Federal laws protecting wild animals from public exhibitions have long been on the books.
But this has not stopped scofflaws out for a buck, especially in Quintana Roo’s tourist towns and resorts.
As a result, the state’s legislature has passed a newly explicit law.
“Today we celebrate the end of this terrible practice,” said state Rep. Tyara Scheleske de Ariño.
This is a likely informal nod to multimillion-dollar “eco theme parks,” where the practice of selling photos of tourists next to scarlet macaws is part of their business model.
The move has been widely celebrated by environmentalists across Mexico. But there is still a concern that financial interests and corruption will impede a true end to these sorts of practices.
Other common species of animals typically found on display to pet and photograph, for a fee, include baby jaguars as well large iguanas and snakes.
The new law prohibiting this type of activity can be seen in the context of a larger move towards a more ethical treatment of animals in the Yucatán Peninsula.
Somewhat paradoxically, bullfights are still legal in Yucatán, as they are in much of Mexico.