Costa Rica animal welfare bill gains momentum as horrifying abuse cases circulate

first_imgThe dog was rescued and taken to a veterinarian by someone who saw the dog hanging from the bridge. It is being treated by Rescate Animal staff who performed emergency surgery due to severe neck lacerations. They also are treating the dog for psychological trauma.The group also reported the case of “Caracol,” which also suffered a neck injury afte being tied up permanently with a nylon cord.On Tuesday, the “Cartago Pro-Animal Welfare” group reported the death of a dog from machete wounds. According to a Facebook post, the dog received several injures after defending his owner from a man who entered the woman’s home and attempted to attack her.The dog was taken to a nearby vet, but died hours later. Reports of animal cruelty have made headlines in the first few days of 2015. This month, animal rescue center Zoo Ave received an injured toucan that lost more than 50 percent of its beak when a group of teenagers hit it with a stick  in the Alajuela canton of Grecia.An Indiegogo campaign raised more than $6,000 to fund a prosthetic beak for the bird, reaching its $5,000 goal in less than 48 hours. Graphic designers from Veritas University and  private companies joined the effort to model and print a new beak using 3D printing technology.Another animal welfare group, Rescate Animal, this week reported two dogs in communities in the province of Cartago that suffered severe injuries to their necks after being tied up.The first is “Neck“, a dog whose owner tied him up with a wire and threw him over a bridge in Cervantes, a community east of Cartago. This week, SENASA reported that in 2014 they responded to 1,200 animal abuse complaints in the Greater Metropolitan Area alone.Among those cases, 390 dogs were victims of abuse or neglect, and some were used for fighting.“We are very pleased with the work done in coordination with the Humane Society and the American Stafford Costa Rica Association, as it has allowed us to rescue them from abusive situations and give them a second chance to live,” SENASA Director Allan Sánchez said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Solís tables Animal Welfare Bill in favor of highway construction project Animal abuse reports on the rise New cases of animal abuse spark criticism of President Solís, lawmakers President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Law Recent cases of aggression against animals in Costa Rica have prompted animal rights advocates and everyday citizens to pressure lawmakers to pass an Animal Welfare Bill currently awaiting discussion in the Legislative Assembly.Broad Front Party lawmaker Edgardo Araya Sibaja, who chairs the legislative environmental commission, said Monday that after receiving recommendations from several groups lawmakers finally are ready to send the bill for discussion and a vote as soon as next month.The bill was drafted during the previous administration, but President Luis Guillermo Solís in December included it as a priority for his term.The bill calls for prison sentences of up to six years for those convicted of causing the death, suffering, injury or torture of animals. However, several sectors oppose the proposal, calling its language vague and warning it could lead to the conviction of workers charged with handling animals at their jobs or in recreational activities.“The latest reforms were drafted primarily to avoid criminally punishing several common practices in the handling of farm animals. In this particular case the goal is to sanction acts against farm animals according to regulations of the National Animal Health Service [SENASA]; for all other animals the bill aims at punishing those acts considered as abusive according to veterinary practice,” Araya said.As lawmakers returned from holiday vacation this week, talks began to convince top party legislators to expedite discussion of the bill, which currently sits in the top 10 on the Assembly’s agenda. Araya said that if consensus is reached among top legislators, the bill could be passed in two or three weeks.The main opposition comes from Libertarian Movement Party legislators who are demanding changes to the bill’s original draft to protect the interests of those who work with animals.Other legislators filed motions against provisions of the bill that would ban Costa Rican-style bullfighting, horse parades and other recreational activities that include animals. The ruling Citizen Action Party’s (PAC) Ottón Solís filed two motions; the Broad Front Party’s Ligia Fallas filed one; and a group of National Liberation Party and PAC lawmakers filed four others.The Libertarian Movement Party’s top lawmaker, Otto Guevara, filed 50 of the total 56 motions to amend the bill and is using his Facebook profile to push his agenda. Guevara, however, insists his party does not oppose the bill.