Hundreds of pets accompanied by their owners took to the streets of the Paseo Colón to celebrate in large the signature of the Animal Welfare Act.
From 9 to. m. this Sunday June 11, kicked off the parade from the Mercedes Tower up to the main stage, located next to the Bank of Costa Rica. The walk was led by Duke, the dog symbol against the mistreatment of animals.
To be 10:55. m. the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solís, sealed with his signature the document, which punishes with harsh penalties and even prison, the mistreatment of animals, or their death on purpose.
The excitement of the people and the barking was joined, at that time, to the applause of those who struggle for the defense of their friends, four-legged.
The activity was organized by the Government of Costa Rica and the Municipality of San Jose was attended by more than 100 social groups and animalistic, among them the National Association for the protection of Animals, Animal Life, ChepeCletas and PerroCross.
Joined the feast, the canine units of the country, who stole the attention of both adults and children during the party was lively with the music of Balerom and Ivory.
The amendment to the Law 7451 on Animal Welfare was approved in second debate, last Thursday, 1| June, and was discussed during several months under the draft legislation N° 18.625, presented the current legislative popular initiative.
This legislation includes penalties of imprisonment from three months to a year to anyone who directly or through another person, cause harm to a pet or domesticated.
In addition, the new law punishes with imprisonment from three months to a year to anyone who directly or through another person to organize, lead or run fights of animals.
In addition, it imposes fines of a quarter or half a base salary to those who promote or engage in breeding or training to promote fights, in violation of the provisions on experimental or fails to comply with the basic conditions for the well-being of the animals.
As he detailed the Government in a press release, the approved law «exception to the application of penalties in regard to the fishing activities, aquaculture, farming, husbandry, livestock, veterinary, and those with a purpose of improving disease control, or plant protection, marking, breeding control or hygiene of the animal species.
In the same way, are exempt which are made for reasons of mercy, shelter of crops or production plots, which have the purpose of research, which is carried out with the purpose of safeguarding the public health and veterinary health, the activities of breeding, transportation and entertainment public or private animals that to comply with the provisions of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.