Marina del Pilar fights animal abuse in Baja California

Recently, the governor forbade the use of animals as transport systems in the state

Marina del Pilar Ávila Olmeda, the governor of Baja California, alongside the 24th Municipal Administration of Ensenada, announced the ban on transportation pulled by animals for tourism in order to rescue horses used for this method of transport known as "calandrias" and modernize this system at the port.

During the 111th edition of "Wednesday Morning Press Conference with Marina del Pilar", the state governor said that horses rescued from this touristic transport system will be moved to a temporary safe shelter, guaranteeing their wellbeing at all times.

"It is clear that tourism doesn't mean abusing animals in any way," she said.

Marina del Pilar stated that, in their place, and in close dialogue with providers of touristic services, they will analyze alternatives to move tourists without harming the environment or animals.

"It is a traditional transport system and we won't let it die, however, there are other ways of offering this iconic service by making it more modern and without harming horses," she said.

For his part, the Secretary of the Interior, Alfredo Álvarez Cárdenas, stated that the Sustainability Mobility and Transportation Law and the Protection of Domestic Animals Law will be reformed. With this action, they are looking to give a 30-day deadline so that people involved stop using animals for pushing or pulling transportation vehicles.

Álvarez Cárdenas stated that what they are looking for is to establish dialogue with people who provide these services in Ensenada to find alternatives that don't affect the environment. They are even thinking about using electric alternatives so as to safeguard these people's jobs.

The head of the Secretariat of the Interior of Baja California (SGG) underscored that there are multiple alternatives that can be explored which include environmentally friendly vehicles that improve Ensenada's image, a tourism destination that has become one of people's favorites nationwide.

During his speech, the judicial council of Baja California, Juan José Pon Méndez, announced that next week he will introduce a bill to the state congress whose goal is to reform two laws: a mobility law and an animal protection law.

Pon Méndez reaffirmed that the key goal is to put order and modernize tourism transportation in Ensenada, without it losing the essence that makes it attractive for people who visit this port.

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