Public veterinary clinics in Mexico

The Mexican Senate has approved a reform aimed at creating public veterinary clinics.

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), lawmakers said pet ownership has become a serious problem in Mexico, with 23 million pets in the country.

On December 6, 2023, the Mexican Senate approved a reform to the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection that promotes the creation of public veterinary clinics throughout the country whose task is to provide preventive medical care services to animals. and, in case of illness, your medical attention and care. The reform was approved with 71 votes in favor and zero against.

The need for public veterinary clinics

According to the statement, the senators agreed that creating places that provide veterinary consultation, sterilization, deworming, vaccination and surgery is an appropriate action to promote a culture of responsible ownership, care and protection of Mexican pets. These clinics will care for companion animals, including dogs, cats, birds, fish, and other small animals.

Based on figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), legislators warned that pet ownership in Mexico has become a serious problem since the country has 23 million pets. Furthermore, 70% of dogs and cats live on the streets, which means that only 5,4 million animals have homes and 60.000 of them die due to not receiving timely medical attention or due to street violence.

They also believe that pet abandonment is not only a matter of abuse and irresponsibility, but also a matter of public health. The document highlights that nationwide around 696 tons of manure are collected every day and that only in Mexico City more than half a ton of manure is produced every day, which is equivalent to 182 tons per year.

In this sense, legislators consider that although there are methods or campaigns related to the promotion of activities that reduce the presence of animals on the streets and thus prevent animal cruelty, such as sterilization campaigns, the establishment of clinics Veterinary practices can formalize these strategies through higher levels of participation and recognition.

Where will the public veterinary clinics be?

The location of each state veterinary clinic has not yet been determined. However, by design, federal and municipal entities will implement them as funds become available, so they are expected to be implemented gradually in all states.

In turn, the federal government committed to providing financial support for the creation of these clinics.

Environmental education for all

Environmentalist deputy Marco Antonio Natale Gutiérrez, of the Green Party, said the new law helps guarantee people's right to a healthy environment.

The resolution also stipulates the inclusion of environmental education in all learning cycles to promote and guarantee the animal welfare.

The author of the bill concludes: “The protection of animals is no longer the task of experts but becomes the common responsibility of everyone, regardless of whether we are owners or not.".

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