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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


Aug 16, 2018 Eileen Paramore
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Maren Knox
Aug 15, 2018 Brenda English
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Aug 14, 2018 Susan Blackwell
Aug 14, 2018 Terri Dustan
Aug 14, 2018 ANN TONEY
Aug 13, 2018 Virgil Pauls
Aug 13, 2018 Caroline Lawson What the hell is wrong with these people?
Aug 13, 2018 Carol Costello
Aug 13, 2018 julianna lavin Anyone who would participate in this is a psychopath!
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Chiera
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Aug 13, 2018 Robert Ortiz
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Aug 10, 2018 BARBARA CONSOLO
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Aug 2, 2018 Laurie Loveman
Aug 2, 2018 Michele Lombardo
Aug 1, 2018 Elva Granat
Aug 1, 2018 Patrizia Cordoni
Aug 1, 2018 Leslie Antonio
Jul 31, 2018 Rachelle Craft
Jul 31, 2018 Deborah Kerns
Jul 31, 2018 Mishelle Vislisel
Jul 31, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Jul 31, 2018 Camille Clarke
Jul 30, 2018 alessa lanning
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 29, 2018 Christian KIEFFER

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