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Mexico Has Highest Number of Stray Dogs in Latin America

MEXICO CITY—Pet dogs are extremely popular in Mexico. In the evenings the parks of Mexico City are teeming with dog walkers often stopping to chat with other owners they only know through a shared passion for their pets.  But there is a dark side to this picture of harmony between man and his best friend.

According to Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography, 70 percent of Mexico’s estimated 18 million dogs live on the street, either born as strays or abandoned by their owners. The country has the largest number of street dogs in Latin America.

The most recent figures from Mexico City’s department of health estimate there are 1.2 million strays roaming the streets of the capital alone.

The Clinica Veterinaria Delegacional is a small shelter in Venustiano Carranza, one of Mexico City’s 16 boroughs.

Tucked away in the shadows of a raised subway track it does its best to give a second chance to the small fraction of the city’s strays fortunate enough to end up there.

Jose Carlos Hernandez Trejo, 26, is a veterinarian at the clinic, which receives support from local animal charity the Antonio Haghenbeck Foundation. It is Trejo’s job to give all new arrivals a medical examination, administer any appropriate vaccinations, and carry out sterilizations, an important way of controlling the stray dog population.

The shelter currently has around 40 cats and dogs living in cages laid out across a concrete courtyard but that can rise to 80 at certain times of year.

 “There are periods when there are going to be a lot more animals abandoned—February, March, April, and up until May,”Trejo told The Epoch Times.

He speculates that the reason is that many people receive pets as Christmas gifts in December, and then later abandon them.

“People think they’re a thing or an object, not a living being that needs food, water, attention, washing, and plenty of care. Later they don’t understand when it goes to the bathroom or bites their child. They generate problems and then they end up here.”

The clinic has an arrangement with the Petco Foundation to help the animals find new homes.

Most stay an average of a month to recover from whatever illnesses or injuries they may have suffered and then are taken to another shelter or home, though some have stayed for almost a year in the past battling illness before being able to leave


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Mexico: President-Elect AMLO To Eliminate Fracking

“I can say it right now: there will be no fracking in Mexico during the six-year period,” AMLO told journalists.

Mexico’s President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has announced fracking will not be used to extract fossil fuels for the duration of his administration.

The president-elect told journalists in San Luis Potosi that government attention will instead be focused on finding ways to extract and produce oil and gas with techniques that respect the environment and water sources.

“Today, at noon, I was made aware of the concern that this technique would be used to extract oil or gas, and I can say it right now: there will be no fracking in Mexico during the six-year period,” said AMLO.

The government of outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto started the use of fracking in Mexico. The technique is highly contaminating according to several studies.

The main, but far from the only, risk from fracking is the pollution of water sources, which has highly damaging consequences for the people who rely on them.

As a response to AMLO’s statements, former President Vicente Fox used his Twitter account to ask him to back down from the statement.

“It is urgent to recover our capacity to produce oil, it is urgent to take advantage of the large deposits that we have in the north of the country,” he posted.

“It is urgent to take advantage of fracking as modern technology. It is false that it affects natural resources and the environment.”


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Popocatepetl volcano spews ash over Mexico City

MEXICO CITY—Ash spewing from the Popocatepetl volcano has reached the southern neighbourhoods of Mexico’s capital.

The National Center for Disaster Prevention warned Mexicans on Saturday to stay away from the volcano after activity picked up in the crater and it registered 183 emissions of gas and ash over 24 hours.

A plume of ash and steam rises from the crater of the Popocatepetl volcano in March 2015. The National Center for Disaster Prevention warned Mexicans on Saturday to stay away from the volcano after activity picked up in the crater and it registered 183 emissions of gas and ash over 24 hours.  (Dario Lopez-Mills / The Associated Press)

The centre was monitoring multiple rumblings and tremors. Images on social media showed thin layers of ash coating car windshields in neighbourhoods of Mexico City such as Xochimilco.

Geophysicists have noticed an increase in activity at the volcano that sits 72 kilometres southeast of the capital since a 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked central Mexico in September 2017. The volcano known as “Don Goyo” has been active since 1994.


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Mexico says will seek deal with Canada if NAFTA talks fail

Mexico’s incoming government will pursue a bilateral deal with Canada if talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement .

