Save Stray Dogs from Legal Hunting

Save Dogs in Chile from Legal Hunting

Target: Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile

Goal: Repeal the law enabling legal hunting of wild dogs in Chile

The Chilean government recently signed an amendment to their Hunting Law, which allows the legal hunting of stray dogs in rural areas. This decree states that any dog further than 400 meters from any town or house may be captured or killed. This law is not only cruel for stray dogs, who are already victims of abandonment by owners who didn’t care for them, but is also impractical, as many of Chile’s owned dogs are not housebound and roam a wide area, surely leading to numerous cases of mistaken killing.

This law comes in response to Chile’s growing feral animal problem, with an estimated 3 million homeless animals nationwide. However, experts agree that a widespread sterilization program is needed for stray dogs, and that hunting is not the answer. A study found that many dogs in rural areas belong to farmers who do not feed them well enough. The decree also fails to address the problem of stray dogs in urban areas – 200,000 of which reside in the capital, Santiago, alone.

Sign this petition and put pressure on the Chilean government to repeal this unjust and impractical law, and consider alternative options, such as sterilization, for the stray animal population.


Dear President Piñera,

The recent passing of a decree which makes the hunting of wild dogs legal is both unkind and impractical. Wild dogs became so due to owners who cast them away, not wanting to care for them anymore. They do not deserve even more cruelty.

Moreover, this law assumes that all dogs more than 400 meters from a rural household or town are wild. This is simply not true, as many dogs that belong to people are allowed to wander freely around the area. The error in this reasoning will lead to many disputes between the people who kill tamed animals and the animals’ owners, potentially destabilizing relationships at best and leading to violence at worst.

Another factor in this law is that this decree does not address the problem of urban animals, which are rampant in cities – 200,000 in Santiago alone. Nor does it take any consideration into sterilization of stray animals, which is agreed by many experts to be the best solution to your country’s problem.

Reconsider the law you have just passed, and consider more humane, effective alternatives that have been offered to you.


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  1. paula eaton says:

    This is brutal and heartless. Help these poor homeless animals, do not slaughter them.

  2. A. Becerril says:

    Animals….always paying the price of our greed, stupidity, ignorance and barbaric mind set. What a shame!

    • Mary Zoeter says:

      You are absolutely right. We humans have done an amazing job of trashing the planet and harming most of the other species on it.

  3. Gene Sengstake says:

    Chile’s growing “feral animal problem” is not an animal problem – it is a “people who didn’t take care of their pets in the first place” problem. It is an out-and-out “people” problem – and the animals end up paying the price – as is usually the case in most such situations. There are people like this all over the world – that just plain don’t care about what happens to animals in general – even those they unfortunately own. You can pass laws – prosecute offenders – and yet it still just keeps on happening. Killing these dogs who through no fault of their own have ended up homeless on the streets and in rural areas is simply a sad commentary on humanity – – –

  4. Judy Clare says:

    You are right on Gene!!! People caused this problem and people should pay for it- not the animals!!!

  5. Stephanie K says:

    This is not fair to these dogs. People need to start spaying and neutering their animals to avoid situations like this. So digusting!!!

  6. I cani non hanno nessuna colpa di essere randagi,la colpa è sempre degli umani che quando non ne hanno più voglia di tenerli li abbandonano,fregandosene altamente di cosa andranno incontro,quindi vedo un atto crudele quello di farli abbattere dai cacciatori,non ammazzano già per divertimento molti animali?.

  7. olimpia marina says:

    No human has the right to harm torment and kill animals,or to interfere in any way.We are here to share the Universe.

  8. olimpia marina says:

    No human has the right to interfere,to harm to torment and kill any animal.We are here to share the Universe..Man is the king of animals…because his brutality has overcome that of all others !

  9. Garth Mills says:

    Those dogs are there because of citizens that do not care for their animals, don’t spay or neuter them, now they have a problem there of their own making, now the only solution is to kill a problem of their neglect and short sightedness.

  10. Its so heartbreaking, senseless. If the governments want the cities clean, they just need to create some kind of programs for the society. To make us (humans) to know that is sick.

  11. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  12. If those people who would be cruel to animals were exterminated, wars, murder and many other horrible things would cease to be. That is my wish; it will never come to pass.

  13. Shouldn’t the letter be addressed to the current president of Chile Michelle Bachelete?

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