“I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.”
Elephant seals, sea lions, blue whales, sperm whales, sea otters, dolphins, penguins.
Mockingbirds, penguins, sparrows, albatrosses, seabirds, hawks, flamingos, falcons, parakeets, pelicans, owls.
llamas, vicunas, alpacas, deer, minks, armadillos, culpeos (foxes), opossums, pumas, lions.
Snakes, geckos, lizards, spiders, wasps, grasshoppers.
Stray dogs are common. Abandonment and physical maltreatment are quite prevalent. Animal trafficking is also prevalent for dogs and monkeys.
Rodeo is quite common in Chilean culture and is not protected by the Chilean Animal Protection Statute. Vicunas are used for transport of goods in higher altitudes where horses cannot survive.
On passing laws sanctioning cruelty to animals (from A -best- to G -worst) according to the World Animal Protection Index:B
La Ley Sobre la Protección de Animales legislation which legally punishes animal cruelty was passed in 2009. Currently, the Chilean law doesn’t regulate animal testing for cosmetics. Trafficking protected species is punishable by up to 60 days in prison with large fines.
The hunting of deer, stags, guanacos and birds is allowed in designated areas.
Organized illegal dog fights.
CODEFF- Wild Fauna Rehabilitation Center. Created in 1992 thanks to an agreement with the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (CRFS) of CODEFF was born as a space to receive, shelter and rehabilitate wild animals confiscated by the Hunting Law.
We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.