Cancun March for Animal Rights
Today the Canuck clan and a large contingent of Cancunenses took to the streets to march for the rights of animals in Cancun. The event was spearheaded by the incredible Maria Alicia Salgado, the director of RAP Cancun Animal Rescue in an effort to bring awareness to the plight of the thousands of animals that are neglected and abused in our city. One dog in particular has brought the citizens to their feet after a man in SM 41 was caught on tape repeatedly beating his puppy with a chain. Maria Alicia and RAP have been making every legal effort to rescue this poor animal, a 9 month old Labrador named Camila, and yet no action has been taken by the authorities.
Today's event saw babies and grandmas, rich and poor along with their four legged friends stopping traffic and chanting "Queremos Camila" ("We love Camila"), "Justicia por Camila" ("Justice for Camila"), and repeating the words of our mayor's campaign "Hechos, no palabras" ("Actions, not words") as we marched through the streets of Cancun. The march ended at the Palacio Municipal (City Hall) where Maria Alicia made an impassioned speech about the problems faced by all animals but in particular, Camila. The director of public health of Cancun met the demonstrators and tried to make a speech about "process", but no one wanted excuses, they wanted action to be taken NOW to remove Camila from her horrible situation. We left without hearing a resolution, but with the hope that something will be done sooner rather than later, not only to protect Camila, but all animals that are being mistreated in Cancun. Hopefully I will have some good news to report on this matter this week. As one placard read today "Hold on Camila, we're coming for you".
"No to the mistreatment of animals!"
"Those who do not have a voice"
"Immediate application of the laws"
My thanks goes out to all these wonderful people and their pets
Who would want to harm this adorable creature?