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February 6, 2017

Mexico City enacts one of the most animal-friendly constitutions in the Americas

Humane Society International/Mexico

  • Article 13-B of the new constitution, recognizes animals as sentient beings whose welfare must be protected. iStockphoto

Humane Society International is celebrating the far reaching animal protection language found in Mexico City’s formally enacted new constitution, noting that it is one of the most animal-friendly constitutional texts in the Americas.

Article 13-B of the new constitution, which was approved by an 81 to zero vote, recognizes animals as sentient beings whose welfare must be protected. They are accorded moral consideration and their care is considered a common responsibility of citizens and local authorities. It mandates secondary laws to determine penalties for animal abuse and guidelines for wildlife protection and humane farm animal practices.

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Anton Aguilar, HSI/Mexico director, said: “We applaud Mexico City’s Constitutional Assembly for acknowledging the importance of providing protections to animals as sentient beings in the new constitution. Through proper regulation and implementation, the government and society must work together to continue making the city a model of animal protection in Mexico and throughout the region.”

HSI worked with legislators in Mexico City throughout the process of creating a new constitution to ensure it enshrined animal welfare. In September last year, HSI, along with constitution-drafting legislators and the city’s Environment General Attorney, organized a forum at the House of Representatives to discuss the importance of including language to protect animals in the new constitution.

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

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