Heart Evangelista says QC pet ownership ordinance promotes pet abandonment

Heart Evangelista, who is an animal lover, says the Quezon City ordinance limiting the number of pet animals is promoting pet abandonment.


Muling ipinost ni Heart Evangelista ang kanyang opinyon hinggil sa naipasang ordinansa sa Quezon City na naglilimita sa bilang ng mga alagang hayop, kagaya ng aso at pusa, sa isang tahanan.

Pinirmahan na ni Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista nitong Lunes, April 13, ang Ordinance No. 2386 o Comprehensive Animal Regulation and Control, na naglilimita sa apat na alagang aso at pusa sa bawat bahay sa QC.

Ang may-akda ng nasabing ordinasa—na may adhikaing mabawasan ang mga nakakagat ng asong nagtataglay ng rabies—ay sina Councilors Jessica Castelo-Daza at Raquel Malañgen.

Para naman sa mga residenteng gustong magkaroon ng mas maraming alaga, higit sa itinakdang bilang, kailangan nilang kumuha ng permit at magbayad ng P500.

Sa kabila ng magandang intensiyon ng nasabing ordinansa, umalma rito ang pet lovers at animal welfare organizations, kagaya ng PAWS o Philippine Animal Welfare Society, isang non-government organization na may adbokasiyang labanan ang animal cruelty.

Isa rin ang actress-TV host na si Heart Evangelista sa mga hindi sang-ayon sa ipinasang city ordinance.

Noong Lunes, April 13, nag-post sa kanyang Instagram account ang Kapuso star ng kanyang sentimyento tungkol sa nasabing ordinansa at muli niya itong ipinost ngayong Miyerkules, April 15.

Sabi ni Heart, dahil sa Ordinance No. 2386, may pet lovers na aabandonahin ang kanilang mga alaga.

“It promotes dog/cat lovers to abandon their dogs no matter what age and how long they have had the dog/cat in their home.

“I’d like to think that they had good intentions in passing the ordinance and while I agree with some of its provisions... Animal welfare is not about this.

“Abandonment of dogs/cats is punishable by law and this totally goes against it.

“Pet abandonment is a crime under amended AWA,” na ang tinutukoy ay ang Animal Welfare Act.

“If people are imposed [with] penalties or fees for having more than four pets... this may increase the incidence of pet abandonments...

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“PAWS wasn't consulted on this (they didn't get invited to any hearing and if there was a public hearing at all, they didn't know about it).

“So hopefully they can postpone signing off on the ordinance until at least all stakeholders have been consulted.

“There are many animal lovers that will be affected negatively by this ordinance because they are currently keeping more than 4 pets and a lot of them aren't breeders or businessmen but people with kind hearts who took in a homeless stray...”

Id like to think that they had good intentions in passing the ordinance and while I agree with some of its provisions...Animal welfare is not about this. Abandonment of dogs/cats is punishable by law and this totally goes against it. It promotes dog/cat lovers to abandon their dogs no matter what age and how long they have had the dog/cat in their home. Pet abandonment is a crime under amended AWA. If people are imposed penalties or fees for having more than four pets...this may increase the incidence of pet abandonments... PAWS wasn't consulted on this (they didn't get invited to any hearing and if there was a public hearing at all, they didn't know about it). So Hopefully they can postpone signing off on the ordinance until at least all stakeholders have been consulted. There are many animal lovers that will be affected negatively by this ordinance because they are currently keeping more than 4 pets and a lot of them aren't breeders or businessmen but people with kind hearts who took in a homeless stray...

A photo posted by Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero (@iamhearte) onApr 13, 2015 at 3:56am PDT

Samantala, ipinahayag naman ng PAWS na hindi sila pabor sa nasabing ordinansa.

Bahagi ng statement ng PAWS: “The ordinance is unclear, promotes pet abandonment—which is a violation of The Animal Welfare Act—and infringes on pet owners’ rights to property and their right to privacy.”


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