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December 7, 2016

Justice Commission of Mexico’s House of Representatives applauded for advancing the criminalization of dogfights

Humane Society International/Mexico

  • Dogfighting is neither federally banned in Mexico, nor prohibited in its criminal code. istockphoto

Update, December 8: the Mexican House of Representatives passed the reform to penalize dogfighters. It now goes to the Senate, where we expect it to be voted and signed into law in the first half of next year. 

The Justice Commission of Mexico’s House of Representatives has issued a favorable opinion on reforming the Federal Criminal Code penalizing various activities related to dogfighting. Those include organizing fights, owning or trading a fighting dog, possessing a property used to hold fights, and attending a fight as a spectator. The House of Representatives is now expected to vote on the reform.

“The Justice Commission made the right decision. Dogfights are cruel, highly unpopular and harmful for our society, since dogfighters have ties to organized crime. A recent Parametria poll shows that 99 percent of Mexicans oppose dogfights and 85 percent support strong penalties for those involved in the business. We urge the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass the reform to the Federal Criminal Code as soon as possible.”

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The following is a statement issued by Anton Aguilar, director of Humane Society International/Mexico, applauding the move:

HSI Mexico launched an anti-dogfighting campaign in July, including a petition for legislators to ban and penalize dogfighting in Mexico. Last month, HSI Mexico presented the more than 200,000 signatures so far obtained supporting the petition. Dogfighting is neither federally banned in Mexico, nor prohibited in its criminal code.

Media contacts:

Raul Arce-Contreras, +1 301.721.6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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