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SAN BERNABÉ MARKET: EXTREME CRUELTY AGAINST ANIMALS AND LOW SANITARY CONDITIONS IN MEXICO.
The market called San Bernabé is located in Almoloya de Juárez, State of México; at this place the main merchandise are mules, donkeys and horses, which are in extreme terrible state and with a total lack of health regulations, thus violating consistently and permanently both: the laws against animal cruelty and sanitary conditions.
Authorities, while having total law enforcement faculties, and all the proof required to permanently close the place (via images in different media), have done nothing about it.
The animals for sale, in its majority, are visible sick; they are transported under deplorable and sadistical ways, without any care even for those showing exposed fractures, bleeding or with visible wounds. When they cannot hold on foot, they are hung with ropes to pretend they are still strong enough. They totally lack medical attention, as well as water and food. In case they die before getting to the place where they are normally sacrificed, their entrails are thrown away right on the floor. They are called throw-away (or disposable) animals; they are kept with life up to the last possible moment, while in a slow and lasting agony, because every pound of living meat costs twice as much as the pound of dead meat.
Mistreatment of Horses at San Bernabe Mexico Slaughter Auction
SAN BERNABE MARKET, MEXICO
(Courtesy of Valerie Azar)
SAN BERNABE IS THE LARGEST ILLEGAL UNREGULATED LIVESTOCK MARKET IN MEXICO. It makes a mockery of humanity and is one of the most shameful examples of animal brutality and ill health in Mexico. The San Bernabe market has existed for over 60 years. Origin of horses at the San Bernabe market – Estado de Mexico, Chihuahua, Michoacan and the United States.
It is located at the 22.5 km northeast of the city of Toluca, on the Toluca-Atlacomulco road which belongs to the Municipality of Almoloya de Juárez, and in turn the Mayorazgo community of Leon, Estado de Mexico.
The institutions and authorities, federal and local governments, have full powers of inspection and surveillance, and therefore have the capacity to solve the problem, but remain passive and sluggish. The market is a place for animal trafficking, extreme dirt and dismal sanitary conditions, and tremendous cruelty to the animals being sold. The San Bernabe footage and photos have appeared on many news reports and national TV, so the authorities cannot feign ignorance.
Seen for sale on site are donkeys, horses, mules, dogs and wildlife, whose origins are uncertain and many are visibly sick, arrive and depart transported in sadistic and deplorable conditions with exposed fractures, bleeding open wounds and ulcers. Others are hung with ropes, when they no longer have the strength to stand upright. These suffering “animal waste” are kept alive just because a kilo of live meat costs twice that of a dead one. If an animal finally ends its agony and dies it is cut open right there and its vescera is extracted and thrown on the ground in the middle of the market.
There is no animal health control. Animals are sold directly for two purposes either privately as live animals (for work or food) or to a slaughterhouse (called the “rastro”). Obviously, the sale of live animals is done in less cruel way than that of animals that are sold to the rastro, since the horses going to the slaughterhouse are considered waste and therefore are treated in a very brutal manner, they are kicked, poked with electric barbs that are prohibited for horses. Bats and pipes are used to hit animals, they are tied with ropes. Animals suffer fractures or they fall dead, others arrive with broken limbs because the owners want to get some extra money by selling them and the animals are forced to walk down to the transport truck in these conditions. In the best case, the animals are transported sick, infected with tumors or open wounds, and later sold to the highest bidder. At worst, their corpses are left on the ground without being buried, with animal viscera strewn about in violation of standard NOM-024-ZOO-1995.
Water troughs often don’t contain water, the pens are underutilized – some are overcrowded, others are empty. There is a shed that was scheduled to install a sacrifice room for broken or injured animals that cannot continue the trip. It is important to mention that it is a living sacrifice room and not a slaughterhouse, and has created problems of assessment with the authorities i.e. the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) because they do not accept the installation of a slaughterhouse, in the absence of the necessary infrastructure to do so.
Another problem is the presence of federal local police who sometimes, instead of asking for documentation and health guidance, ask for a financial share to allow access to trucks. Recently, it has become known that there is a dispute between groups to control the market of San Bernabe. Meanwhile, there is total anarchy in violation of animal protection laws, the state and official rules for the transportation of animals, and livestock markets.
Over the years, people of recognized knowledge, experts and advocacy groups for animal rights have talked with local, state and federal agencies, seeking to bring order to the problems of the San Bernabe market. However, the sanitary conditions and the treatment of the animals have not improved. Often laws and rules are not enforced, either because the authorities are unaware of their existence, or they simply ignore them. The Health Ministry has taken up the matter even though there are no laws in place of hygiene and public health. There are dead animals and scattered viscera in the trucks, along with live horses, since they are gutted and the carcasses are transported together with the live animals to the slaughterhouse. No water is available. There is no animal inspection by the SAGARPA, or monitoring of transport by the Federal Highway Police or the Ministry of Communications and Transport.
For several years the market has been controlled by a municipal councilor. The market is located on both sides of the road and while it also sells cars and clothes, most activity is in the trade in live animals. We know that this market has generated a lot of profit that is not quantified, including fees for land use, collection of bills for sale of animals in addition to other fees paid by those who provide service for the sellers of food, fruits, vegetables, shoes, clothing, etc.
The San Bernabe market is in violation of two federal and four state sanitary laws concerning animal health, ecological balance and environmental protection, which state the importance of dignified and respectful treatment of animals.
