On May 18, a macabre accident occurred on the Ciudad Victoria-Tamaulipas highway: a Transportes Frontera bus collided with a trailer loaded with 4 tons of carcasses of dogs, cats and bovine hearts; which was headed to Brownsville, Texas.
The collision, recorded at kilometer 265 of the highway, the 29-year-old trailer driver cost him his life. The events caused outrage among civil society, especially among animal activists, who did not hesitate to express their anger on social networks.
The issue reached the ears of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who promised to create animal protection policies. At first it was said that the animal remains would be sent to universities in the United States for student practices.
The driver, identified as Jonathan de Jesús, stated that the company responsible for the load was aquanimals, based in the town of El Carmen, in El Marqués, Querétaro. Days after the incident, personnel from the Querétaro Ministry of Health went to the company’s facilities to find out why so many animal carcasses were used and what the details of their operation were. but they found the building closed the two times they showed up.
Infobae Mexico contacted the Attorney General of the State of Querétaro to find out more details about the progress of the investigation, but the institution replied that they had not started any investigation folder in this regard.
Subsequently, the Secretary of Health of Querétaro reported that they had not detected risks for the population outside the company premises. José Hernández Puga, responsible for the International Health Regulations, explained that the unit was only empowered to carry out risk analysis for the population, but not for the operation or functioning of the company.
The driver of the trailer also told the elements of the National Guard (GN) that attended the emergency that the shipment was going to be delivered to the company in the United States. RonaLab, located in Brownsville, Texas, which would later distribute the copies in several American universities.
The municipal administration of El Marqués explained that The company did not have an operating license or “approval” from the Ministry of Public Finance and Municipal Treasury. However, after the Ministry of Health launched the investigation against “Aquanimals”, the government of the municipality of Corregidora revealed that they had been the suppliers of the carcasses of cats and dogs to the company that presents itself as marketer and exporter of aquaculture products.
“In 2018, a collaboration agreement was signed with the company AQUANIMALS S. DE RL DE CV, which is currently NOT in force (…) During the year in which the agreement was in force, 60 corpses of euthanized cats were delivered by disease (…) The Municipality has NOT delivered more copies to said company recently. Said agreement was NOT renewed and was only in force for one year, from its signing on October 22, 2018″, reads a statement issued by the Municipality of Corregidora.
In accordance with the SAY/DJ/23/2018 agreement, cited by the media freedom of speechsince it did not comply with transparency laws, the Corregidora government had agreed to supply the company “Aquanimals” from October 22, 2018 to September 30, 2021 with animal carcasses.
In fact, in the first clause, section I, page 3 of the agreementit was specified that the municipal government acted as the person responsible for the euthanasia of the animals that it had previously captured and selected, and that in exchange the company would deliver one kilo of food (croquettes) for each of the animals it received.
“The Municipality will carry out the euthanasia of animals whenever it deems it necessary, through the Animal Control and Protection unit attached to the Secretary of Municipal Public Services (…) For its part, ‘The Company’ will deliver one kilogram of food for each one of the corpses that it receives in the facilities of the Animal Control and Protection Unit”, according to what is read in two fragments of the agreement.
In the second clause, it was specified that the purpose of the collaboration agreement between the government of Corregidora and the company Aquanimals was “support solely and exclusively the research area for the benefit of the national and international student community”.
For its part, the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ) clarified, for “avoid speculation”, which does not have any type of agreement with the company Aquanimals. “I don’t know in depth, I know what happened, I wouldn’t want to make a judgment without having more knowledge or reason why I was transporting these corpses and their destination. It is important to clarify it, to say what happened, yes the finding is macabre but you have to understand what was happening so that speculation does not fall into it, ”said Teresa García, rector of the UAQ.