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Mexico City Approves New Prison Rules For Animal Cruelty

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For years Mexico City considered animal cruelty a civil offense and citizens were punished with fines. All that has changed now that the Mexican capital has approved prison terms for people convicted of hurting animals.

Lawmakers assembled last Friday and agreed that current laws were not doing enough to deter and prevent animal cruelty.

The Associated Press reports that the legislative assembly unanimously agreed that anyone who intentionally causes harm or abuses animals in any way can be sentenced with up to two years in prison and pay up to $500.

If anyone kills an animal they may face a $2,000 fine and up to four years in prison.

President of the assembly’s law enforcement and justice committee, Antonio Padierna, also says that any animal killed for food must be killed quickly and with as little pain as possible.

These new laws are not disimular to California state laws regarding animal cruelty. These laws can be easily accessed through the Animal Legal Defense Fund website.

In California a misdemeanor for hurting an animal can lead to one year in prison or a $20,000 fine. A felony charge for animal cruelty can lead to up to three years in prison or a $20,000 fine.

One of the most famous animal cruelty cases in the United States is Michael Vick and his illegal dog fighting rink. He served three years in prison for his crimes. If Vick were a Mexico City resident he never would have faced jail time.

Now anyone who hurts animals in Mexico City will face jail time for their actions.

What do you think, are you happy that Mexico City is taking strong action to prevent animal cruelty?

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10 Responses to “Mexico City Approves New Prison Rules For Animal Cruelty”

  1. Eric Mills

    Will the law include charros (and others) who routinely abuse animals in "charreada," Mexico's national sport, and the forerunner of American-style rodeos? Steers routinely suffer bruises and contusions in the charreada's steer tailing event ("coleadero"), in which the steer's tail may be stripped to the bone ("degloved"), even torn off. (I have video.) And horses sometimes suffer broken legs when the steers run the wrong way. Some "sport"!

    Equally troubling are are the "horse tripping" events ("manganas" and "piales") in which running horses are roped by the legs, either front or rear. This cruelty is banned in much of the U.S. Mexico needs to follow suit. "Tradition" and "culture" are never a justification for animal abuse.

    Eric Mills, coordinator.

  2. Judy Redding

    All of these "people" that are watching these poor dogs fight should be put in an arena and let the bulls have full run at them. The could take a buggy whip to these idiots while they are at it also. People like this shouldn't even be allowed to walk the streets.

  3. Barb Slusark

    I think the laws should be tougher. I believe that if you can hurt an animal, you can hurt a human!

  4. Tabatha Davis

    That's better than nothing, but still needs to be tougher. Animals are meant to be man's best friend, not to be used viciously like this. Like Barb said, if you can hurt an animal you could hurt a human.

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