Is Killing of Stray Animals by way of Tambutso Good?
Compassion not cruelty
Animal Welfare Groups say NO to Tambutso Gassing as a way of killing stray dogsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Stray animals are public menace
IN most Philippine barangays and municipalities are found stray dogs and cats which roamed the streets, looking for something to eat. These homeless animals survived by stealing food in the kitchen or ransacking whatever morsel of food are deposited In the public garbage bin. Smart and cunning, they knew the most convenient time when to enter a kitchen. By instinct, they knew all the garbage receptacles in town as well the garbage containers that gather the most dog-food for the day.
Mess and chaos done by stray dogs upset street cleaners
What is upsetting are times when dogs staged a fight to manifest kingship over a can of spoil food.. When a dog feud ensued, the grain and the chaff mixed-up so to speak, resulting in the scattering of the trash out of the receptacle in all directions. Besides spoiled food, dirty baby’s layette and women napkins with monthly waste are also dogs favorite. Prompted perhaps by their fishy smell, they tore them to tidbits and left them in a mess. Finding the garbage bins in such sorry state during collection time makes the blood of the street cleaners boil, cursing, “time will come when I can lay a hand on you!”
Stray or astray animals are placed in dog pounds
This problem is as old as the first man and woman on earth. A solution that has been made by government is the creation of a dog pound- a barangay, municipal or city pound as the case maybe. This is back up by an approved ordinance which empowers the local government unit to advice dog masters or owners to give proper care of their pets, impose fines usually cash on owners whose pet dogs are impounded and exact an amount of money on individuals wanting to adopt stray dogs. Enough period of time are given for claimants interested in these dogs imprisoned in the dog pound.
Tambutso gassing is resorted to kill unwanted dogs
At the close of the period for the retrieval of the impounded dogs, the subject local government unit will now proceed to the last step of the dog ordinance which is the proper disposal of the unwanted dogs in the pound. It is a losing proposition for an LGU (local government unit) to be caring and feeding dogs. Obviously their sustenance must stop and must be disposed of in more humane than brutal or barbaric ways because they, too , are God’s creation. Will God be happy seeing dogs struck on the head with blunt instrument like a lead pipe to kill then slaughter them for meat?
Animal Welfare Groups say no to Tambutso Gassing as brutal
Maan Macapagal of ABS-CBN reported that dog pounds all over the country are currently using TAMBUTSO GASSING to regulate the number of stray dogs and cats. Approved by the Department of Agriculture, this method is back up by the Animal Welfare Law through an administrative order which legalizes the use of carbon monoxide gas emitted from the muffler of vehicles. Dogs are forcibly placed inside a metal box attached to a vehicle’s muffler. Then the vehicle’s engine is started to produce the poisonous gas, killing the dogs in a matter of minutes. Macapagal further said that thousands of dogs are exterminated this way weekly, particularly in Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Tarlac, prompting the PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society), CARA (Compassion and Responsibility towards Animals) and the AKF (Animal Kingdom Foundation) to petition the government to quash the order and suggests more subtle and humane ways of disposing unwanted animals.
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