Congressman Ramón Loy Enríquez  has presented the congress of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico with a proposal for animal rights.  The congress is examining the proposal presented by animal rights advocates to apply tougher sanctions against those who mistreat animals.

Animal Rights and Welfare in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

In this proposal, sanctions could range from a fine of one hundred days of minimum wage, up to two years in prison.

Congressman Ramón Loy Enríquez, Chairman of the Committee on environment and climate change, presented to the plenary session of the State Congress a reform to the criminal code that will include the crime of animal abuse, and establish penalties from six months to two years of imprisonment and 100 to 400 days of minimum wage fine for those who break the new law. 

The sanctions will be applied to all who carry out acts of cruelty or abuse to any animal species.

The idea, proposed to the legislature, is helping to lay the foundation for awareness of these issues that are of a collective benefit to the procurement of better environmental conditions and for the lives of animals.

Ramón Loy Enríquez also proposes jail time for causing the death of an animal with the maximum sentance  being up to 4 years in prison. This initiative exempts animals that are classified as animales for food production in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act.

If the methods of animal abuse endanger the life of the animal, or if the abuse prior to the death of the animal causes severe suffering, the legislator proposes to increase the penalties by at least 50 per cent.

The proposal is being analyzed by the legislature to decide if the current laws regarding animal welfare should be reformed or if the a new law should be enacted to include programs to provide and foster the commitment to responsible animal ownership.

The new law also contemplates sanctions and punishment for those who allow the irresponsible breeding animals.