Dear Mr. President Benigno S. Aquino III and Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC,
We, animal lovers and citizens worldwide, were shocked to see how the two Reyes brothers of the Department of Education treated Blackie (the abused puppy), as you can see directly from this video link: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineAnimalLoversSociety/posts/355084771238552
There is absolutely no reason to commit such brutality and ferocity against a defenseless animal, and we all know that it is a crime and is punishable by law, and no one is above the law.
Dogs are considered man's best friend and it never hesitates to sacrifice its life for men. If a dog attacks you, it’s because you provoked it. They do not attack without provocation.
Here is the story of Blackie :
A concerned citizen from Tondo, Manila saw how Mel Reyes and his brother hit their neighbor’s dog as an act of retribution last week. This act of cruelty has been recorded and uploaded on the video hosting site YouTube (links at the bottom of the page).
The suspect, Mel Reyes, is an employee at the Philippines’ Department of Education (DepEd). According to witnesses, this unfortunate incident was a result of a family feud between the Reyes family and the dog’s owner. Mel Reyes and his brother told the dog’s owner that they are “not scared of anyone.”
In the video, Mel Reyes, can be seen repeatedly striking the innocent and defenseless dog with a metal baseball bat. Afterwards, as the dog lay badly injured and near death, Mel Reyes, can be heard muttering, “You’ll die sooner or later” and then walks away. The brothers then returned a short time later with every intention to take the dog home and eat it but the dog’s owner pleaded for them to leave the dog alone.
The dog, Blackie, was taken to PSPCA where an urgent eye surgery was performed.
Based on Section 6 of Republic Act 8485 An Act to promote Animal Welfare in the Philippines, Otherwise known as "The Animal Welfare Act of 1998” :
"It shall be unlawful for any person to torture any animal, to neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat any animals or to subject any dog or horse to dogfights or horse fights, kill or cause or procure to be tortured or deprived of adequate care sustenance or shelter, or maltreat or use the same in research or experiments not expressly authorized by the Committee on Animal welfare."
Likewise, Section 8 states that:
“Any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction by final judgement, be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than (2) years or a fine of not less than One Thousand Pesos (P1,000.00) or both at the discretion of the Court. If the violation is committed by a juridical person, the officer responsible thereof shall serve the imprisonment when imposed. If the violation is committed by an alien, he or she shall be immediately deported after the service of sentence without any further proceedings.”
Clearly, what the Reyes brothers did to the defenseless dog is an act of cruelty, so they should be brought to justice. Regardless of their social status, Mel Reyes and his brother should face their crime.
Collectively we all want our voices to be heard when we say that, no one is above the law.
We also demand that animal welfare & awareness of animal cruelty, be taught in all schools. This would provide an excellent opportunity to reduce the number of animal abuse cases.
Please introduce Animal Welfare to the Philippines School Curriculum.
Studies show that people who commit violent acts against animals will frequently re-offend against people. We must work toward a world in which humans respect all animals and including animal welfare as part of the school curriculum, will help to create a more empathetic youth.
Philippine Animal Lovers Society (PALS) Worldwide
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