Animal welfare and rights in Argentina

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Animal welfare and rights in Argentina is about laws concerning and treatment of non-human animals in Argentina. Argentina has weak protections for animals by international standards.[1]


Argentina's Law 14246 (1954) prohibits cruelty toward animals. This does not include harm caused by failure to act, and it is not clear which animals the law applies to.[1]

Regarding farm animals in particular, Argentina also has legislation on animal slaughter and livestock transportation. There are also a legislative framework on farm animal health, which provides for the creation of an Animal Health Police force, and policy literature on good practice.[1]

Law 14346 prohibits animal testing without qualified experimenters, demonstrable scientific interest, or the urgent need to undertake procedures on animals, and negligent conduct such as abandonment. Animals on a "superior evolutionary scale" are not to be used when using animals will yield the desired outcome.[1]

In 2014, Argentina received a D out of possible grades A,B,C,D,E,F,G on World Animal Protection's Animal Protection Index.[1]

Animals used for food[edit]

Between 2003 and 2012, Argentina's poultry production tripled and per capita consumption doubled. In 2012 Argentina was the ninth-largest poultry producer in the world and projected to become the fourth-largest in coming years.[2]

Argentina is projected to have a cattle inventory of 53.2 million animals in 2016, the highest level since 2008 when herds fell dramatically due to low returns and severe drought.[3]

Argentinian pork production rose by 40% from 2001 to 2011, when it had a swine herd of nearly 3.5 million head.[4]

De-beaking, de-toeing, tail-docking, tooth pulling, castration, and dehorning of livestock without anaesthetic are legal in Argentina, as is confinement in veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages.[1]

Animals used in research[edit]

In June 2015, a bill to prohibit testing cosmetics on animals was introduced to the Argentine Senate.[5]

Animal personhood[edit]

In 2014 an Argentine appeals court recognized the basic legal rights of an orangutan named Sandra who was born in a zoo. An advocacy group filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on Sandra's behalf, resulting in the court's declaration that the animal is a "non-human person".[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f World Animal Protection (November 2, 2014). "Argentina". Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  2. ^ MercoPress (August 2, 2012). "Argentina on track to become world's fourth largest producer of poultry meat". Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Kenneth Joseph (September 14, 2015). "Argentina Livestock and Products Annual 2015" (PDF). Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  4. ^ Luciana Martins (June 10, 2013). "Argentinian swine industry looking for ways to grow". Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Monica Engebretson (August 28, 2015). "Argentina and Russia Take Cruelty Free Step". Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Bill Chappell (December 23, 2014). "Orangutan Declared To Have Basic Legal Rights In Argentina". Retrieved July 25, 2016.