Representatives from animal organizations joined forces to put pressure on legislators to make them read the Animal Welfare Act draft.
Patricia Abadía, from the Association for Animal Welfare and Shelter, declared that the recommendations from the Constitutional Court has already been followed and the project is ready to be voted.
The animal advocates met at 2 pm at the Legislative Assembly
850,000-colón fines for not collecting dog feces and the definition of the animal are some of the queries sent by legislators to the Constitutional Court.
The institution recommended respecting the supremacy of the human being. In addition, penalties for animal’s deaths should be lower than those prescribed by law for issues such as abortion.
In the original draft, the term “animal” was defined as “being capable of feeling pain and stress.” The animal advocates agreed to remove the “stress” word.
It seems that we are still in the stone age, qw have to start taking into account that the animal’s pain is exactly the same to human beings’,
declared Patricia Abadía.
The animal welfare association’s backup plan is to vote the law through a referendum. The Supreme Electoral Court is counting more than 192,000 signatures presented by organizations. However, more signatures will be received in case some are not accepted by the institution.