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Say NO to Eating Dog Meat!
Why do some Filipinos still violate the Republic Act No. 8485 law?
Read the details of this law here: Republic Act No. 8485 AN ACT TO PROMOTE ANIMAL WELFARE IN THE PHILIPPINES, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF 1998”
Why are some Filipinos not afraid of violating this law? I can only think of one reason, they don't know anything about this law. They may have heard that it's not good to eat dog or cat's meat but no one explained the law to them and so they become ignorant of this law. Sadly, ignorance of the law excuses no one. If they are caught, they have to pay the price.
According to a news report, the number of illiterate Filipinos has grown to 15 million and counting. I bet majority of these people don't know what is Republic Act No. 8485 and other numerous laws. How can we expect someone to abide to a law which he did not understand?
This can be one of the solutions: Disseminate this law in a way that people can understand in layman's term and that is to let barangay officials have a yearly assembly meeting to reiterate the importance of this law. The barangay chairman may invite a representative from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to educate the people. PAWS gives free barangay lectures on animal welfare.There is a yearly mass anti-rabies vaccinations to dogs in barangays. Why don't we use this event to gather the people and share the information? Thoughts?
Punishment from Violating Republic Act No. 8485
SECTION 8. Any person who violate, any of the provisions of
this Act shall, upon conviction by final judgment, be punished
by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than
two (2) years or a fine of not less than One thousand pesos
(P1,000) nor more than Five thousand pesos (P5,000) or both
at the discretion of the court. If the violation is committed by
a juridical person, the officer responsible therefore shall serve
the imprisonment when imposed. If violation is committed by an
alien, he or she shall be immediately deported after serviced
sentence without any further proceedings.
How to Report Dog Slaughter in the Philippines?
If you see an ongoing dog slaughter or heard such plan, report it immediately to barangay officials. This is the fastest way to stop the criminals from killing off the dogs.
If your barangay officials refuse to act during the time that you reported the crime to them, please execute an affidavit. State their names, what happened, etc. and file it at the Fiscal's office. You may also contact PAWS so they can help you file administrative charges against the barangay officials.
Note: There are no expenses involved with filing a case except perhaps for a filing fee of about P100 when you go to the Prosecutor's Office. PAWS volunteer lawyers can help you review your affidavit.
1. Call 117 - This is the national emergency telephone number for the Philippines. We can call this number to report crimes and that includes animal cruelty. When calling, clearly state what happened, the exact location and the name of the perpetrators. Make sure to ask the name of the officer who received your call and call back for an update.
2. Warning Letter from PAWS - If you know that a certain someone is planning to do such crime, you may ask PAWS to warn them by sending an email to PAWS. Email their full names, complete address and contact info of the barangay officials to firstname.lastname@example.org. PAWS will then send an official warning letter through the barangay.