April 7, 2016
Salvadorian Assembly Approves Vital Animal Welfare Project
Humane Society International/Latin America praises Salvadorian legislators for the passage of historic bill
The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador passed the Law for the Protection and Promotion of Companion Animal Welfare (Ley de Protección y Promoción del Bienestar de Animales de Compañia). This bill is the result of more than two years of work and deliberations, and represents a quantum leap in terms of animal welfare for the Central American country. Legislators approved the legislation with 74 votes out of 84.
Cynthia Dent, executive director of Humane Society International/Latin America, said: “We would like to wholeheartedly congratulate all the members of the Salvadorian Senate for their support of this project, as well as for its swift vote and approval. Both companion animals and their owners across the nation will greatly benefit from its passage, and Humane Society International will be honored to continue working with our local partners and government officials alike to ensure a seamless implementation and enforcement of this new law.”
Among its main provisions, the bill includes the launch of a national policy for the protection of companion animals (Art.7), the promotion of preventative education through the national education system (Art.9) and a total ban on dogfighting (Art. 14). It also establishes mechanisms for the supervision and regulation of animal shelters (Art.17) and animal breeders (Art.22), as well as for the use of companion animals for research (Art.23), among many other aspects.