Colima state Animal Protection Act will be passed in 2 more months
State congressmen Germán Virgen of the PRI party, and
Milton de Alba of the PAN party
admitted that unfortunately congress has taken too long
to resolve and accept the proposal of a Law for the Protection of Animals
filed two months ago. The purpose of the law is to ban cockfighting and bullfighting, and to address
the welfare and treatment of these and all animals.
Germán Virgen and Milton de Alba stated that this is an issue that is important for all citizens to understand, and it is urgent that they know that animals are also entitled to be treated with dignity in life and in death.
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At the last meeting with different animal rights groups and veterinary doctors of the state, it was agreed that
the act will become law no later than two months from now.
Funds for this program will come from a public environmental fund which will be used by the different municipalities
to promote the welfare and protection of animals.
Germán Virgen the law will affect the
welfare of all animals, but the main point is to combat cockfighting and
In a cockfight, two roosters fight each other to the death while people place bets. Cockfighters let the birds suffer untreated injuries or throw the losing birds away like trash afterwards.
Each year, approximately 250,000 bulls die in bullfights. Animal rights activists believe that "bullfight" is an inaccurate term for events in which there is very little competition between a nimble, sword-wielding matador, and a confused, maimed, psychologically tormented, and physically debilitated animal. The acts of the bullfight are designed to weaken the bull's back and neck muscles with lances, then further weaken the animal by bloodletting, and finally kill the animal with a sword. If done properly, the animal dies instantly, but usually this is not the case. Most bulls are killed by having their throats cut while incapacitated from other injuries.
Germán Virgen and Milton de Alba feel the change should be a gradual one, since around these activities, there is an industry that generates thousands of jobs.