Thanks to the Internet, traffickers remain anonymous, which allows them to physically evade any complaints or reports by deleting your profile, an action that only takes a few seconds. But it is not only that, but “Profepa [Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente]does not accept complaints in relation to the trafficking of wild species if the physical location of the accused or the point of sale is not provided,” Pineda denounced.
Cubs of tigers, lions, spider monkeys, macaws, toucans, parrots, hawks, reptiles, wild boars among other wildlife and in danger of extinction are marketed on the Internet because, even when some sites prohibit their sale, traffickers create profiles to sell them and their worst punishment is to close the account. Although the Mexican authorities have legal faults, is not the only country where users offer animals on digital platformsbecause in Argentina and the United States, among others, something similar happens.
Something similar happens with perros, cats and ferrets and other species They are usually acquired as pets. Although they are not in danger of extinction or are kidnapped from their ecosystems, they are. they suffer because of the demand and lack of empathy of the people.
“They are sold without any medical protocol essential such as medical check-up, deworming and vaccination. So the sellers by saving medical expenses, the cost of the animal is significantly reduced and therefore its sale becomes attractive and massivePineda explained.
“If to the above we add the existence of irresponsible landlords who mistreat or abandon to their animals, the absence of a culture of adopting dogs and cats, and the lack of application of the existing laws on animal protection in this country, we detect that these animals are left totally defenseless”, he added.
According to complaints the GPDA has received in recent years, the majority of animals sold online are shipped to buyers. dehydrated, sick and it is very common for them to die within a few days to be acquired. In addition, it violates Animal Health Law that prohibits the transportation of sick animals.
Similar to the case of wild animals, where their origin is unknown, domestic pets “generally come from severely exploited, malnourished, decalcified and sick mothers”.
How to end this “other” digitized animal cruelty
Pineda pointed out that the online sale of animals can be regulated, however, the authorities need to put their finger on the line and enact laws that punish the aggressors and on the other hand, “it is necessary stop seeing non-human animals as merchandiseThey are living beings subject to rights and they must be respected”. That is, the conjunction of these three fundamental aspects is made to the “Five Freedoms” of animals is asserted.
The activist Michelle Cueto recalled that if domestic animals, despite having various regulations in their favor, are exploited for human benefit, other animals suffer from many more deficiencies and recognition, being seen as things and not living beings that suffer and feel.
“There is no difference (between domestic and wild animals) because in the end the same act is committed. Make profit, exploit and do other types of activities towards animals to obtain money”. In this way, it coincided that there are still more laws decreed by the government authorities and that regardless of this, people become aware that they are living beings before anything else.
For her part, Norma Huerta said that “we would have to make citizens very aware, in order to avoid the purchase of animals. Just as we suddenly call for demonstrations in circuses or call for people to stop going to bullfights, so we should call for people not to buy them and adopt”.
As a rescuer of domestic animals, he assured that mongrel dogs and cats are just as loving and valuable as purebreds, so he called on people stop looking for animals to be given status and adopt.
Although the fight is long for tough laws against the sale of domestic and wild animals on the Internet, animal activists agree that there must also be a work in society to become aware that animals deserve to be respected and treated like the living beings they are.