.
Alexandra Rothlisberger, HSI Program Manager for Latin America, said: “We applaud this decision and encourage the Ministry of Agriculture to work alongside the Ministry of Health in supporting campaigns that strengthen the bond between people and their dogs. For the safety of the dogs and their human families, dogs should not be allowed to roam unsupervised.”
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