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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

Oct 20, 2017 Angi Beckett
Oct 20, 2017 Christina Brown
Oct 20, 2017 Alecia Williams
Oct 20, 2017 Monica Preis
Oct 20, 2017 Linda Romano
Oct 19, 2017 Winifred Boyd
Oct 19, 2017 Karen Daley How can humans be this demented? So, horrible. Jail the offenders!
Oct 19, 2017 Richard Pendarvis
Oct 19, 2017 Staci Anderson
Oct 19, 2017 Alexandre Pereira
Oct 19, 2017 Kelly Bonin
Oct 19, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Oct 18, 2017 dana newsom
Oct 17, 2017 Suzanne Danielson
Oct 17, 2017 toni DANIELSON
Oct 16, 2017 Susan Oldershaw Just plain old despicable.
Oct 16, 2017 LORI MCCAULIFF We must do all we can to stop this now!
Oct 16, 2017 Sue Coughlin
Oct 16, 2017 bobbette bross
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Mary Ellen Long
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Don Wilson
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Deborah Charlow
Oct 12, 2017 diane libring Horrendous, Ignorant, Cruel, Barbaric!! What is wrong with these people??This is NOT entertaiment!!!!
Oct 12, 2017 Jennifer Parsons
Oct 12, 2017 Gigi Middlebrook I hate the people that profit from this despicable human behaviour. Please ban this disgusting activity in your country. Have a heart for animals. Please.
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2017 Betty Hedger Enforce the law.
Oct 11, 2017 Irene Adrian
Oct 11, 2017 kaydee lewis
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Sheila Ward
Oct 10, 2017 Michelle Wilson
Oct 10, 2017 Robin Shepard
Oct 10, 2017 Jean Galati
Oct 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2017 Roberta Cahill
Oct 10, 2017 Laura Prohaska
Oct 10, 2017 Vicki Burger
Oct 10, 2017 Spasenic Lacramioara
Oct 10, 2017 John Botts
Oct 10, 2017 Sharon-Anne Street Just why humans are dugusting.
Oct 10, 2017 Brenda Eckberg
Oct 10, 2017 Mary Wilson
Oct 10, 2017 Lynne Doyle
Oct 9, 2017 Paul Carverr
Oct 7, 2017 Sarah Strantz

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