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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


May 26, 2018 Jan Williams
May 25, 2018 Diane Kelley This is disgusting.Please protect horses from this senseless cruelty.
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Terri Hughes
May 25, 2018 K Pounds Who profits? Certainly not those bea utiful majestic animals! Just the "macho morons" who conduct this "sport?". Stop it!!!!!!!!!
May 25, 2018 Jenelle Back -Sercombe
May 25, 2018 Anne Romanow
May 25, 2018 Lin Koester
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Andreja Stimac
May 25, 2018 Angela Belzner
May 25, 2018 Linda Carr
May 25, 2018 Diana Asberry-Whitt What else can we expect from an armpit of a country run by a brutal dictator but brutality towards animals? I bet Duterte is getting a cut of the $$ from this!
May 25, 2018 Cynthia Cooper
May 24, 2018 Donna Kurtz
May 23, 2018 Shannah Tenner
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 22, 2018 Lorraine Dumas
May 22, 2018 Linnell Watson
May 22, 2018 Christine Scozzaro
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Penelope DeCoster
May 21, 2018 Ronda Hightower
May 21, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
May 20, 2018 sarah weisberg
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 M T
May 20, 2018 alan harper
May 20, 2018 Verona Petrou
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Holly LaGalante
May 19, 2018 Jenny Geyer
May 19, 2018 ursela rabe this is NOT tradition nor culture - this is senseless, cowardice macho abuse of those who cannot defend themselves.
May 19, 2018 Nancy Olson
May 19, 2018 Jennifer Harris
May 18, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 Karen Myers
May 18, 2018 Margery Hughes
May 18, 2018 Stephanie McDonald
May 18, 2018 Natalie Gray
May 18, 2018 Lili Shintani
May 18, 2018 Jessica McCormick
May 18, 2018 Katie Neyens
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Tiffany Challis
May 18, 2018 Julanne Nowak
May 18, 2018 michelle dorado

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