Puerto Vallarta has trained eight police officers in animal protection and abuse to organize a new unit dedicated to protecting animals in the city.
The unit’s objective is to respond to animal abuse reports and rescue animals of abuse and neglect. The new unit was formed by the city of Puerto Vallarta and is recognized as part of the police force.
Last year Puerto Vallarta attended the International Animal Welfare Forum. The forum addressed topics such as policy gaps to ensure the welfare of animals, the social effects of animal abuse, and the role of civil society in the protection of animals, among other topics.
More than 300 people attended the forum from various parts of the country who were given the opportunity to learn the latest developments in veterinary and animal welfare research.
There was also a special emphasis on new animal protection laws, and how to address the laws with local authorities, presented by Leticia Martinez, Director General for Crime Prevention with the Secretariat of Public Security in the Federal District.
When a child is hungry, it is difficult even to consider animal abuse. But each time an animal is mistreated, it is a sin, just as it is when we could have fed the child.