The European Union moves forward against deforestation

Beef, pork, sheep, goat, poultry, corn, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, soybeans, wood, charcoal, and printed paper, including products that contain, have been fed, or have been manufactured with these basic products (such as leather, chocolate and furniture) that come from deforested areas will not be able to enter the European Union market.

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Why are manatees dying in Colombia?

Caribbean manatee and the Amazonian manatee are at risk due to incidental fishing, pollution, drought due to the hoarding of water by monoculture and livestock companies, the loss and fragmentation of their habitats, indiscriminate hunting for the consumption of their meat and entanglement with trammel nets or fishing gear.

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Colombia will have a Animal Protection and Welfare National Policy

After three years of delaying its approval, the Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development approved the National Animal Protection and Welfare Public Policy.

The public policy, approved at the end of July was promoted and drafted by animal welfare politicians Juan Carlos Losada, and Andrea Padilla and had the support of different stakeholders and animal rights activists.

This policy seeks to strengthen institutional management to guarantee the protection and welfare of farm animals, street animals, animals used in laboratories, and wild species victims of illegal trafficking, among others. In addition, it establishes strategies and programs for training in responsible ownership, awareness campaigns, sterilization, creation of territorial welfare centres, rehabilitation and comprehensive assistance for wildlife and replacement of animal-drawn vehicles.

“There are now four important challenges for the National Government with this policy. First, define who will execute and evaluate, second, the articulation between entities of the national order, third, the municipal mandate (…) and fourth point, already with this National Policy, the Government in its Development Plan will have to reserve financial resources for its implementation”, highlighted animal welfare senator, Andrea Padilla, on her Twitter account.

This policy will help strengthen the Law on Environmental Crimes, which punishes the trafficking of Colombian wild species with up to 12 years in prison, The Decree that regulates the sustainable management of wild flora and non-timber forest products, measures that, together with the Climate Action Law, represent the Ministry’s strategy to protect, conserve and restore ecosystems in the regions.

From SOS Animals Colombia we celebrate this historic achievement for the animals in our country.

The full text is available in Spanish here. 

Dear Colombian Congress: Animals count on you!

On July 20th, the Colombian new Congress (comprising the Senate and House of Representatives) started the new legislative period 2022-2026. 

SOS Animals Colombia congratulated all candidates that included animal welfare programmes within their political agenda and took the opportunity to share with them an open letter entitled: ‘Animals count on you’.

The letter was drafted with the support of different animal welfare organisations and experts in the field and outlined some of the main challenges for animals in Colombia.

The four-page document proposed solutions to improve the living conditions of all animals, including animals used for consumption and experimentation, where there are enormous legislative gaps.

Furthermore, through the letter, SOS Animals Colombia announced the commitment to help build an animal welfare coalition within Congress to bring more dialogue and knowledge about animal welfare to the institution.

“Campaign promises need to get materialized in greater and better living conditions for animals of all species. They will be making laws to protect them and exercise political control over the government”, said Cecilia Angulo, founder and director of SOS Animals Colombia.    

The letter is available is Spanish here

Animals affected by floods in central Colombia

SOS Animals Colombia calls on the international animal welfare community to help animals in Colombia who are victims of natural disasters by sharing our fundraising campaign and calling on the countries authorities to build a proper prevention and care protocol for animals during emergencies.

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