Many people seem to think there are no laws on animal welfare in the Philippines. However there are laws in the Philippines against maltreatment of animals, they also cover many other things such as shelter, and adequate care. The laws all come under the Animal Welfare Act of 1998.
If you become aware of cruelty to animals in progress phone the police hotline 117 or report it to the Barangay, example of when to phone the police is if someone is inflicting harm on an animal, if they are buying or selling dogs for meat, or they are butchering a dog, all are serious offences under the Animal Welfare Act Philippines.
The only way cruelty of Animals in the Philippines can be stopped is by members of the public reporting the cruelty. The Philippines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) does its best to prosecute offenders but without eyewitnesses, it is almost impossible.
When you report animal cruelty be sure to make note of the date and time it happened, the exact location and the people involved in the cruelty, if you do not know their names try to get a description and if possible photos or a video, but do not put yourself at risk, you can also call the police and hopefully they can arrive in time to catch them in the act. You will need to execute an affidavit.
PAWS does need your help to enforce the Animal Welfare Act Philippines. Contact PAWS
Any person who violates any of the provisions of the Act shall, upon conviction be punished by imprisonment of not less than 6 months to 2 years or a fine or not less than 1,000 pesos and not more than 5,000 pesos or both at the Court’s discretion.
AN ACT TO PROMOTE ANIMAL WELFARE IN THE PHILIPPINES, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF 1998”
AN ACT AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8485, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF 1998″