“We Libertarians agree with the spirit of the bill to include abuse and neglect of domestic and wild animals as offenses in our Penal Code. But the original draft includes certain livestock activities, which could mean that some practices necessary for farming would be considered crimes,” he wrote.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSix years of double-digit sales growth from the Australian market has seen the establishment of a local arm of Amtrak Vacations by independent travel holiday provider, Yankee Leisure Group (YLG).Revealing the move to the travel trade today, YLG said the Sydney-based operation was a reflection of increasing demand by Aussies for “independent, customised train travel through North America”.YLG offers a portfolio of travel experiences to the most sought-after destinations throughout the world, with its brands including Amtrak Vacations, Yankee Holidays and Railbookers, with spin-offs including VIA Rail Vacations by Railbookers and Eurostar Vacations by Railbookers. Amtrak serves over 31 million passengers a year and operates to 46 of the 48 continuous US states and into Canada.Amtrak Vacations rail network through the USA and Canada“Today’s travellers want a more immersive travel experience; one size no longer fits all. They want the opportunity to find out what life is like onboard the train, explore new destinations and enjoy sightseeing beyond simply the top tourist attractions. You want to come home with stories of your experiences to share with friends and family,” Yankee Leisure Group’s President Frank Marini said in a press release.“We are excited about our new office in Sydney and the opportunity to assist Australian Travel agents and travellers with booking the train holiday of a lifetime to the USA and Canada.”Yankee Leisure Group President, Frank MariniMarini told LATTE that Amtrak Vacations’ local outpost will be run by a team of seven, focused on B2B and B2C  relationships, with all staff having previous industry experience in Australia.Popular itineraries from this region include the Great American, Grand National Parks with Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon and California Dreamin’.“We have a number of top itineraries we see the Australian market purchasing, but everything and anything can be customised to fit the travellers’ needs,” he explained.Amtrak Roomette in the RockiesAmtrak offers a First Class seating product on its Acela Express product which operates in the US Northeast Corridor, between Boston and Washington DC. In First Class, passengers enjoy premium amenities, complimentary onboard food and beverage services and receive privileged access to Club Acela Lounges in Boston South Station, New York Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station and Washington, DC Union Station.The benefit for passengers taking a train over air services include the convenience of city-centre start and ending points, as is the case on the New York to Boston Amtrak service. “The 3.5-hour-journey-time New York Penn Station to South Station Boston eliminates the need to drive to an airport, check-in formalities, waiting for a flight to board, fly, and luggage collection at the other end,” Marini said.Yankee Leisure Group’s boss told LATTE the business acquired Railbookers 2.5 years ago, “as there were customers on the YLG-Amtrak Vacations brand. During that time we brought in professional management and our reservation/operating system, and have re-launched here in Australia with a new local office under YLG brands.”Marini said the company has witnessed “unprecedented growth” from Australia, telling LATTE  that sales have been rising 20% year-on-year since 2012, and are up 30% already in 2018.“The demand for rail travel continues, as rail travel can be anything an agent or customer wants it to be. From city-to-city service and sightseeing, to pre/post cruise itineraries, a true overnight rail experience offers breathtaking sightseeing along the way … our growth comes from the fact that we appeal to all customers, and the journey begins when you get on board.”Agents can also have confidence selling Amtrak Vacations, with the US-based company now a member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) and AFTA. It also has arrangements in place with a number of preferred travel consortia here and is “looking to incorporate more,” Marini said.The head of the Australian arm of Amtrak Vacations is expected to be announced in coming weeks.To kick off this exciting launch, Amtrak Vacations is offering special discounts on sleeping accommodation options including $300 off per couple for Roomette upgrades* and $400 off per couple for Bedroom upgrades* on any 2019 travels during its early-bird sale, valid for bookings to 31 October 2018. The Roomette category offers shared bathroom facilities, and Bedroom category offers in-room bathroom facilities. Both categories include all meals for the duration on board the train.Visit or for rail holiday ideas and options and phone 1300 650 257 for rail holiday bookings.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more