Urge Belize Government to Cease and Outlaw Violent Animal Poisonings
The proposed mass eradication - using strychnine-baited chicken meat—of stray animals in the Belmopan area by the Belmopan government is set to begin on August. Strychnine poisoning is a notoriously cruel and violent method of killing
Strychnine poisoning is a notoriously cruel and violent method of killing. It induces immediate uneasiness, restlessness, anxiety, muscle twitching, and rigidity of the neck, followed by convulsions characterized by sudden muscle contractions. The animal becomes hypersensitive, and the slightest noise or touch can trigger convulsions. Animals who are poisoned with strychnine suffer severe pain before dying.
According to the 2000 Report of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Panel on Euthanasia—the veterinary medical authority on euthanasia—strychnine is an unacceptable agent of euthanasia for animals because it "causes violent convulsions and painful muscle contractions."
Please contact Mayor of Belmopan Simeon Lopez and politely urge him to help repeal Chapter 153, section 18, of the Laws of Belize, which allows for the cruel poisoning of dogs with strychnine.
The Honorable Simeon Lopez
Mayor of Belmopan
P.O. Box 75
Please also contact the prime minister of Belize and politely urge him to repeal Chapter 153, section 18, of the Laws of Belize.
His Excellency Said Musa
Prime Minister of Belize
Office of the Prime Minister
New Administration Building, 3rd Fl.