ANIMALS should be TREATED like a FAMILY member, NOT as an ENEMY or FOOD!
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5 years ago, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, 300,000 killed dogs were recorded in Philippines every year, peoples tend to eat dog meat served as "pulutan" but Filipino's ignored warnings that people might contract rabies from eating dog meat. Animal cruelty is one of the problems in the Philippines, although many pets are loved and taken care of well, there are some still tend to do illegal things such as hurting, caging and some are treating their pets as a food.
What is Animal Cruelty?
Animal Cruelty is when someone hurts an animal or does not care for an animal responsibility, like not giving a dog or cat food and water. It is against the law to be cruel to or harm animals, even your own pets. It is also called animal abuse or neglect.
The Philippines does have a law in place called the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. It prohibits torture, but it does cover the care of privately owned animals. Your average homeowner who keeps a dog in terrible conditions will never ever be prosecuted or even called out, because abuse is both legal and common. Most people are unaware that chaining or caging an animal is considered abuse in developed countries.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a volunteer-based, non-government organization whose goal is to prevent animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering and advocacy. PAWS believes that the creation of a more peaceful society starts with the widening of mankind’s circle of compassion which includes animals, thereby envisions a nation that respects animals, practices responsible pet ownership and protects wildlife. The volunteer-based organization rehabilitates these animals in the hope of finding them new homes and a second chance at a good life. PAWS does not take in pets of other people, only victims of cruelty or neglect where the animal offenders are charged with violation of the Animal Welfare Act in court.
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