Puerto Rico Unveils Campaign To Improve Treatment Of Animals

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican officials have launched a campaign to improve the treatment of animals after the allegations in October that dozens of cats and dogs were hurled to their deaths from a bridge.

The island will build new shelters and create animal protection units within every police department, said Terestella Gonzalez Denton, executive director of the island’s tourism department.

Denton said, “We want to tell the world that Puerto Rico is a civilized society.”

People from all over the world have written letters to Puerto Rican officials, and more than 50,000 people signed an online petition asking for justice for those responsible for their deaths.

Puerto Rico’s police chief stated that officers would be trained and animal protection units would be established. One police officer said that it is hard for many Puerto Rican residents to understand that animals have rights.

Tourism officials estimated that Puerto Rico has lost more than $15 million as a result of the pet massacres.

Source: International Herald Tribune

6 Responses to “Puerto Rico Unveils Campaign To Improve Treatment Of Animals”

  1. Donna B says:

    How could it be that the people of PR don’t understand that animals have rights too? Anyone with any sense of compassion should know this innately - it is not something that needs to be learned. Well then maybe something good will come out of this horror after all. I always heard that animals suffered cruelly on the streets of PR. Now maybe the standard of care for these poor creatures will be raised. One can only hope.

  2. The Lioness says:

    Haha! Money talks! They lost $15m? Wow!

    Well, I’m glad they are taking this seriously, at least.

    ~The Lioness

  3. Lynn says:

    They can talk all they want - but the proof will be seeing the changes they say they will make, not reading the rhetoric.

    I’m sure the only reason why they even said they would institute new changes is because they can’t afford to lose the tourist trade.

    Do they really think $1.5M is going to stretch very far??? I think it’s all a pipe dream. And what are they doing in the meantime?

  4. Charlie says:

    HOW ABOUT SPAY AND NEUTER!!!!!!! Why open more shelters to house and kill the dogs and cats. WHen they should be pouring the money into low cost or FREE Spay and Neuter!!!

  5. Lynne says:

    Why not spay and neuter? Because the U.S. doesn’t place a high priority on this.

  6. Manolo Matos says:

    This was actually a company that was paid by the government of Barceloneta to transport the dogs to a shelter in Carolina. The company is called Animal Control Solution and the owner is Julio Diaz. The Government of San Juan sued the company. http://animalrightspr.blogspot.....ntrol.html

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