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In direct violation of the Republic Act No 8485 (also known as the Animal Welfare Act of 1998) which prohibits horse fights and the maltreatment of horses, individuals in the Philippines continue to torture these beautiful creatures through the brutal and barbaric practice of horse fighting. In well-publicized derbies throughout the island country, a mare in heat is introduced to two stallions who then fight for the right to breed with her. The battle continues until one of the stallions retreats or dies. Many mares end up as collateral damage during the fight while hundreds of "winning" stallions die in the days following from severe internal injuries left untreated.

Anyone engaged in horse-fighting can be imprisoned for six months to two years and fined P30,000 to P100,000 ($676-$2,200), depending on whether or not the horse dies. And yet, horse fighting continues. Why? That is a complicated question, though one reason rises above the others: greed. Horse owners, promoters, sponsors, betters, and even government officials walk away from the fights with plenty of blood money. It is disgusting and inhumane. Horse fighting needs to stop now.

Tell Dr. Danilo Costa, the head of the Philippine Animal Welfare Division, it's time to hold those involved in horse fighting accountable for their illegal acts!

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Dear Dr. Danilo Costa,

Horses in the Philippines are suffering tortuous deaths at the hands of your citizens. I implore you to act on behalf of these innocent creatures and effectively enforce the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, which prohibits horse fights and the maltreatment of horses.

Enacted by the will of the People of the Philippines, the act states the following: “It shall be unlawful for any person to torture any animal, to neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance of shelter, or maltreat any animal or to subject any dog or horse to dogfights or horsefights, 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.”

If the humane treatment of animals is so important to your country that a law was put into place to protect them, why are those who continue to illegally fight horses not being brought to justice? I urge you to recommit yourself to protecting horses by putting an end to this barbaric and illegal activity once and for all. Human greed must no longer dictate the future for horses in the Philippines.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Mar 22, 2018 don barshay
Mar 22, 2018 Sandra Lewin
Mar 21, 2018 Robert Whitaker
Mar 20, 2018 Linda Borner
Mar 20, 2018 Kristen Tice
Mar 19, 2018 Tiziana Arnold
Mar 18, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 18, 2018 Kathy Hamer Anyone who participates in such a barbaric act, can not claim to be human, but monsters. End this NOW
Mar 18, 2018 Jeanette Holmgren
Mar 18, 2018 Lourdes San Jose
Mar 17, 2018 Julie Cook
Mar 17, 2018 Rhonda Murray
Mar 17, 2018 Mary O'Maley
Mar 17, 2018 Wendy Gaston
Mar 17, 2018 Mary Lyda
Mar 17, 2018 Elizabeth Wangman
Mar 17, 2018 Kristine Renick
Mar 17, 2018 Kimberly Carignan
Mar 17, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 17, 2018 Suzanne Lenhart
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2018 Angela Tracy
Mar 17, 2018 Roslyn Riall
Mar 16, 2018 Jan Clare
Mar 16, 2018 Sophie Miranda
Mar 16, 2018 Janie Anderson
Mar 15, 2018 Lynn Stillman
Mar 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Julie Miller
Mar 15, 2018 Karen Phylow
Mar 15, 2018 Annemarie Ramaekers
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 Ashley Cascante
Mar 15, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
Mar 15, 2018 Leslie Sisco
Mar 15, 2018 Tammi Long
Mar 15, 2018 Jenny See
Mar 15, 2018 Sandra Kearney
Mar 15, 2018 Tania D'Agostino
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Tafoya
Mar 14, 2018 Carla Montes
Mar 14, 2018 Elizabeth McGowan
Mar 14, 2018 angie lambert
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 12, 2018 Carol Painter
Mar 11, 2018 Linda Miller
Mar 11, 2018 Joan Turpin This is barbaric and savage animal cruelty and says a lot about the people who watch this horror show and about a country that would allow such sadistic and cruel behavior and call it entertainment. Sickening and it has to stop.
Mar 11, 2018 Holly Foster
Mar 10, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Mar 10, 2018 Maryann Hovey

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