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September 5, 2016

HSI works with legislators to include animal welfare on new Mexico City constitution

Humane Society International/Mexico

  • Lily Montalbetti/istock

As Mexico City prepares to become a federal entity, Humane Society International, a leading animal protection organization, is working with legislators to ensure animal welfare is enshrined in its new constitution. Today at the House of Representatives in Mexico City, HSI, along with constitution-drafting legislators and Mexico City’s Environment General Attorney, organized a forum to discuss the importance of including language to protect animals in the new constitution.

Anton Aguilar, HSI/Mexico director, said: “The drafting of a constitution for Mexico City opens a window of opportunity to send a political message acknowledging animals as sentient beings whose welfare needs to be taken into account. As a progressive, global metropolis, Mexico City’s new constitution must include animals as part of the community and ensure their protection under the law.” 

Constitutional experts, animal welfare scholars and local animal protection organizations also joined the discussion. All parties agreed in the need to incorporate animal welfare in the constitutional text and discussed possible language options. Leticia Mejia in representation of the Mexico City Environment General Attorney, Miguel Angel Cancino, and constitution-drafting legislators René Cervera, Lol Kin Castañeda, Ismael Figueroa and Sotero Rivera in representation of Elena Chavez, attended the event. 

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

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