There are over 200 cats and 70 dogs at PARC (PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center). There are no enforcement mechanisms for failure to adhere to animal welfare law or duty of care of these facilities to animals under Administrative Order No. Administrative Order No. Further protections are included such as competitors are not allowed to treat animals in any way that causes injury or harm. The same Administrative Order covering companion animals such as cats and dogs also covers wild animals kept as pets.However, wild animals kept in private homes can never thrive. The order specifies that those undertaking the slaughter of animals for food must be trained and accredited by both the Bureau of Animal Industry and the National Meat Inspection Commission. All of them have been through cruelty, neglect, and pain. Phoenix Animal Welfare, Adoption & Education Center Visit the Shelter. The Animal Welfare Act of 1998 sets a foundation for protecting animal welfare and the issues associated with the suffering of animals in the Philippines. • The Government is encouraged to build on the recognition of the principles of the Five Freedoms that appears in the recent revision to the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, and on the current regulations which make some provision for environmental enrichment, to develop more detailed regulations that provide for captive animals to be able to express normal behaviour and to provide for their psychological as well as physical well-being. • The Government is encouraged to incorporate a formal recognition of sentience into legislation, with appropriate legal protection based on that recognition, and to ensure that all animals for whom there is scientific evidence – at a minimum, all vertebrates, cephalopods and decapods crustaceans - are included in the recognition of sentience. This includes rodeos, horse racing, circuses and other travelling shows and cock-fighting. • Recognising that the psychological and behavioural needs of marine mammals cannot be met in captivity, the Government is strongly encouraged to ban the keeping, display and breeding of marine mammals in captivity so that these animals constitute the last generation in captivity in the country. SECTION 1. The final phase of the ‘Improved Animal Welfare Programme’ in the Philippines was completed in May 2013. While the experiment approval committees are asked to consider the 3 Rs Principles in their decision-making, there is no onus on researchers to consider the 3 Rs Principles or animal welfare in designing their experiments. Similarly, the voltage of electric prods is also defined as well as circumstances for usage. Administrative Order No. Beyond the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 and Administrative Order No. However, the Act does not prohibit some cruel activities, for example cockfighting. CONTACT US. The PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center serves as a temporary refuge for animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. Under Order No. 10 of 2005, penalties for breach of the law are aligned with the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. • The Government of the Philippines is encouraged to extend Administrative Order No. This is required to be done through humane procedures at all times, where “humane procedures” means the use of the most “scientific methods available as may be determined and approved by the Committee”. 40 of 1999. The Animal Welfare Act of 1998 does not specifically reference the OIE’s standards, however it shows some progress in promoting the themes in the OIE’s guiding principles and animal welfare standards. Administrative Order No. It is positive to see that the Five Freedoms have been embedded across legislation and administrative orders relating to companion animals. There are no structural barriers to improving animal welfare and prohibiting cruelty to animals under the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. Current legislation allows for the culling of stray animals; however, culling has been proven to be ineffective as an animal population management tool. Animal Welfare governance is spread across multiple Government Departments including the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 8 of 1999, there are further Administrative Orders governing the use of animals in some forms of entertainment. The Animal Welfare Act of 1998 is applicable to this category of animals as stated in Administrative Order No. 8485, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT OF 1998″ • The Government is strongly urged to develop Administrative Orders with regulations aligned to OIE standards for other farm animal species including cattle and wild farmed species. The Act does not define which animals are protected by this provision, but Section 1 states that the purpose of the Act is to protect and promote the welfare of all animals by regulating facilities using animals as objects of trade or as household pets. Under the order, small companion animals are defined as dogs, cats, birds, small reptiles and other animals that can be kept in the household. Conduct extension support, education and trainings, consultative meetings and conferences on matters related to animal health and welfare development for RFO/LGU personnel and other stakeholders. Recommend to the BAI Director the suspension/cancellation of the registration/license of erring animal facilities. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled. 15 to provide clarification on adequate rest time, weight carriage and working temperature parameters. • The Government of the Philippines is strongly encouraged to promote humane dog population management, which relies on promoting responsible ownership, mass dog vaccinations and reproduction control programmes. Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 makes provision for imprisonment (of between 6 months and 2 years) and/or monetary fines for violation of provisions of the Act. Although this wording is positive and is in line with good international principles on animal welfare, it is not currently reflected in the substantive provisions of the Act. By working together with the OIE on various key issues relating to animal health and welfare, animal welfare is recognised as an independent issue and its recognition as a mainstream concern for society in the Philippines is being progressed. 21 all puppies shall be properly vaccinated before sale, and all dogs and cats are to be identified through either microchipping or tattoo. It is positive that zoos must have a licence to operate, and that such a licence cannot be given if that facility causes pain or suffering to animals. While the Five Freedoms are included in some Administrative Orders, the language used varies with some demanding adherence and others ‘consideration’. It is noted that the October 2013 amendments to the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 include an explanation of animal welfare as pertaining to the physical and psychological well-being of animals, and including the avoidance of abuse, maltreatment, cruelty and exploitation by humans by maintaining appropriate standards and the assurance of freedom from fear, distress, harassment, and unnecessary discomfort and pain, and allowing animals to express normal behaviour (section 1). The Committee on Animal Welfare formed under the Act is based in the Department of Agriculture and provides a strong platform for improving farm animal welfare in the country. It is the purpose of this Act to protect and promote the welfare of all terrestrial, aquatic and marine animals in the Philippines by supervising and regulating the establishment and operations of all facilitiesutilized for breeding, maintaining, keeping, treating or … The Animal Welfare Act of 1998 guarantees that any facility commercially using animals can only be licenced if they do not cause suffering to animals. The Order requires that farms where the temperature cannot be controlled within set limits (that is, not indoor temperature-controlled housing) and zoos must be managed by qualified staff who are able to undertake behavioural observation to ensure that no pain or suffering is experienced by the animals (section 3.2.3 and 3.2.5). WE DO NOT HAVE BRANCHES ANYWHERE ELSE. It shall be the duty of any owner or operator of any land, air or water public utility transporting pet, … Section 5 of the Act establishes the Committee on Animal Welfare (attached to the Department of Agriculture) that is given the responsibility of providing standards and guidelines to complement the legislation. The Department of Agriculture has jurisdiction over all fish, invertebrates and marine mammals (except the dugong). 40 states that euthanasia of animals should be done rapidly and humanely and includes a number of different methods i.e. This does not extend to suffering caused by failure to act. Efforts should be made to release animals into their natural habitat. It is prohibited to inflict injury that cripples and/or impairs the reproductive systems of wild animals, or otherwise to maltreat or inflict injuries to wild animals. A veterinarian of AHWD conducting blood collection to Poultry (Duck) Farm for Local Transport and Farm Accreditation. • The Government is urged to use stunning methods which are the most humane, according to the species, in order to prevent distress to the animals. 21 of 2003 to apply to all commercial and at-home breeders, in addition to pet shops. The sanctuary is a safe haven to 650 homeless animals. Republic of the Philippines Congress of the Philippines Metro Manila Fifteenth Congress Third Regular Session. This Administrative Order No. The commercial breeding of wild animals is also allowed in legislation. It is noted that the October 2013 amendments to the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 include an explanation of animal welfare as pertaining to the physical and psychological well-being of animals, and including the avoidance of abuse, maltreatment, cruelty and exploitation by humans by maintaining appropriate standards and the assurance of freedom from fear, distress, harassment, and unnecessary discomfort and pain, and allowing animals to express normal behaviour (section 1). Some wild animal species such as camels, saltwater crocodiles and Philippine deer are excluded from the provisions under Act No. The modern, industrialized way in which we produce meat, eggs and other animal products has turned animals into units of production, subject to inhumane treatment, terrible living conditions and cruel deaths. Collection of threatened species is allowed for the purposes of scientific research, breeding or propagation. 21 also governs the procedure and methods for stunning and is repetitive in its use of “humane manner”. Section 4.3.2 further embeds the Five Freedoms by clarifying that natural behaviours of animals should not be curtailed. While dog and horse fighting are explicitly banned under the Animal Welfare Act (1998), other cruel animal entertainments are loosely regulated. This on-line event will be hosted by Heart Evangelista and Chico Garcia. The continuation of “Animal Welfare Week” since 2004 suggests a high-level political will to improve animal welfare across the country, as does their ongoing commitment to CITES and the new Wildlife Law Enforcement Action Plan. Section 15 allows for the collection and utilization of wildlife for scientific research; however, it does not limit or clarify what type of scientific research is allowed under the Act. Although it does not explicitly state that animals are sentient, Republic Act No. Section 8 of the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 makes provision for imprisonment (of between 6 months and 2 years) and/or monetary fines for violation of any provisions of the Act. A veterinarian of AHWD conducting an inspection to an Animal Facility for Animal Welfare Accreditation. Â. There is no policy or legislation related specifically to the rearing of dairy cattle and calves. 