Mexico City | Reuters — Mexico’s incoming government will pursue a bilateral deal with Canada if talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement falter, Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday.

After more than a year of talks to modernize the NAFTA trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada, the U.S. and Mexico reached a side deal in late August.

Days later, Canada began negotiating with the U.S. to close a deal on the 24-year-old trade pact. But the talks have hit an impasse over U.S. threats to impose tariffs to Canadian auto exports.

 “We would like the government of the United States and the government of Canada to come to an agreement so the treaty can be trilateral, as it was originally signed,” said Lopez Obrador, a veteran leftist who takes office in December.

“But in the event that the governments of the United States and Canada do not come to an agreement … we would have to maintain the bilateral deal with the United States and seek a similar deal with Canada.”

With just over a week to go before a U.S.-imposed Oct. 1 deadline to publish the text of a deal, the U.S. and Canada have still not agreed on terms, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said on Friday.

Speaking with Fox News Channel, Hassett said the United States was getting “very, very close” to having to advance in its commercial deal with Mexico, leaving Canada behind.

Markets in all three countries have suffered amid uncertainty about the future of the pact, which underpins US$1.2 trillion in annual trade.

Reporting for Reuters by Diego Ore; writing by Julia Love.


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What you need to know

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You need Mexico car insurance because it’s required and US /Canadian insurance coverage stops at the Mexican border. Every year Mexico implements stricter laws for uninsured motorists, meaning not having it can cost you money due to damage/loss to your vehicle, fines and more
When you drive your car to Mexico, travel with complete peace of mind, by being properly insured. Your U.S. or Canadian insurance policy, however comprehensive, won’t cover you in Mexico, but affordable insurance is available…

Mexican Auto insurance You Can Trust if you ever get into an accident in Mexico

Insuring Your Car in Mexico
Although your U.S./Canadian car insurance policy may be comprehensive, and might also extend some limited damage coverage in Mexico, you will still need to purchase policy that is legally valid in Mexico.
U.S. and Canadian auto insurance policies, however comprehensive, hold no legal jurisdiction in Mexico. This means that you must buy separate insurance cover for your car while you’re driving in Mexico if you want to travel with complete peace of mind.

If you are driving your car improperly insured in Mexico and you become involved in an accident it will, at best, cost you a lot of money and, at worst, leave you imprisoned in a Mexican jail house. Presenting a U.S. or Canadian auto insurance policy will be of no use because these documents have no legal or actual force in Mexico, and the companies backing them will not settle any claim arising when you or your car are situated south of the border.
Drivers who are involved in serious accidents in Mexico are usually arrested pending investigation. If you are not properly insured in Mexico and become involved in a serious accident—even if it’s not your fault—these procedures will likely place a great deal of stress and financial burden upon you.
This guide explains how insurance works in Mexico and how to go about buying the additional insurance protection you need to ensure that you, your passengers, and your vehicle are properly insured when driving on Mexican soil and that, in the event of a serious accident, you are properly covered by a legally-valid and adequate insurance policy.
Mexican Auto Insurance
Mexican Law stipulates that only insurance companies which are licensed in Mexico can provide the type of auto insurance coverage that is recognized and accepted by Mexico’s legal system.
A few U.S.-based insurance companies will extend physical damage coverage on cars and RVs while they are situated in Mexico, but they cannot and do not provide Mexican liability insurance. So, although these policies may cover your damage, they will not cover your liability to others in Mexico. This is why a special insurance policy is absolutely necessary to be properly insured in Mexico.
Mexican Insurance Companies
Mexican Law also stipulates that liability insurance must be purchased from a licensed Mexican company, so your auto insurance policy necessarily needs to be issued by one of Mexico’s insurance companies, or through a broker in the U.S./Canada working in conjuction with a Mexican insurance company.
Who’s Insuring You?
Buyers purchasing insurance for their car in Mexico are often times misled by believing that they can rely on the broker, rather than the Mexican Insurance Company, to properly handle any claim that may arise during their stay in Mexico.
The insurance company underwriting your policy is much more important than the Broker that sells you the policy.
As all insurance policies are sold through brokers, it’s important to know which insurance company (or companies) are underwriting the policies being sold to you by the broker. Click here to read more  Click here to get your free quotes


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