Alberto Arguello is the Senior Legal Advisor for La Fundacion AMARTE (Fundacion Aire, Mar y Tierra; trans. Air, Sea and Earth Foundation), a nonprofit organization based in Nicaragua which focuses on animal protection (www.fundacioamarte.org). Through AMARTE, Alberto has coordinated the drafting and promotion of his country`s first set of laws aimed at protecting wildlife, endangered species and calling for the humane treatment of all animals. These bills are currently being discussed at the Nicaraguan legislature.  In addition to his work as legal adviser, Alberto volunteers as a civic educator on animal rights as well as an environmental activist. In his role of animal advocate, Alberto manages an online site which collects claims on animal abuse and takes further legal action.

Photo caption: AMARTE provides veterinary care to thousands of carriage horses in Nicaragua and promotes city ordinances to improve the lives of these horses.