Questions of animal welfare at Department of Ecología
By Christina Miguel
We, as residents and citizens in the multicultural community of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, request the local and state government’s attention and immediate action regarding a situation that is impacting the prestige of our community.
Animal Care and Protection
Jardín, east corner – same side as clock tower
There is a current lack of respect, protection and compassionate care for animals. The Department of Ecología is in current violation of the regulations to protect animals in San Miguel, set forth by the community and the municipality of San Miguel de Allende on April 18, 2011. Though there has been significant progress in the last 20 years, through a lot of hard work from individuals and organizations, it is common knowledge that there is a current crisis occurring at Ecología. Animals are being neglected, mistreated and abused in San Miguel. Residents and volunteers have been banned and there are no veterinarians at Ecología. These are only some of the violations of the Regulations. There are more.
Thousands of concerned citizens are speaking up and expressing their concerns for the animals and for the reputation of San Miguel de Allende. How could such a beautiful, historic city, rich in culture and tradition, allow such abuse, neglect and mistreatment of animals? Many excuse it as “Mexican culture and tradition.” Actually, according to local respected historians and archeologists, people here used to be honorably buried with their dog companions. Now we are neglecting them and throwing them into mass graves – or worse, into the garbage at Ecología. With great and due respect to Mexico and her people and people who choose to live and visit here, it seems wrong to say that abuse, neglect and mistreatment of animals are the true traditions and cultures of Mexico. If so, then these traditions and cultures need to be changed – for spiritual, moral and ethical reasons.
We request, with all due respect to Mexico and her offices of administration, for the Governor and Officers of Administration use their authority and compassion to convince the Department of Ecología to adhere to state and municipal Regulations 2011, for the protection of animals in our community. The Department of Ecología is in current violation of Article 6 -II, IV, V Article 7 II & III as well as Article 8 – I, II & XII. With residents and volunteers banned from Ecología, not only have more dogs suffered neglect, with no blankets, beds or comfort in their final five days on Earth, but also more dogs have been euthanized in recent months – from 14 in February to 45 in June. The dogs neglected and euthanized include the lost pets of residents of San Miguel de Allende. The violations, neglect and mistreatment are too lengthy to list here.
Using the usual excuses and reasons of lack of funds and resources is not viable. We have a willing, ready and able community of citizens who are willing to collaborate and contribute time, energy, love, compassion and money to the true protection, respect and compassionate care of animals in San Miguel. We are interested in living up to true and respectful traditions and cultures of San Miguel de Allende and Mexico. We as a community must and can do this for the animals, for the human community, for the respect and love of San Miguel (#1 in the world travel destination – Conde Nast Magazine 2013) and for the nation of Mexico. It’s also good for business, if one needs that as a motivating factor.
Let us be a role model for positive change and compassionate care, protection, love and respect for animals.
For more information about the true respect, protection and compassionate care of animals in San Miguel de Allende – please visit the Open Community Facebook page – Animal Map SMA – donated in service by a community member facebook.com/groups/AnimalMapSMA.