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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

Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 17, 2017 marina danilova
Sep 17, 2017 Candy Duncan
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 15, 2017 Jeannette remak As a horsewoman I find this practice appalling!!! What, pit bulls weren't bad enough?? NOW you need horses???!!! get a life, leave our horses alone!!
Sep 15, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Sep 14, 2017 Corrina Parker
Sep 14, 2017 Lin Oliver
Sep 14, 2017 Joke Brussen
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Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Jackie Enright
Sep 14, 2017 Tanya Lenn
Sep 14, 2017 christine Henri
Sep 13, 2017 Saddie Al
Sep 13, 2017 de car
Sep 13, 2017 Karine Landers inhumane and must be stopped
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 Monika Jakubik
Sep 13, 2017 Jacqueline Rule
Sep 13, 2017 Nichole Canino Mellerke
Sep 13, 2017 Bill Rubin
Sep 13, 2017 Marilyn Appleby
Sep 13, 2017 Debra Lichstein
Sep 13, 2017 Sandy Gagnon
Sep 11, 2017 John LaRochelle
Sep 11, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Sep 11, 2017 Tanya Roland
Sep 11, 2017 Belle Prince
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 11, 2017 Zarja Frančiška Gošnik
Sep 11, 2017 cali cheshelski
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 10, 2017 Christina Ardolino
Sep 10, 2017 Nancy Cunningham This is horrific--I have never heard anything about this!!
Sep 10, 2017 Dennis Gaida This horrific!!
Sep 10, 2017 Adrienne Friederich
Sep 9, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 8, 2017 Pat Redner
Sep 8, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Sep 7, 2017 Jill Osment
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Sep 7, 2017 Jessica Fiore
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 fiona curran

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