September 23, 2014
Humane Society International Partners with Guatemala’s Department of Animal Health
Partnership to develop improvements for animal welfare in Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY – Humane Society International/Latin America and the Guatemalan government signed an agreement to work together to improve conditions for farm animals and companion animals throughout the country.
The agreement was signed following a day-long event bringing together different stakeholders in the farm animal sector, and providing information on animal welfare considerations relating to the breeding, rearing, housing, transport and slaughter of animals raised for food. The agreement also encompasses companion animal issues, and addresses companion animal cruelty, neglect and hoarding, as well as spay/neuter programs.
Cynthia Dent, regional director for HSI/Latin America, said: “We are pleased to help the Guatemalan government increase awareness on the importance of animal welfare, as well develop on-the-ground programs to improve the treatment of animals in the country.”
Byron Thomae, director for the National Service of Animal Health said: “We are interested in developing this relationship with Humane Society International, to help Guatemala initiate a strong work ethic in animal welfare in the production sector and with companion animals.”
Raul Arce-Contreras, HSI, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301.721.6440