Regardless of laws against animal abuse in México, data accumulated by the state Health Institute show that some 5 million dogs have been abandoned to live in the streets. It is no news that the animals of the streets in Mexico are desperate, suffering, and actually starving to death. In Manzanillo, a city in Colima, more than 16,000 dogs and cats live on the streets. These animals, shrouded in mange, are inflicted with various preventable diseases that they hadn’t been vaccinated against nor would ever be treated for. Hundreds of homeless canines and felines scavenge the streets, trying to survive. There are injured animals, limping while searching for food. Packs of puppies and kittens roam with their emaciated mothers sniffing the ground for food.
There are reports of street dogs in Mexico being tormented by children, hurled overboard when they sneak onto a boat looking for food scraps or simply killed for sport. Their fate in animal local control centers throughout the nation is also very bleak. Large groups of dogs are kept in terrible conditions in jammed pens. The animals are for the most part unsanitary, frightened, and without food. Sick and injured animals mixed with healthy ones. Dead dogs are left in there with live ones. There are convulsing animals among decaying corpses in the aisles. These animals are essentially being warehoused till they could be brutally and agonizingly killed by means of the generally practiced techniques of electrocution or with barbiturates.
Mexico City authorities report that they catch and kill an about 20,000 dogs each month in their city alone. It is horrendous. More regrettable is the potential dangers to the health of the human populace due to the methods for discarding the carcasses. Because regions lack adequate infrastructure to address the issue, between 10,000 to 15,000 dead creatures wind up illegal dumping grounds or landfills.
Help for the Animals of the Streets in Mexico
Just as in other urban cities around the globe, the sale of animals from retail pet shops has become very popular in Mexico City. Many parents procure animals as ‘toys’ for kids, without thinking of the implications of healthy development, aging and emotional needs of the animals. These animals end up in the streets after being dumped for health reasons or simply because they stopped being little, fluffy and cute. This is viewed as irresponsibility on the part of the pet industry since individuals don’t consider the torment these animals endure when they are abandoned.
Population control efforts are ongoing. Animal rights activists recommend sterilization and encouraging responsible ownership are the most efficient and sustainable actions that can be taken to address the situation. Some extremely realistic protests have been organized to point out the issue of abandoned animals on the streets of Mexico, with activists spending the day confined in a cage to further demonstrate the suffering of these animals.
They aim to teach individuals about the dangers abandoned pets face such as starvation, diseases, and human cruelty. They also educate pet owners how rapidly animals reproduce if they are not spayed or neutered and emphasize the adoption of cats and dogs from shelters. Free spaying campaigns are progressing and responsible ownership is being promoted among the public. People are also urged to adopt destitute pets instead of buying one from a pet store.