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Mexican Congress Approves Changing Constitution to Protect Animals

Due to the lack of legal protections for animals like cows, pigs and chickens, authorities routinely overlook the abuse in factory farms. By altering Article 73 of the Federal Constitution, Congress would have the power to create animal welfare laws that would supersede state and local regulations.
April 6, 2023 Updated: August 20, 2023
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On March 30, 2023, the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress of Mexico approved Animal Equality’s initiative to change the Federal Constitution with an absolute majority of 482 votes. If the Senate approves the initiative, it will grant Congress the authority to issue and uphold animal protection policies throughout the country.

Dip. Fausto Gallardo, during the discussion of the reform

Animal Equality’s Campaign to Modify Article 73

In December of 2022, Animal Equality, with Federal Deputy Fausto Gallardo García of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico, presented legislation to modify Article 73 of the Mexican Constitution.

On January 25th, 2023, the initiative was approved by the Constitutional Points Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and awaited the final steps in the Plenary of the Chamber.

On March 14th, 2023, efforts to include animals in the Mexican Constitution reached a significant milestone when Animal Equality’s team presented 100,000 petition signatures in Mexico’s Congress of the Union. This effort was part of Animal Equality’s broader campaign to secure constitutional recognition for animals in Mexico.

Finally, on March 30, 2023, the Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies approved the initiative to modify Article 73 with 482 votes in favor, zero votes against, and one abstention. This ruling is the first crucial step toward creating a General Law on Animal Welfare in Mexico. 

This success change represents the effort and dedication of each one of the people who in their day to day recognizes that animals must be respected and protected, and it represents all those people who have stopped being indifferent and have helped an animal who is suffering.

Dulce Ramírez
Vice President of Animal Equality for Latin America

How Will Changing the Mexican Constitution Benefit Animals in Factory Farms?

During investigations into slaughterhouses and farms, Animal Equality’s teams documented animals being hanged by their hind legs as they bled to death, conscious pigs being dropped into scalding hot water, pigs being beaten with axes, a lamb’s head ripped from its body while conscious, the electrocution of animals, and the presence of underage workers in slaughterhouses. 

Mexico lacks a comprehensive Animal Welfare Law that extends to all animals. This reform is the first step to creating one.

cow looking at the camera with a slaughterhouse worker pointing a gun at the cow's head

Evidence from these investigations helped promote the passing of this initiative in the Chamber of Deputies.

This is undoubtedly progress in favor of animals, which will lay the foundations and be an example for the entire country. This reform to the [Constitution] supports the idea that animals are sentient beings and we have obligations towards them.

Dulce Ramírez
Animal Equality’s Vice President of Latin America

You Can Be the Voice Animals So Greatly Deserve!

Animal Equality is dedicated to ending abuse towards animals and creating a world in which all animals are respected and protected. As a global community, we fight to hold meat and dairy industries accountable for animal cruelty. As crucial as legal protections for animals are, this is just one step towards reducing part of the immense suffering while we work to eliminate their exploitation. Help us End Factory Farming for good. 

Please join us in this fight by signing our End Factory Farming petition today:

You can help animals by choosing plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs. By following a plant-based diet, you denounce the suffering of animals every day. Make a world of difference for animals every day.

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