At San Bernabe, in many cases the cattle are slaughtered without any restriction. They are beaten with sticks, pipes, rods, or touches on the genitals causing them high levels of stress in breach of standard NOM-033-ZOO-1995. In addition, the market does not have appropriate landing ramps, so that the legs of the animals break constantly. Some animals are mixed in the pens, where cattle have injuries, trauma, fractures, wounds or worms. The most obvious abuse is called “scrap yards” where the animals are in poor condition and are sold to be taken directly to slaughterhouses.
A brief description of a horse slaughterhouse in Mexico:
“… The horse shakes its head frantically when the door killing box is closed and trapped within it. A worker buried in his back, around his neck, a small, sharp knife, seven, eight, nine times. She, with her eyes wide, frantically lowers and raises her head while the worker stabs her again and again. On the tenth stroke of the knife, she falls to the ground, bloodied and paralyzed, but still alive. She lays there for two minutes before being hoisted by her leg and lifted into the air, hung upside down to be bled slaughtered in the midst of terrible pain, fully conscious and terrified … ”
What happens in San Bernabe is not a new topic, since the flea market has been operating for 60 years every Monday in the same place, and it is estimated that the site has sold over 10, 000 different animals of various species.
Since September 2007 Animal Protection Association of Mexico (APASDEM), has worked hard on a campaign to protect the animals sold at the San Bernabe Market.
Click HERE to join Mercado De San Bernabe Group for Updates and Breaking News.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP CLOSE MERCADO DE SAN BERNABE’
SEND SAMPLE LETTER IN SPANISH TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES.
SAMPLE LETTER AS FOLLOWS COURTESY OF MARIA
SUBJECT LINE: LA VERGUENZA DE MEXICO
BODY OF EMAIL:
A quien correponda,
Por este medio, quiero expresar mi total rechazo a la manera cruel e indigna en que tratan a los animales en “El Mercado de San Bernabé, Almoloya de Juárez, Estado de México, es una vergüenza para México y es urgente resolver esta terrible situación, los ciudadanos de cada país en el mundo están reportando que no van a viajar a México hasta que las autoridades se pongan a trabajar y tomen cartas en el asunto, detengan este horror.
Urgente que se resuelva el asunto del Mercado de San Bernabé!!! la forma en que abusan y torturan a los animales no humanos es HORROROSA!!!, se tiene que poner orden ahí si es que desean los votos de los activistas de derechos animales y somos millones por si acaso les interesa saber, además contamos con todo el apoyo internacional, ahì les encargo, gracias.
Your name and Country
PLEASE CHECK FOLLOWING SECTION FOR EMAIL ADDRESSES TO MEXICAN OFFICIALS.
WHAT YOU CAN DO FROM ANY COUNTRY ON THE PLANET.
CONTACT FOR MEXICAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON D.C. IS:
Mexican Embassy in United States
1911 Pennsylvania Avenue
District of Columbia
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM – MEXICO CITY
Distrito Federal (Mexico City)
Amberes No. 54, 2 Piso
CP 06600 México, D.F.
Tel: (5) 553-8759 * Fax: (5) 525-9386
EMAIL ADDRESS TO PRESIDENT OF MEXICO, Felipe Calderon
EMAIL ADDRESS TO WIFE OF PRESIDENT OF MEXICO, Margarita Zavala
EMAIL ADDRESS TO DEPUTY SENATOR OF MEXICO, Senadora Maria de los Angeles Moreno Uriegas
EMAIL ADDRESS – SECRETARY OF DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY/ENVIRONMENT, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada
CONTACT FORM – CITY OF ALMOLOYA DE JUAREZ, CONTACT THE MAYOR.
EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR MAYOR OF ALMOLOYAdeJUAREZ – Profra Blanca Estela Gomez Carmona
CONTACT FORM – ESTADO OF MEXICO, MEXICO, CONTACT GOVERNMENT.
EMAIL ADDRESS GOVERNOR OF STATE OF MEXICO, MEXICO – Enrique Pena Nieto
EMAIL ADDRESS – GOVERNMENT OFFICES OF STATE OF MEXICO, MEXICO.
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MEXICO, MEXICO; ENRIQUE PENA NIETO. HE IS INTERESTED IN OUR OPINIONS. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THE BRUTALITY AND HORRORS OF THE MERCADO OF SAN BERNABE’. CLICK HERE TO GIVE GOVERNOR NIETO YOUR OPINIONS AND CONCERNS ABOUT MERCADO SAN BERNABE’.
THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MEXICO, MEXICO, ENRIQUE PENA NIETO, ALSO HAS ANOTHER FACEBOOK PAGE WHERE HE WELCOMES COMMENTS. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT CLOSING THE MERCADO OF SAN BERNABE’.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MEXICO, MEXICO, ENRIQUE PENA NIETO. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RELAY YOUR THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ABOUT THE ATROCITIES COMMITTED AGAINST ANIMALS IN THE MERCADO OF SAN BERNABE’. CLICK HERE PLEASE.
More addresses will be added as they become available…If anyone has any other addresses of other Official Agencies who need to be Notified of these Atrocities in Mexico, please let us know, and we will add them to this Alert. Thank you.
IN ADDITION TO SENDING EMAILS, PLEASE SIGN BOTH OF THESE PETITIONS TO CLOSE THE MERCADE OF SAN BERNABE’. CLICK ON BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING LINKS TO SIGN BOTH PETITIONS. THANK YOU.