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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


Feb 20, 2018 Nora Sachs
Feb 19, 2018 Geniece Medsker
Feb 19, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Pat Parkin
Feb 19, 2018 Jenny Fortsch
Feb 19, 2018 carol patton What other form of torture to animals can human beings devise? Stop this ugly, criminal fighting of any and all animals.
Feb 19, 2018 Eric Maxwell
Feb 19, 2018 Brandy Thompson That's so very wrong
Feb 19, 2018 Joan Heezen
Feb 18, 2018 LINDA MILLER Yet ANOTHER atrocity I didn't even know existed! What an afford to nature and in direct opposition to how ANY creature should be treated.
Feb 18, 2018 Andrea Wasserman
Feb 18, 2018 Karen Atkinson
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Feb 17, 2018 Elena Aliverti
Feb 16, 2018 Julie Smahaj What goes around always comes back around.
Feb 16, 2018 REBECCA AHLSTROM It is unbelievable to me what the human mind can come up with and consider it sport! THIS IS BEYOND intolerable and should be outlawed!!! HORSES? These majestic creatures used for such barbaric sport? OH GOD HAVE MERCY!
Feb 16, 2018 Milica Mirsaitova
Feb 16, 2018 Toni Kellner
Feb 15, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 15, 2018 Nicole Lee-Faith
Feb 14, 2018 Christine Covindassamy
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Vatrina Faudree
Feb 11, 2018 Caren Ferris
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) Ignorant people are cruel to animals and you need to Protect the animals forced to fight for entertainment!
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 9, 2018 Jane Davidson
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2018 Patrina Van Sky This is a disgusting practice! Barbaric and inhuman! Please make it stop!
Feb 7, 2018 Dr. Greta Hunter
Feb 7, 2018 barbara gale
Jan 27, 2018 Susan Briggs
Jan 24, 2018 Leslie Shellberg
Jan 23, 2018 Francisca Brechbuhler
Jan 21, 2018 Christopher Lang
Jan 20, 2018 Felicia Wilson
Jan 18, 2018 Lois McElwee
Jan 15, 2018 KAREN b
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 11, 2018 Sandra Tucker
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 9, 2018 Barbara Frolik
Jan 9, 2018 Beth Hukill
Jan 9, 2018 Linda Gruber I never knew about this. Now that I do I can't begin to understand how this is thought of as entertainment. What is wrong with people?!
Jan 7, 2018 megan sammy

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