President Barack Obama’s plan to freeze all border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border has sparked outrage among animal rights groups and animal advocates who say it will endanger thousands of animals.
The border fence, known as the “frozen zone,” would allow Border Patrol agents to patrol the country’s southern border without making a trip across the river.
However, it would also block animal rescue groups from accessing some of the border’s most vulnerable animals, including the endangered red fox and the bobcat, who are the only wild cats left in the U, said Mark O’Connell, executive director of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Under the proposed policy, the Border Patrol would be required to take the animals’ DNA and medical records, as well as the animals themselves, to prove they are not part of a criminal organization.
And the agency would not be allowed to take animals on rides, including a walk, or to conduct pet searches, such as looking for a missing cat, O’Donnell said.
“The frozen zone would also restrict access to all sanctuary and companion animal rescue organizations,” O’Conners said.
In short, it is a chilling and unacceptable way to treat animals in America.””
The President’s proposed policy will also allow the Border Police to violate the law and the Constitution by making arrests and detentions without due process.
In short, it is a chilling and unacceptable way to treat animals in America.”
The proposed freeze would be in effect from March 10, 2018 through April 1, 2019.
It would not affect the number of Border Patrol officers or the number or number of animals that are currently apprehended at the border.
O’Brien said the Trump administration has not released the exact number of border apprehensions, but estimates it could be as many as 30,000 animals each day.
“This would be the largest enforcement action by the border patrol in decades,” OBrien said.
The proposed policy would not only have a chilling effect on the animals, OConnell said, but it would “further erode the sanctity of our borders and further erode our relationship with animals.”
He said the freeze would “result in more people entering the U.-Mexico with animals than the border is currently taking.”
O’Connell said he was “extremely concerned” by the proposed border freeze.
“We have never seen such a chilling policy, and it would devastate the lives of animals,” he said.
While some border agents have been willing to work with animal rescue and conservation groups, he said, the Trump team is pushing a policy that will result in more arrests and more animal cruelty charges.
“There’s no way you’re going to enforce the freeze, and you’ll be able to prosecute people who break the law,” O. Conners said, referring to the border security measures proposed by the Trump transition team.
O’Conner said that while the freeze may have been the right move, it has the potential to result in many more animals being arrested.
“If the President’s proposal were to be implemented, it could lead to hundreds of thousands of people being arrested and possibly thousands of animal cruelty convictions,” he added.
“I would urge anyone who believes animals are being treated poorly to call [the Department of Homeland Security] and urge them to review the proposed freeze.
It’s not about the animals; it’s about how the border policy is implemented.”
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