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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


Apr 23, 2018 Amy Gibson
Apr 23, 2018 Viviane Vanbuggenhout
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 Judy Ziegler
Apr 22, 2018 Gina Lippa
Apr 21, 2018 siegrid berman
Apr 19, 2018 Lynda Busardo
Apr 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 19, 2018 Julie Minton
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 17, 2018 Valerie Charbonneau
Apr 16, 2018 Linda Payne
Apr 15, 2018 Dianne Dungay
Apr 15, 2018 Barbara Vinson The illegal practice of horse fighting must be prosecuted by your government and its laws enforced.
Apr 15, 2018 susan shawket
Apr 15, 2018 Barbara Buckley
Apr 15, 2018 Nicolette Stan
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2018 Brenda Hoffman
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Carrara
Apr 14, 2018 leigh barry
Apr 14, 2018 Amy Regan
Apr 14, 2018 pat rollo
Apr 14, 2018 Stacey Smith What will humans Not do to Animals for their own Greed!! Disgusting!
Apr 14, 2018 Pam Allie Thomas
Apr 14, 2018 Robin Kreiner
Apr 14, 2018 Donna Larschan
Apr 14, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
Apr 14, 2018 Nicole Fish
Apr 13, 2018 Amanda Bunger
Apr 13, 2018 Shelby Heimbach
Apr 13, 2018 Stephanie Kirkbride Why does the penalty depend on whether or not the horse dies? Anyone involved should be punished to the fullest extent no matter what.
Apr 13, 2018 Amy Nations
Apr 13, 2018 Peter Fell
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Elizabeth Fernandez
Apr 13, 2018 Carol Kaslander
Apr 13, 2018 Becky Turnbull
Apr 13, 2018 Karen Baker
Apr 13, 2018 Racquel Colinares
Apr 13, 2018 Mike Grant
Apr 13, 2018 Jan Hansen
Apr 13, 2018 Elaine Eudy
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Richard Svensson
Apr 13, 2018 Ingrid Cerqueni
Apr 13, 2018 Karen Sands
Apr 13, 2018 sue cox

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