Dog food against people obesity: Yucatan resident launches challenge for help population health and help dog shelters

February 17 04:48 2021
Dog food against people obesity: Yucatan resident launches challenge for help population health and help dog shelters

Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín at “Evolucion” shelter in southern Yucatan
• Mexico is Latin America’s country with the highest rate of overweight among its population.

• (PHOTO) One of the initiatives promoted by Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, is the “Peek’ Challenge.” Participants need to register their lose of weight.

• For each kilogram lost, Ramirez would deliver one kilo of dog food to animal shelters in Yucatan’s State.

According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mexico is the Latin American country with the highest rate of overweight and obesity across the region. About a third of its adults population suffer from this disease, which has triggered other conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.

The country also ranks third in animal abuse and first in street dogs in Latin America. Data from the National Institute of Geography (INEGI) indicate that only 30% of companion animals in Mexico have a home. While the resulting 70% – more than 25 million – live on the streets.

Under this context, Jorge Carlos Ramirez Marin, decided to start a challenge that seeks to give a partial solution on both matters.

The “Evolución” shelter was one of the beneficiaries that received 70 packages with 25 kilograms of dog food: a sum that will contribute to the maintenance of 350 pets in a period of two weeks.

“It is very gratifying to arrive and see these spaces dedicated to animals, to see all the love that these people are giving. It is very contrasting with how little the authorities do. Not a penny from the federal government aid has come in here. Things are done through the support of volunteers,” said Ramírez Marín.

Silvia Cortés Castillo, the manager and founder of the “Evolución” shelter, mentioned that “a space like this is not the solution to overcrowding, abandonment or mistreatment of domestic animals. However it is an important space, because many animals have changed in it. People know these little animals and when noting the experiences that they have gone through as victims of neglect, cruelty or abandonment, they understand that everyone’s participation is crucial to change their stories”, she said.

Another beneficiary shelter was “Hogar Colitas Mid”, founded by Julia Sosa, a 23-year-old girl who adapted her house to provide protection for 36 dogs and 14 adult cats. Sosa, like Cortés Castillo, recognized that only with the sum of wills is possible to carry out this work. In addition, some independent rescuers who carry out various types of activities in favor of animal care and protection also received food.

Jorge Carlos Ramirez Marin pointed out that, in addition to the crusade in favor of feeding street animals, he will also promote support for civil associations that are dedicated to this work.

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