A groundbreaking victory has been won for the thousands
of dogs enmeshed in Mexico’s animal fighting trade!
Mexico’s Senate has approved comprehensive law that bans all dogfighting. It includes strict penalties throughout the country, including imprisonment and fines, for anyone involved in dogfighting activities.
Dog fighting arena in the barrio, Mexico City
Image Credit: Urban Mexico Cinema
Mexican lawmakers have approved penalties for dogfighting and the activities surrounding it, including organizing fights, owning or trading a fighting dog, possessing property used to hold fights or attending a fight as a spectator. The law will be enacted as soon as it is published in the federal register (Diario Oficial de la Federación).
Executive director of Humane Society International/Mexico Anton Aguilar issued the following statement:
“We are grateful to our lawmakers for first banning, and now penalizing, dogfighting in Mexico. For too long, countless dogs have suffered and society has deteriorated because dogfighting, and the criminal rings that surround it, have largely been left untouched by the Mexican legal system. Those days are over. Dogfighters beware – dogfighting is a criminal activity in Mexico and now anyone participating or supporting this cruel spectacle could face serious consequences under the law.”
This the first time that animal cruelty has been penalized in the Federal Criminal Code. In doing so, Mexico’s lawmakers have sent a clear signal: it’s time to root out animal cruelty and violence from the country, and bring criminals who profit from animal abuse to justice.
More than impacting Mexico, the Mexican law will help to curtail dogfightering in the United States and the American-based dogfighters who have trekked to Mexico to avoid law enforcement in the United States.
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