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feb16.2013Congress approves bill strengthening the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines

feb16.2013Congress approves bill strengthening the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines

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Congress approves bill strengthening the
Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines
Congress approves bill strengthening the
Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines

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Congress approves bill strengthening theAnimal Welfare Act of the Philippines
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure promoting and protecting the welfare of all animals in the Philippines by increasing the penalties on violations of animal welfare offenses to deter individuals from violating thelaw.House Bill 6893 penalizes violators with a maximum imprisonment of 2 yearsand/or a fine not exceeding P100,000, if the animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect dies.If an animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect survives but is severelyinjured with loss of its natural faculty to survive on its own and needing humanintervention to sustain its life, violators will be penalized with 1 year and 6 monthsimprisonment and/or fined not exceeding P50,000.Also, a lesser fine of P30,000 and 6 months imprisonment will be meted anyviolators who subject any animal to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect but without causingits death or incapacitating it to survive on its own.The bill amends Republic Act No. 8485 otherwise known as “An Act To PromoteAnimal Welfare In The Philippines, Otherwise Known As “The Animal Welfare Act Of 1998,” which provides for a penalty of imprisonment of not less than 6 months nor morethan 2 years or a fine of not less than P1,000 nor more than P5,000 or both at thediscretion of the court.Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon), one of the principalauthors of the measure, said cruel acts against animals abound in social networking sitesand in cyberspace.She attributed the perpetrators’ blatant disregard of the law to its measly fines and provision that allows animal offenders to serve their sentences out of jail, on parole.“It is time that we Filipinos are recognized for our compassion to animals as thisevokes the finest elements of our humanity. To be firm and resolute in condemning and punishing acts which show utter disregard for life protects our society from deterioratinginto one whose people are less humane towards each other. Animal welfare directlytranslates to human welfare,” Herrera-Dy said.The bill aims to give greater representation to the animal welfare movement or 
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