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September 13, 2016

Salvadorian officials to receive training, technical assistance for new animal protection law

Humane Society International holds first workshop in capital to ensure the law’s successful implementation

Humane Society International/Latin America

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Public officials and civil society representatives will receive training and technical assistance for the implementation of the new Law for the Protection and Wellbeing of Companion Animals in El Salvador. Humane Society International is organizing the workshop that will feature the organization’s experts, along with local Salvadorian authorities and representatives from Costa Rica, where a similar law has been recently implemented.

Amanda Chaves, program manager for companion animals at HSI’s Latin American office, said: “We are confident this workshop will result in a strong commitment by institutions, civil society organizations and citizens to build a culture of respect and consideration for all living creatures in El Salvador. The country’s new animal welfare law protects El Salvador's animals from abuse by making cruelty to animals a punishable offense.”

Beginning in 2013, HSI/Latin American joined Salvadorian associations and legal representatives in drafting animal welfare legislation. The National Assembly passed the new law on April 7, 2016. Enforcement began in July.

Among its main provisions, the law promotes preventative education through the national education system, bans dogfighting and regulates animal shelters, animal breeders, and the use of companion animals in research. The workshop is tailored for public officials of the 14 municipalities that integrate the Metropolitan Area of the capital San Salvador, includingrepresentatives of the Ministries of Public Health, Agriculture, Education, and Environment, who are part of the National Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Companion Animals; and members of various animal protection associations who have demonstrated a tireless dedication to companion animals for many years.

Chaves, along with Iliana Cespedes, national director of animal welfare at the National Animal Health Service in Costa Rica, will present at the workshop.

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

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