Costa Rica celebrates first ever animal welfare month

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The country's Ministry of Agriculture, SENASA, and World Horse Welfare partner organisation CREW were among those promoting animal welfare throughout February

- The Costa Rica Equine Welfare (CREW) team 

February saw Costa Rica celebrate its first ever animal welfare month, with World Horse Welfare partner organisations getting involved to promote working equid welfare in an official capacity for the first time.

A new law passed on the 26th July 2017 made Costa Rica one of the first Latin American countries to have an animal welfare law. The law - which stipulates sanctions against anyone who physically hurts an animal, and considers abandonment a form of mistreatment - also requires that government entities - such as the Ministry of Agriculture (SENASA) - have training in various topics of animal welfare including working equids. 

As well as running educational activities to promote the month, World Horse Welfare partner organisation CREW (Costa Rica Equine Welfare) were invited to SENASA to deliver training on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Working Equids Chapter. 

World Horse Welfare International Programme Officer Rebecca Levy said:

"This is the first year SENASA has celebrated animal welfare and it's great that they involved CREW in their celebrations! We're delighted that these organisations are working so closely together; effective partnerships are vital when it comes to improving equine welfare worldwide, so it's fantastic to see that in action in Costa Rica."

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