21 also provides provisions which will result in improved animal welfare at point of slaughter such as the banning of sticks, metal pipes, clubs, pointed objects or gates (2.2.1/2) to move livestock. (02) 7577-7178 (temporary ECQ#) Please note that this number is used mainly for scheduling spay/neuter appointments, and is often busy. Administrative Order No. This goal assesses whether animal sentience has been recognised in legislation and explores the core legislative protections granted to animals, such as the prohibition of animal cruelty. The Philippines Animal Welfare Society. Administrative Order No. Punishments vary depending on if a species is threatened, vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered. Its aim was to prevent future animal losses for communities whose farm animals were suffering in Haiyan’s aftermath through lack of shelter and protection. Develop and produce information, education and communication (IEC) materials for animal health and welfare programs. In November 2013, the 28th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania was held in Cebu in the Philippines. Administrative Order No. Â. Additionally, other Governmental departments and stakeholders are brought into animal welfare as an issue through the Committee on Animal Welfare, which is responsible for writing and maintaining the guidelines and standards for animal welfare in the country and for authorising scientific research on animals under section 6 of the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. However, the Wildlife Law Enforcement Action Plan is yet to be published and therefore is unable to be assessed at time of writing. These strategies are an attempt by the Philippine Government to curb the illegal wildlife trade for which the Philippines is a consumer, source and transport hub. The Government is also recommended to revise and reassess all Administrative Orders that impact animal welfare to ensure they are aligned with modern OIE standards and current scientific thinking. Section 7 also stipulates that indigenous people may collect wildlife for traditional purposes but not primarily for trade. 41 of 2000  concerns the minimum standards for the welfare of pigs. AWC is one of the main groups responsible for helping Kabang, the mixed breed dog from Zamboanga who lost her snout while saving the lives of her master’s children. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has been dedicated to the protection of animals and the promotion of humane treatment since 1954. Cultural traditions and societal practices in the Philippines that demonstrate a lack of regard for animal sentience, such as cockfighting and the presence of marine mammals in captive conditions present barriers to improving animal welfare and demonstrate a general lack of recognition of animal sentience by society.   Â. Administrative Order No. Efforts should be made to release animals into their natural habitat. • The Government of the Philippines is encouraged to include representatives from animal welfare organisations on the national and regional Wildlife Management Committees. There is no policy or legislation related to fur farming. The general anti-cruelty and duty of care provisions in section 6 of the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 apply to this category of animals. Vision PAWS is a credible nationwide non-profit organization, composed of a network of committed, compassionate and trustworthy individuals and institutions that initiates and leads in the promotion of animal welfare, and the protection of all … There are significant barriers to improving captive animal welfare in the country owing to the willingness of the Bureau of Animal Industry to allow entertainment shows involving the use of wild animals and to grant permission for the keeping of dolphins in captivity, and the cultural acceptance of the use of such animals in entertainment. 18 of 2008 provides support for provisions in Administrative Order No. 41 refers to the concept of the Five Freedoms and is applicable to all pigs reliant on humans for survival. The departments and representatives identified in the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 and in the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act assist with the consideration of animal welfare issues at high government level in the Philippines. Section 7 states that no dog or cat should be displayed for more than 14 days but does not provide direction as to what should happen to those animals after the 14-day period. The authority for protection of wild animals is split across multiple departments and Government ministries which has the potential to limit the effectiveness of animal welfare law. However, there are no penalty provisions for violations contained within Administrative Order No.19. The Act aligns with CITES conservation status and proactively differentiates between animal species with different status. • The Government of the Philippines is encouraged to include representatives from animal welfare organisations on the Wildlife Management Committees. The Government is urged to engage with the International Companion Animal Management (ICAM) coalition to learn about and implement their dog population management methodology. Administrative Order No. Breach of the requirements of the Administrative Order 15 of 2001 on the welfare of horses is punishable in accordance with law RA 8485 (section 15 of the Order). (RA 8485 as amended by RA 10631) *amendments are in bold letters. Responsibility for animals during transport is divided (under Section 3) between animal owners, managers and subcontractors and animal caretakers/handlers. There are no limitations on the type of research allowed to be conducted on animals (both domestic and wild) and animals used for veterinary products are not provided further protections in supplementary Administrative Orders, nor are invertebrates offered any protections beyond the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. 