Now is our chance to help stop the horrendous practice of eating dogs who should be family members, not family dinner!
Thank you Mario Lorenzo Lucca’s human for working hard to get the word out!
To all our beloved Dogster supporters,
I have good news!
Monday morning, 9/18/06, members of the coalition to uphold The Philippine Animal Welfare Act of 1998, RA 8485 will hold a meeting to decide the fate of our cause.
As previously mentioned, House Bill No. 2991 has already been submitted in 2004 to amend RA 8485, reflecting stiffer jail term sentences and higher fines. Unfortunately, we believe this new bill isn’t comprehensive enough.
It has loopholes regarding the inhumane slaughter of dogs for the purpose of human consumption, a huge epidemic in the Philippines. It is estimated that around 290,000 dogs are being killed for food in the Philippines every year. This translates to approximately 174 million pesos (or $3.8M US) a year’s worth of livelihood and industry for those involved in the dog meat trade.
So what exactly will happen on Monday’s meeting? Frankly, the coalition members will decide one way or another whether it has enough time and resources to focus on our cause, to update the law and DO something about it!
So, here’s my plea to all of you Dogster supporters kind enough to care about our poor dogs in the Philippines.
Please email the coalition, urging them to take action. If not now, I am afraid this entire issue may not get addressed again until waaaay after the May 2007 Philippine elections, which is all the focus of Philippine government officials right now.
Email addresses you can feel free to send your letters of support and to request for action include:
Nancy Cu Unjeng/CARA
Ramona Eliza Torres-Consunji/PAWS Legal Counsel
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is IT! The final yay or nay. Dogsters, let your international voices be heard!!!
Rhodora de Jesus-Maiolo, G.G