Deputies criminalize cattle smuggling with up to 12 years in prison

The crime of cattle traffic Anyone who carries out this activity in national territory or who brings in animals from abroad will be penalized with up to 12 years in prison and a fine of 2,000 UMAs (Units of Measurement and Updating), which generates certainty for the Mexican livestock sector and reduces the risk Sanitary for human consumption.

After being approved by the Chamber of Deputiesthe National Confederation of Livestock Organizations (CNOG), applauded the Federal Animal Health Lawsince cattle smuggling endangers domestic consumption, exports, the development of the livestock sector, and above all, the health of consumers.

“Livestock trafficking creates a danger for the health and safety of the products that reach the tables of Mexicans,” warned the president of the CNOG, Oswaldo Cházaro Montalvo.

According to the deputy of Parliamentary Group of Morena, Olga Juliana Elizondo, who promoted this initiative, livestock “generates an export value of 3,537 million dollars a year.” This positions Mexico as the seventh largest producer of animal protein in the world.

To maintain the strength of this sector, it is a priority to guarantee traceability in all the links of the bovine product system”, considered the legislator.

The livestock sector has been facing the problem of cattle smuggling for more than 30 years, and according to the National Service of Health and Food Safety and QualityBetween 800,000 and 1 million head of cattle enter the country illegally each year.

However, Cházaro Montalvo described as correct the reform that allows raising penalties for animal trafficking, “to those who enter the national territory animals, goods of animal origin, as well as products for animal use or consumption and by any means evade an inspection point in animal health matters and endangered or put at risk the animal health situation of the country by failing to comply with the respective regulatory nature”, up to 12 years in prison is imposed.

The president of the Livestock Commission in San LázaroMaría del Refugio Camarena Jáuregui, explained that these measures are aimed at combating and preventing the trafficking of livestock species, offering certainty to producers and avoiding damage to economic and health stability and food sovereignty.

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