Some uninformed people may ask themselves “why is there a need for an Animal
Protection Law in Bolivia?”. So that such people may be better informed, following are
10 reasons why.
1. The “Ponchos Rojos” (Red Ponchos)
In a cruel act, in the best Middle East terrorist style, the “Ponchos Rojos” (Bolivian
native indian, once long-time oppositionists, now “in power”), beheaded two dogs in a
televised show of daring, the dogs bodies’ dangling by ropes, their heads on the ground.
As cruel and hair-raising was how this show of terrorism was qualified, presented at a
prime-time TV news cast, brought forth by the “Ponchos Rojos”, radical field workers,
supporters of President Evo Morales, all the while shouting “this is what we will do to
our political opponents”, as they severed off the dogs’ heads.
2. Slaughterhouse Workers
From the trend set by the Ponchos Rojos (see above), political protest in Bolivia is taking
up the formula "Torture and Slaughter an Animal in Public" to get attention.
The Quillacollo slaughterhouse workers needed (and probably were right in demanding it),
a new and modern slaughterhouse, for the meat industry of the region, but the Alcalde (Mayor)
was taking his own sweet time. Solution found? Take a bull into the Plaza of the Consejo
Municipal, torture it and stab knives into it, untill death.
The ground in the Plaza was a pool o blood. Young children were watching. Young
men were laughing. It seems to be quite an entertainment for many, not for the bull, and not
Nothing will happen to the killers. Everyone is just relieved they won't carry out the threat of
killing one bull everyday, untill their demands are met - their demands have been met.
What took you so long, Mr. Mayor? Why did it take a needless public animal torture display,
to meet reasonable demands from unreasonable people?
3. The military
It is current practice in the Bolivian army, military training with resort to live animals
disembowelling and brutal killing, with the purpose to “teach how to kill”.
On last April 1st, the Bolivian Government prohibited such acts of abuse and sacrificing
of animals in military training, in a Decree by the Defence Minister, according to the
local media. The Minister of Defence, Mr. Walker San Miguel, was quoted by the La
Prensa newspaper as saying this resolution “forbids any act of violence, exploitation and
abuse that lead to the death of animals” in military training. It is unknown whether these
acts continue in spite of the prohibition, and it is unclear if the inference from Mr.
Walker’s words can be made, that acts of violence, exploitation and abuse that DO
NOT lead to the death of animals, will still be permitted.
(YouTube has rejected these video clips, we wonder why...DO NOT WATCH if you are sensitive)
Sub-Lieutenant kills and disembowels dog:
Crocodile disembowelled and skinned alive:
SAR-FAB Volunteers (Bolivian Air-Force)
4. ZOONOSIS – Township kennels
In the township kennel of Cochabamba, dogs are abandoned during week-ends and
holidays, without water or food, in damp and cold kennels; the ZOONOSIS
“veterinarians” kill the captured dogs, even when their owners did not abandon them.
One woman saw her daughter’s two pet dogs being captured, only one of them turned
up. ZOONOSIS Chief practiced “experiments” cutting off the tail and ears of the Guard
Dog (an adult “criollo” breed); this practice is strictly forbidden in many countries, in
Bolivia it is common practice on one month old breed pups, yet this “veterinarian” did it
to an adult dog, leaving him without food, water or medical care for a whole week-end.
When confronted with what he had done to the dog, he replied “It’s my dog, I can do
whatever I want with it!”
Mercy killing is not carried out, many dogs don’t even make it to the kennel, they die
inside the kennel van or at hidden, out-of-the-way places.
The local township authorities have full knowledge of all these facts, specially the
4a. Zoonosis and SEDES – anti-rabies vaccines
Over 3,000 anti-rabies vaccines were burnt at Cochabamba’s Solomon Klein Hospital:
who is responsible? SEDES (government health services)? ZOONOSIS (township
kennels and animal disease control)? Why wasn’t this investigated and all was
forgotten? Why must the animals pay for the corruption? Right afterwards the
ZOONOSIS “veterinarians” started killing hundreds of dogs in Cochabamba, helping
SEDES to cover-up the vaccines disaster. Furthermore, ZOONOSIS does not carry out
proper focus control whenever there is a suspected rabies case, as described in the report
made by Qanasa Animales (animal protection association), after having witnessed the
methods used. [http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddt7m49x_225fbxkpcfp]
5. Chosen method of mass killing: strychnine
All species of animals are poisoned with strychnine, thus creating a death chain with
danger to public health and damage to the environment – this is happening in Sucre,
Potosí, Oruro, Cochabamba, Las Minas and other departments.
In Sucre not even pasture animals are saved: they are eliminated by order of the
township authorities, who claim these animals give “a bad look” to the fields.
6. Carnivals and Religious Festivities
During carnivals and religious festivities hundreds of wild animals (including
endangered species) are sacrificed for clothing apparel and decoration, renewed each
In the street markets of Bolivian cities, the sale of animals in deplorable conditions is
In “La Pampa de Cochabamba” a Sunday street market near the football field, as well as
everyday in the city’s avenues and streets, wild and housebroken animals are bought
and sold, in indescribable conditions, with full fledged permission of the authorities.
when they become a nuisance or are no longer considered pretty.
9. Victims of cruelty
The following are a few examples of atrocities committed daily:
Dog beaten by owner:
Dog thrashed by owner:
Dog burnt alive:
Dogs tortured by their owner:
Eye-less Pekinese pup, abandoned in streets:
There are many more examples of tortured, maimed, thrashed and mutilated dogs, or
left to rot to death, with maggotted open wounds in the street corners of Bolivian cities.
All you need to do, to witness this, is to visit Bolivia.
The case of the crucified dog – by whom? what for? – is illustrative of the malefactor’s
cheekiness, who seems to make fun saying “here in Bolivia we do whatever we want to
animals, because we can, and because their lives are worthless!”
Finally, we believe that an Animal Protection Law would help change the mentality of
citizens, whereby, if in any street of any city of Bolivia, a dog gets run over by a car,
chances are the driver will stop, not to help the animal, but to further beat him to death,
for such cheekiness, and then go on as if nothing has happened.
Abusers, rapists, torturers and general ill-treaters, just go about their lives without
thinking twice about their deeds, and those who feel this is morally wrong and should
be illegal, feel absolutely powerless to do anything about it.
We want all this to stop. But if there’s no Law that forbids and punishes, it won’t stop.
It will continue, on a daily basis and with more serious consequences, because, as every
lawman knows, without a law, it isn’t a crime – even if it is a crime against the Law of
Life and Nature.
Please help this cause, by publishing these exposés – and
signing and urging to sign the petition!
In the name of the Voiceless,
(Please choose one of the sites to sign, don’t sign on both.)