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Bolivia Bans Military Abuse of Animals (Historic Victory!)

Written by PETA | April 1, 2009

After less than a month of PETA campaigning, the Bolivian minister of defense went on that country’s national television to announce an historic ban on all animal abuse in military training exercises, stating that the Bolivian government is issuing Resolution 217 to prohibit all acts of violence, exploitation, and mistreatment that provokes the death of animals. Not only has Bolivia beaten the U.S. military to the punch, this ban is also Bolivia’s first military animal protection regulation ever.

This news comes as a direct result of PETA’s and PETA Germany’s campaigns, which were launched after horrific video footage was uncovered showing the Bolivian military’s mutilation and killing of dogs in combat-training exercises. More than 20,000 supporters joined in the effort, including a leading Bolivian congresswoman, Ximena Flores Castro, who talked with PETA and then met with the defense minister in order to get the resolution on the books.

Resolution 217 puts an end to military training exercises in which dogs were mercilessly stabbed to death as they screamed in pain. Not one more animal—dog or otherwise—will have to suffer such a miserable fate at the hands of the Bolivian military. The resolution also includes sanctions for those who violate the regulation.

This is a giant step in the right direction for Bolivia, and we hope to continue working closely with government officials to enact more animal protection laws.

Everyone who spoke out against this cruelty deserves a big pat on the back! Let’s keep up the momentum and urge the U.S. military to follow Bolivia’s compassionate lead.


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Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • Mona Tehrani says:

    Thank you peta for allowing us to help animals. Cheers to all animals.

  • Ericka says:

    PRAISE GOD!!! Thank you PETA!!! Supporting you ALL the way!! THANK you Bolvia for making a change!!!!

  • JIll says:

    thank you PETA!

  • Matt Jorgensen says:

    YA! Go PETA!

  • Crystal says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy that your message was received loud and clear. Big hugs. Thanks for all you do. Everyone at Peta rocks! Keep up the great work.

  • Amy says:

    YES! When enough people stand up against evil and injustice good things happen!

  • Jack Daniels says:

    I sent an email to Bolivia and to my friends asking them also send email. It’s so good to feel we CAN make a difference Thank you PETA from the bottom of my heart Jack Daniels Toronto Canada

  • Maria Love says:

    I am so happy that I am crying.My heart still goes to those poor dogs but we will see them at Rainbow Bride.

  • Lisa says:

    i was so sad when first i read about this!!!! now im so happy what a great victory this is awesome no more dogs will be tortured thanks PETA!!!! more countries should be like peru!!!

  • Ciara says:

    YES! I am super duper thrilled! I was sick and sad to know that they were killing dogs but now I’m half OK. At least now all we’ve gotta deal with is the stupid flippin US!

  • Kathleen Conner says:

    Thank you thankyou thankyou PETA for providing a voice and help for our fellow Earth coinhabitants who don’t have the ability to speak our language about the torture which they face or for the gratitude which they feel due to your hard work and member’s generous support!Let’s keep it up we can’t let them down!

  • M.A. says:

    yay!! Big step for Bolivia. Good to know that they care!! My opinion has changed. Videos has helped many innocent victims!! Lets keep up the good work.

  • Rachel says:

    Thank you to both Peta and the Bolivian military! You’ve done a great thing for these animals and will hopefully inspire others to do the same!

  • SLC says:

    YES! We made a difference…hooray!

  • roxanne says:

    I hate all those other animal rights group that talk bad about peta. PETA rules and does a lot for the animals. PETA is the best and I am proud to be a PETA member!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I buying more shirts with peta logos and will wear it in all the other demos

  • Jinx says:

    That video nearly brought me to tears!!!! I am so happy that our efforts have made a real difference and that Bolivia is making changes in the way they treat their animals!!!!! Thank you PETA!

  • Sarah says:

    God bless

  • Carley Pysher says:

    OMG!!!! YAY!! That’s awesome! Go PETA! We could have never done this without you!!

