Heart Evangelista, Carla Abellana, Agot Isidro Angered at Doghang Campaign

  • September 14, 2018
  • INSIDESHOWBIZ.PH TEAM

Earlier this week, the infamous “Dog”Hang campaign by Barangay Capri, Novaliches Quezon City circulated on Facebook. The animal control campaign wanted dog owners to surrender their dogs to the local dog pound. Apparently, the campaign encourages dog owners pet abandonment instead of responsible pet ownership.

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Not long after, the barangay’s Facebook post (which is now deleted), went viral. The netizens are enraged by the said campaign. Moreover, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) released an official statement containing their dismay for the campaign.

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PAWS CONDEMNS OPLAN “DOG" HANG.🚫 After reviewing reports about a campaign by Barangay Capri, Novaliches QC, here is our official statement on the issue. The use of the term "dog"-hang whether as an allusion to “tokhang” (used colloquially to mean "to summarily kill someone") or as a way to encourage violent acts towards animals (ie. “hang”) as a means of animal control is wrong. Animal control or collection of strays must be done humanely under the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485, as amended by RA 10631). Using “tokhang” to refer to the killing or rounding up of animals who have not committed any crime is unfair and ignorant. Its message is also dangerous and irresponsible as the poster gives the impression that inhumane acts towards strays are acceptable. By telling the public to surrender their animals to the pound, Barangay Capri officials encourage pet abandonment instead of educating them to become responsible pet owners. RA 9482 or the Anti Rabies Act already specifies what pet owners must do (aside from getting their pets regularly vaccinated): they should keep their dogs enclosed safely within their yard. Owned dogs, as a general rule, should not be allowed to roam the streets freely. They should only leave the owner’s property on a leash or under the effective control of their owner. If there are violations in this regard, it is the human owner that should be be penalized and not the animals. Barangay Capri claims that the LGU regularly coordinates with PAWS and other animal welfare groups about adoptions. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Animal welfare shelters are not repositories of stray animals. PAWS focuses on the prevention of pet homelessness through education, lobbying and spay-neuter. Pounds do not regularly coordinate with animal welfare groups because they are well aware of the difference between animal control and animal welfare and their areas of responsibility. Sadly, majority of the strays collected by pounds are put to death/euthanized because hardly any one goes to the pound to adopt a dog. PAWS believes in due process for all human and non-human animals. “Tokhang” is not acceptable. For our complete statement, please PAWS fb page.

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Not only that, celebrities, who are outspoken in their advocacy for the animals, also spoke up on the issue.

Heart Evangelista, who has a great love for Aspins and a spokesperson for PAWS, tweeted her disagreement to the campaign:

Meanwhile, Carla Abellana calls out the officials on the poster through an Instagram post:

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Mr. Christian Cando, Ms. Agnes Cando and Mr. Arnie Cando, sorry but you should be ashamed of putting your names and faces on the poster of this illegal campaign. Hindi po kayo dapat proud for putting together an illegal act and miseducating your local citizens. #NoToAnimalCruelty . Repost from @pawsphilippines – PAWS CONDEMNS OPLAN “DOG" HANG.🚫 After reviewing reports about a campaign by Barangay Capri, Novaliches QC, here is our official statement on the issue. The use of the term "dog"-hang whether as an allusion to “tokhang” (used colloquially to mean "to summarily kill someone") or as a way to encourage violent acts towards animals (ie. “hang”) as a means of animal control is wrong. Animal control or collection of strays must be done humanely under the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485, as amended by RA 10631). Using “tokhang” to refer to the killing or rounding up of animals who have not committed any crime is unfair and ignorant. Its message is also dangerous and irresponsible as the poster gives the impression that inhumane acts towards strays are acceptable. By telling the public to surrender their animals to the pound, Barangay Capri officials encourage pet abandonment instead of educating them to become responsible pet owners. RA 9482 or the Anti Rabies Act already specifies what pet owners must do (aside from getting their pets regularly vaccinated): they should keep their dogs enclosed safely within their yard. Owned dogs, as a general rule, should not be allowed to roam the streets freely. They should only leave the owner’s property on a leash or under the effective control of their owner. If there are violations in this regard, it is the human owner that should be be penalized and not the animals. Barangay Capri claims that the LGU regularly coordinates with PAWS and other animal welfare groups about adoptions. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Animal welfare shelters are not repositories of stray animals. PAWS focuses on the prevention of pet homelessness through education, lobbying and spay-neuter. Pounds do not regularly coordinate with animal welfare groups because they are well aware of the difference between animal control and animal welfare and their are

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Meanwhile, Agot Isidro also tweeted her anger at the campaign. Not only that, she also noticed that the officials are of the same surname and said: “Alam na!”

If you also disagree with the campaign and are pro responsible pet ownership just like these celebrities, head on to PAWS.org.ph to learn more about animal advocacy. You may also apply for volunteer work and homeless animals adoption to interact with the loving cats and dogs of PAWS.

 

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