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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 27, 2017 Sara Vilhena
May 27, 2017 John Chambers
May 27, 2017 Tiffany Blenis
May 27, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 27, 2017 Jean Mackeurtan That is disgraceful and cruel
May 26, 2017 Nina Minsky
May 26, 2017 Suzanne Lebon BAN ANIMAL CRUELTY . . URGENT . . . . . PLEASE HELP Pangolins !!!!! Sign and share… 1. Save Pangolins from the Illegal Wildlife Trade!
May 26, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
May 26, 2017 dawn longo
May 26, 2017 Roswitha Marcuzzi Humans are the most horrible creatures
May 24, 2017 Anne Griffin
May 24, 2017 Cathy Cummings
May 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2017 Linda McGowan
May 24, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
May 24, 2017 Maria Ballester
May 24, 2017 Lise Kastigar
May 23, 2017 Thao Vu
May 23, 2017 Joei Fische I am appalled by this disgusting treatment of horses! It's time to hold those involved in horse fighting accountable for their illegal acts!
May 23, 2017 Nora Etkin
May 23, 2017 Gail Hanford
May 23, 2017 Carolyn Virgulak
May 23, 2017 Susan Holland
May 23, 2017 Johanna Silverstein
May 23, 2017 Hilde Saeys
May 23, 2017 Marge Schwartz
May 23, 2017 Megan Ryan
May 23, 2017 cate Abicht
May 23, 2017 Agneta Gulz
May 23, 2017 Kathy Magne
May 23, 2017 Helga Jelus
May 22, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
May 22, 2017 carmen zehm
May 21, 2017 Tina Quinones
May 21, 2017 Lorraine Clemens
May 20, 2017 Jade Scileppi Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. - Stewart Udall
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2017 Terri Lynch
May 19, 2017 Kayna Warren
May 18, 2017 Deborah Gifoli
May 18, 2017 Heather Wiegand
May 18, 2017 Cher Hester Enforce the law you made nearly 20 years ago!!
May 18, 2017 siam benji hey u fucking filipinos,,,stop acting like savages....
May 17, 2017 Alisa Dunn
May 17, 2017 (Name not displayed) Staging fights of any animal should be prohibited, be they dogs, roosters, horses or whatever, also humans against animals, such as bullfights. We need to respect all animal life.
May 17, 2017 lisa hearn
May 16, 2017 Lisa Cruz
May 16, 2017 Sue Johnston
May 16, 2017 Elizabeth Jones This needs to stop, it is cruel and unnecessary just like the so called sport of horse tripping, cock fighting and dog fighting. Let humans fight - they have a voice and a choice. We are the voice for the animals and we say STOP ALL ANIMAL FIGHTING.

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