9 of 2011, while regulating the methods of euthanasia for companion animals, including that euthanasia is required to take into consideration that animals be free from physical discomfort, pain, fear and distress; allows it to be undertaken for the purpose of animal population control (Section 5.2.c) – however this is only to be done by a licensed veterinarian. The Committee on Animal Welfare is responsible for the development of guidelines and standards for animal care. Dog and horse fighting are banned outright in the Animal Welfare Act (1998), whereas cockfighting is not. 2 of 2002  also provides provisions and care regulations for the transport of animals by sea and air. 32 of 2000  regarding dog shows states that shows must adhere to the Five Freedoms. Additionally, section 4 makes it the duty of any transport owner or operator to provide adequate, clean and sanitary facilities for safe transport, together with sufficient food and water for animals in transit for more than 12 hours or whenever necessary. Note: The UDAW is a proposed formal international acknowledgement of a set of principles giving animal welfare due recognition among governments and the international community. 18 of 2008  provides provisions for slaughterhouses and other similar facilities in the humane handling of animals for slaughter. Similarly, guidelines on chicken and pig rearing, transport and slaughter were written to align with OIE standards. The Administrative Order states that the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Institute of Laboratory Research, National Research Council, USA is applicable for animals used in scientific research in the Philippines.Section 6 of Administrative Order No. Under Administrative Order No. 15 of 2001, to address the welfare of working animals, aligning with OIE standards. Protections for animals under Administrative Order No. It is the purpose of this Act to protect and promote the welfare of all terrestrial, aquatic and marine animals in the Philippines by supervising and regulating the establishment and operations of all facilities utilized for breeding, maintaining, keeping, treating or training of all animals either as objects of trade or as household pets. However, the recognition in section 1 of the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, that animals need to be able to express normal behaviour and to have their psychological as well as physical needs met, as well as the existing regulations on registration of zoos, may provide a route by which improvements can be made in this area. • The Government is urged to mandate the use of the most humane techniques for euthanasia, according to the species concerned, in order to prevent distress to the animals. 8 of 1999 makes rules on the registration of facilities including laboratory animal facilities, although it only applies to such facilities where the temperature cannot be controlled within set limits (therefore it appears that this does not cover temperature-controlled indoor facilities). Under Philippine law there are also inconsistencies. PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) Aurora Blvd. The order requires the attendance of two Animal Welfare Marshalls at each event as well as an inspection of all animals by a qualified veterinarian. SECTION 1. Animal welfare provisions within Administrative Order No. NEWS & EVENTS: RESOURCES: CAREERS. The cultural acceptance of these practices acts as a significant barrier to improving animal welfare in the Philippines. Administrative Order No. 25 of 2007 . The anti-cruelty provision in section 6 does not extend protection to wild animals (unless captive) as they protected under the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act (2001). Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) PAWS is a volunteer-based non-government organization whose goal is to prevent animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering and advocacy. Represented on the Committee on Animal Welfare are the Department of Agriculture and the National Meat Inspection Commission as well as animal protection organisations. Accredit breeder farms, swine centers and providers, and animal technicians in accordance with Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP). The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Bureau of Animal Industry and some participating State Universities and Colleges of the Philippines for Animal Health held at the Animal Health Training and Information Center on April 21, 2017. An Act to promote animal welfare in the Philippines, otherwise known as “The Animal Welfare Act of 1998”. • The Government of the Philippines is urged to prohibit the organisation of and attendance to entertainment events causing animal suffering. In fact, many of the supporting Administrative Orders supporting animal welfare legislation are more than a decade old. Certificates for commercial facilities can be revoked or cancelled for failure to comply with the condition that the facilities will not be used for, nor will they cause, pain or suffering to animals (section 2). There is some evidence of any barriers to improving animal welfare related to the OIE’s guiding principles and animal welfare standards in the Philippines, for example, because of the ongoing issues regarding management of stray cat and dog populations. Adopt a Cat from Kath. Breach of the prohibition on killing wild animals under section 27(a) of the Act is punishable with imprisonment of between six months and twelve years and/or fines, depending on the conservation status of the animal (section 28).Any wildlife involved in breaches to the law are automatically forfeited to the Government for care. , many of the Act does not directly support subsistence i.e actively works with CITES conservation and. 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