The 1st of October was enabled the National Registry of pet Animals (Renac), the article 18 of the Law 18.471, of responsible ownership of animals. The text says that in the Renac you will have to register “all those animals in that category, corresponding to its organisation and functioning the National Commission Honorary Animal Welfare [Cotryba]”. The register shall be made from the information that has the microchip, subdermal that the owners should be put to the dogs. This measure kindled the controversy, and is resisted even by the representatives of the protective of animals that form part of the Advisory Council which advises the Cotryba. Karina Kokar and Miguel Píriz, of that organization, disseminated a press release in which ensures that the measure “is absolutely ineffective, untimely and contrary to the spirit of the Law 18.471”. The press release says that the requirement of the chip by itself does not solve the problem of the overpopulation of dogs. Should be the last or, in any case, part of a set of coordinated measures and launched simultaneously, as a true campaign”.
Píriz said yesterday to the daily that the policy will have a negative result, and one of the consequences is the abandonment of dogs, something that, according to Píriz, is already happening. “It was the first approach that we did, but we were not listened to”. The activist said he worked for months on a larger project, but is only applying this measure. “The manager of the Cotryba [July Pinto] says that we signed that we agreed with the chipeo, but it is not so. What we signed was a plan in broad lines, that took us months,” he said. Píriz refers to the National Programme of Management of the Dog Population, which has six points: to ensure that 100% of the dogs have a fork responsible and that you are registered; to link the record to the rate of patent, “with the goal of allowing an audit efficiently and to increase revenues for that concept”; to achieve the sufficient castrations per year to restrain the growth of the dog population; to discourage the reproduction in the households; to control the marketing; educate and raise awareness about the responsible ownership; and monitor and control the program.
Píriz ensures that it is not reported on the scope of the law, and he went on to say that “if there is chipea the dog is going to be penalties”. Said that “the first thing to attack is the reproduction in the houses, because it is where we have overpopulation of animals”. The activist estimated that of the 1.742.000 census, which have forks responsible “do not exceed 20%”. The representative of the protective makes the estimation on the basis of the people who pay the patent, more than 10% which corresponds to those who do not pay but take care properly their pets. “We believe that 60% of these dogs live in the areas most deprived; in addition, there are 200,000 people in a situation of abandonment. When the minister of Livestock [Agriculture and Fisheries, Tabaré] Aguerre said that he was going to capture these dogs, feed them and relocate them, [there was] the cost of feed exceeds ten million dollars per year; to this we must add the cost of the dog runs, the maintenance, the veterinarians and the staff.”
Píriz insisted that the Council is not the decision-maker: “We are just advisers.” The authorities of the Cotryba are Enzo Benech, deputy secretary of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP); Cristina Lustemberg, undersecretary of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP); Jorge Vazquez, undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior (MI), and Marne Osorio, mayor of Rivera, the Congress of Mayors.
“When you talk about resolutions, we talk of the judgement of the hierarchs. At no time did the representatives of the animal protectors advise you to go to chipear and not do anything else. What we say is that there is a plan worked that the Cotryba filed. Not to do so because of lack of resources, no money,” said Píriz. Due to lack of resources, he said, was called to tender for the import of equipment. “Not invested in buying the chips: for the only for that is a business is for business”. A proposal of the protectors was that, by 2018, prohibit for one year the importation of dogs for breeding.
The manager of the Cotryba, Julio Pinto, said yesterday to the daily that yes is being implemented throughout the plan. “In some things we are going faster, because we have more resources. We have made great progress in the issue of education and awareness about responsible ownership and animal welfare,” he said.
He said that it is working with Primary, Secondary, and UTU. “On the other hand, we are working with the Community Police in training courses on the law. The strategy was to start out by public actors to be diffusers of the policy. We are in dialogue with the Ministry of Social Development to do the same with the social workers who are working in the neighborhoods,” he said.
Pinto said that there was progress in the control of reproduction and marketing, but the consultants in charge of the studies to be delayed and not presented the reports that they should have been ready in July. Pinto agreed that at present there is a trade to be avoided: “Today, one enters a Free Market, and anyone selling a dog”. After the reports, the Cotryba plan to make resolutions or to elevate projects to the Parliament.
When asked about why she decided to start by replacing the chip, he said that “it is the system that is tested to work at the international level”. “It is safe and efficient. Geo-location [GPS system] does not work because it requires a battery and a device that emits waves and can affect the health of the animal. That is why it is not used in any place in the world”, he explained.
The manager of the Cotryba denied leave to enter the addresses to register the dogs, and to impose fines. “We never said that. Emerged out of the social networks and it is totally false. We’re not going to get into the house to get the dogs. We are working in a collaborative environment and we want people to go adding to lower the dog population,” he said.