Misleading 'Animal Protection Act' Vetoed by Mexican Governor
Finding out that an ‘Animal Protection Act’ was vetoed by Mexican Governor Jaime “Bronco” Rodriguez Calderón may at first glance seem like bad news, until you learn more what the bill was actually proposing.
Mercy For Animals described the bill as one that would have “stripped hundreds of thousands of animals in Mexico from protections”, and that:
“Specifically, the law would have left pigs, cows, chickens, goats, sheep, and turkeys completely unprotected. It would have made dogfighting a lesser crime, permitted the sale of companion animals in street markets, and stripped protections from wild animals as well.”
This proposed law definitely gives new meaning to never judging a book by its cover–or in this case, title. Luckily Governor Calderón has stated that he will veto the bill, and according to Mercy For Animals, it is due to the efforts of Blanka Alfaro Pola, the Latin American communications coordinator for the organization, who voiced her opposition to the bill through videos that went viral and encouraged people to mobilize to get the bill vetoed (with haghtags #BroncoVetoInteligente or #BroncoSmartVeto) based on its implications for animals.
While the bill had passed the Nuevo Leon legislature unanimously, Governor Calderón announced that he would veto it, stating:
“Congress passed a law that I think lacked a bit of discussion…if I veto it, it goes back to Congress and Congress can re-propose it, but this time with a deeper discussion and taking into account the opinion of those who do not agree with that Act.”
Thanks to Alfaro Pola, citizens–and even the Governor, were able to see the ‘Animal Protection Act’ for what it really was.
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