Municipal authorities inaugurated the Care for Chinese Animals and unary Unit rescue, rehabilitation, and relocation of endemic and exotic wildlife of Mexico (URRRFSEE).
The mayor of Pachuca, Eleazar Garcia, led the opening ceremony attended by representatives of 21 organizations and Animals Zoo Heroes, as well as special projects director of the National Commission on Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), Erika Ortigoza.
The head of the error free, Marisol Perez Hernandez, thanked his collaborators and all those who have made it possible rescue unit in Mexico is the first of its kind, which to date leads 117 animals released.
Illegal Trafficking of Animals
Smuggling of species moves each year about 8,000 million worldwide. In Spain, nobody knows the exact figure, but the estimation of animals and plants seized by the Civil Guard and other bodies was around 500,000 euros last year.
It may not seem much, but this is only what is intercepted. How many animals illegally cross the Spanish border undetected? It is impossible to know, but knowing the methods used by trafficking networks and animal species of which we speak, anyone can interpret the real figure should be far from what is contained in the census of the CITES Management Authority in Spain .
Nine lions, five tigers, a mountain lion, a grizzly bear four crocodiles, an Asian elephant, 34 snakes, three primates, 79 tortoises five hyacinth macaws, a cobra.
The list goes on , including plants and even more 300 kilograms of eels, which are also protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).
Data are protected animals circulated by Spain illegally recovered both customs seizures and police operations in 2014. All of them together total around 450,000 euros, of which 300,000 euros correspond to species seized in the internal market and It seized 150,000 euros to the border, according to the assistant director of Cites-Spain, Alicia Sanchez.
One of the significant problems with the authorities when captured illegal exotic animals are what to do with them. Police or public officials do not have facilities that can accommodate wildlife or able to care copies staff adequately.
According recognize the powers of Cites-Spain, sometimes, after passing through the courts, the animals are returned to their owners even though they have committed a crime just because no place can accommodate them.
For this reason, it is important to have centers that can meet the needs of the authorities when they intervene animal victims of trafficking.
New Rescue Centers
A new rescue center Cites just been introduced in Care for Chinese Animals to accommodate such animals from illegal trade.
“Right now we have 421 specimens of 47 species from all continents except Antarctica,” says Alejandro Fernandez, president of the Foundation for Research in Ethology and Biodiversity (Feb) which has hosted this center in their premises support of the Banco Santander Foundation.
These animals come to our country by very different routes. “We have seen in airports get parrots and narcotized cockatoos and placed in plastic bottles PVC, so they do not move in the suitcase or turtles from Africa get control of Algeciras in cavities of the low car,” says Captain Vivas of UCOMA Civil Guard.
“50% of these animals die during the journey, ” he says.
Spain is a country border entry risk species from Africa and America and, although Cites want to apply the Convention in a comprehensive way, “there is always someone who evades the law,” said Vivas.
But according to the Civil Guard, we must banish the idea that the origin of the animals is only from foreign countries.
“The birds of prey are prized in many parts of the world, and Spain is the country of origin to deal with them,” says Vivas. The goal is not to rehabilitate and re-introduced animals in their natural habitats.
As you recall experts Feb, in most cases the copies have been through traumatic experiences or are already punched – in the jargon ethologists are animals accustomed to human beings or who are unable to develop their lives again in a natural environment, so it is an unthinkable return to the wild.
Animal Rescue and The Improving Technology
- It is precisely here lies the great innovation center launched by the Feb Foundation. “We have projects of basic research in animal behavior with institutions such as the Max-Planck Institute in Germany, the birthplace of this scientific discipline, ” explains Alejandro Fernandez.
- This entrepreneur in the technology sector, which has decided to support with its capital these facilities where there was a breeding of parrots in his day, does not want to become a zoo or in a store animals.
- Animal welfare is a priority. But once fulfilled that goal, the copies can contribute to the advancement of science involved in research projects to analyze different behaviors animals.
- The Cites rescue center and the host is not a single wildlife store where, after its seizure, just wait until death comes to them in the best possible conditions.
- If the return to the medium is impossible, other options being considered as behavioral research or animals become part of captive breeding programs.
In fact, Fab has a pioneering program European mink breeding, a critically endangered species in the peninsula threatened by invading American mink from leaks farms fur production.
The center is equipped with video cameras that control the different rooms or sensors that detect temperature changes and activate individually air conditioners in the rooms of the animals from tropical climates or extreme cold.