  • Simon says:

    Certainly a disgusting practise and something one would expect to have been abolished centuries ago… I’m amazed and distressed that the US army still hasn’t outlawed this obviously inhuman barbaric and useless practise! Heartfelt congratulations to PETA and to everyone supporting PETA!!

  • Monica says:

    very well PETA and Bolivian people!!! good job congratulations for all!! I’m very happy . Thanks for give us this wonderful news

  • Cordelia says:

    I’m happy to read this news but I’m not sure if this is not only for good publicity and secretely Bolivia will continue to slaughter dogs mercilessly. Remember that Bolivia has a festival where they eat cats.

  • Sofia says:

    Thanks Peta!! This is an amazing news for me!!

  • Amy Oliver says:

    That is absolutly disgusting and unnecessary! Way to go Peta!! Keep up the awesome work! Amy

  • Old Spiderwoman says:

    This is a great victory for both PETA and Bolivia and another proof that it’s worth to be a proud Peta member!!!!!!!!!

  • Lindsay says:

    I just finished watching the video posted on this page and am SO happy that poor helpless animals will no longer be going through the brutal torture and pain. The acts which were done to those poor dogs were outrageous. I am so mad and upset that this went on there and still goes on in many other country’s. It’s a sicksick practise that needs to be stopped. There ARE other ways for the military. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK PETA. You have my full support

  • Bobby says:

    Amazing!!! Good news seems to be few and far between but hearing this makes me freakin smile…Let’s keep it up…

  • Miliana says:

    congrats! … I dont know how evil can people be to do something like that .. it’s so sad that people have so much hate inside them …

  • Vijay says:

    Phew! Thank you Bolivia and PETA for organizing this… Like many others I have had nightmares after seeing this video.

  • Heather says:

    This is FANTASTIC news…I am thankful for PETA everyone who signed the petitions for Ximena Flores Castro and the Bolivian minister of defense!! This is an excellent example of compassion and actions on behalf of animals and must be shared with the US Military to prompt them to do the same NOW!!!

  • anne hoesch says:

    wow this is amazing well done peta!!! however i have to say i had absolutely no idea that the military abused animals this way at all!!!! and i quess most people didnt know this….what a sick world we live in sometimes…shame on them.

  • Jola Cora says:

    I am SOOOOO relieved and happy to tears!!!!!!!!!

  • Tammy says:

    OMG!!!! I couldn’t even watch all of it how awful! If somebody touched my dogs like that I woul hurt them BADDDD!!!! Way to go Peta

  • Canaduck says:

    Wow way to go Bolivia! And PETA!

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  • Michelle says:

    Its wonderful when our voices are heard!

  • Line says:

    Thank you PETA. Those soldiers should suffer same faith!

  • Roxy says:

    Thank god peta stepped in on this situation! Ya’ll are really doing great things!! Keep up the fantastic work in saving animals!

  • melissa says:

    Thanks a million Peta for doing such a great work.

  • zoe says:

    just shows you can make a difference well done peta

  • nicoel says:

    glad for the victory i wish that those men that did this were arrested though !!!!! poor dogs



  • arjan wilten says:

    Thanks a millionI haven’t slept for a week after seeing the video . This is the best news ever!!!!

  • Gloria says:

    Thanks to the thousands of people who wrote. We can do it our voice is their voice. Thanks PETA.

  • Kathy says:

    training for what??? are the enemies animals??? NO! its human let human be stab not animals

  • Artur says:

    This is an outstanding victory! I hope US army will follow this decision too.

  • yemile says:

    OMG!!!!! thanks PETA!!!!!!

  • Anna says:

    Thank you PETA! This is such a wonderful victory that will take a heavy load off my heart.

  • Laura says:

    This is awesome! No animal should die at the hands of a human.

  • Amber says:

    Congratulations and a tremendous THANKS to PETA! What an amazing victory!

  • Dana says:

    YES! I’m SO HAPPY! The video had me in tears when I saw it and I made sure I forwarded to everyone I knew. Thanks Peta!