“The mass poisoning of dogs, cats, iguanas, opossums and birds in Mérida, that was revealed by the Red Animal Yucatán association, will not go unpunished,” declared the president of the Municipal Committee of Mérida from the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), Andrés Fernández del Valle.
The former federal representative said that the poisoning of animals is a criminal offense, and it is important that Mérida strengthen programs that prevent the proliferation of stray dogs and cats.
The leader of the PVEM in Mérida said that they will ask the State Attorney General to fully apply article 407 of the Criminal Code of the State of Yucatan referring to “Mistreatment or Cruelty against domestic animals”, which establishes that whoever commits the crime of mistreatment or cruelty against these species, or whoever intentionally cause death to a domestic animal, without prior written opinion of a veterinarian who justifies the need for slaughter to avoid suffering in the animal in question, or use methods other than those established in official standards Mexican and in the applicable environmental standards ”.
Andrés Fernández del Valle added that article 409 of the Criminal Code establishes that whoever commits acts of mistreatment or cruelty against an animal or that causes death will be sentenced from six months to two years in prison and will be fined.
“In case of using methods that cause serious suffering to the pet before his death, the penalties will be increased. It is understood as methods that cause serious suffering, all those that lead to a non-immediate death and prolong its agony, ”he said.
Fernández del Valle recalled that a few days ago through social networks, the Red Animal Yucatán organization denounced the poisoning of different species near the Mérida’s Periférico, in the area right next to the soccer fields located at the junction of the Mérida- Progreso highway.
The organization published photos and a video in which you can see dogs, cats, iguanas, possums and ven birds that died as a result of poisoned food that was left on the site.
The Yucatan Times Newsroom with information from Red Animal Yucatán