animal rights

Mexico legislator proposes classifying animals as ‘non-human beings’

Legislator Deputy René Cervera Garcia, Citizen Movement, presented an initiative to reform the Federal Civil Code, to include the rights of animals and provide them with a legal entity that separates them from inanimate objects.

The initiative is a draft decree amending the Federal Civil Code, Article 25, in favor of dignified and respectful animal rights.

At a press conference, he stated that if this proposal is approved, Mexico would be placed at the forefront of the protection of animal rights.

According to the legislator, the proposal is important because the law in regards to animals declare them belongings, and this new vision aims to classify them as living beings and may help the defense and regulation of their rights against abuse.

He said the law would be established to create the term “non-human persons” to refer to wild or domestic non-human animals.

In the opinion of Cervera García, the relationship between nature and man is intense and human health benefits; but sometimes they are victims of abuse and neglect.

He clarified that Mexico is not a pioneer in laws that recognize non-human animals, but this legislation would put the country on the level of England, Canada, United States, Colombia, Argentina and France, among others.

“The experiences in these countries range from ensuring the right of nature to limiting the abuse of animals,” he said.

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