Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Movie Oro. Dog Cruelty. Alvin Yapan. Mark Shandii Bacolod. Friends for the Protection of Animals.


Position Statement on Oro
The Friends for the Protection of Animals are opposed to the use of any animal for the purposes of entertainment, labor, experimentation, or as captive exhibits. We believe in their natural born rights to freedom and an unencumbered life, rights that are no less valuable or unalienable as our rights as humans.
In this light, we condemn the bludgeoning death of a dog, perhaps two as alleged by an insider, for dramatic purposes in the film, Oro. We abhor the insensitivity of the cast and crew whose apathy to an animal's suffering, coupled with their desire for personal glory and industry recognition, moved us to ponder just how deep can human depravity sink. We question their responsibility to decency and compassion which evidently they heeded to cinematic expediency. Reported responses to the press reveal that there was never any compunction to do so.
We consider the killings to be a violation of the Animal Welfare Act which prohibits cruel and exploitative acts upon animals. We hold the cast and crew, particularly decision-makers like Alvin Yapan, Director, and Mark Shandii Bacolod, Producer, responsible for the animal cruelty.
The Friends for the Protection of Animals support the efforts of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to bring these individuals to court. We will provide any assistance we can muster. We encourage all those who witnessed, or know any information, tangentially or directly, to offer their assistance to PAWS as well.
Animal welfare is not only your government, an NGO's, or someone else's responsibility. Animal welfare is everybody's business.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Ringling Bros. Elephant Acts to be Abolished. Nothing to be Excited About. March 2014.




This is today's big news. It is all over the newspapers. Different animal rights organizations have made their respective announcements. Many people, particularly animal right advocates are celebrating. No reason to celebrate, sorry

If you believe that Ringling can commit an act that benefits their enslaved animals, any animal for that matter, I have a tall building on 34th Street to sell you. Altruism is not the motivating factor, but their profits. Why three years from now? If they have the money to keep the elephants for three more years, they certainly have the money to release them to sanctuaries NOW. It's a ploy to lull AR groups into a state of complacency, and ease up on the pressure. 

I don't think that will happen. The AR groups will persists simply because elephants are not the only enslaved animals in circuses. All of them have to be sent home for us to truly celebrate a victory. As for now, Ringling will tread water and watch if their image will recover, and the gullible public will return to their shows. That's the reason for the three years. 

Ringling is playing rope-a-dope, resting between rounds. They will renege on their word as soon as their profits show signs of recovery. We really have no leverage against them except the momentum we have built against their shows. Let's not let Ringling play us like a piano. The animals are depending on our grit and resolve.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Circuses Deludes the People




Truth be told, there is no circus animal who wakes up in the morning and declares to all that she wants to stand on her front legs, balance on a ball, or perform in a conga line...

An animal's performance of an act that is inherently unnatural to her comes from a mentality like, " I'll do what you command. Just don't beat me."

Anyone who pays for a ticket at the circus is part of this cruelty. Entertain yourselves in some other way than watching animals perform tricks.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Sochi. Russia. Winter Olympics 2014. Stray Animal Cull.


It seems that a cleansing of animals, a culling of the stray dog population of Sochi, Russia is underway in preparation for the Winter Olympics.  When humans plan on tidying up, they often end up with some sort of mass killing of animals. They cull the cities of strays (Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey et al), the oceans of sharks (Australia), and the woods of black bears and deer (New Jersey). It's always what can we do TO these animals instead of what can we do FOR these animals.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Zoos. Animal Prisons. A Showcase for Animal Misery in Captivity. Nothing Educational.


How much you can learn about an animal when viewed as an exhibit? The placard placed at the animal's cell usually states only genus and place of habitat. Some zoos don't even bother with placards at all. Similarly, how much would you know about a person from reading the ID card hanging around his neck? And if you ignore the placards and just observe the animal, wouldn't it dawn on you that you are observing the behavior of an animal in captivity rather than its natural behavior if it were free?

Zoos have long enjoyed a free pass by posing as educational institutions. They conveniently excuse the life-long imprisonment and suffering of the animals by citing regular meals, regular medical checkups, and providing a safe place to stay away from their natural predators. Following this logic, would you say that a life in a state penitentiary for a non-criminal isn't so bad either? The point is freedom. All living things have a right to it. Zoos are a farce and teaches our children that imprisoning animals is acceptable.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SeaWorld. Recognize the Writing on the Wall. Animal Captivity and Slavery. Blackfish.

The arrogance of SeaWorld...Their stock price has fallen. Eight of the ten scheduled artists to perform for them in 2014 have canceled. Attendance tanked for 2013. The Chairman of their very own Board of Directors, David D'Allesandro,  sold S1.3 millions of his SeaWorld shares last November. That's 26,000 shares on November 1 and then another 17,000 shares on November 4. Yes, that's like the Captain securing a lifeboat for himself while the band was still playing at the ballroom. And Seaworld still refuses to capitulate or make any concessions. They ignore the writing on the wall, clinging to those Orcas like the the thief who stole the silver candelabra from the church altar. At the present time, SeaWorld controls twenty-two Orcas at its three parks---ten in San Diego, seven in Orlando, five in San Antonio. Freedom for ALL the marine animals at SeaWorld, not just the Orcas. Every animal at SeaWorld is a captive. 

Everyone should see Blackfish.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Animal Cruelty. Animal Suffering. No Less Than Human Suffering.


Pretty good answer to a very common question. Somehow, our self-proclaimed dominion over animals, the we'll-decide-what-happens-to-you, also translates to a my-good-before-the-animals' mentality. We know that one of the fallacies out there is that human concerns preempt animal concerns. How is one's suffering more important than another? We're all sentient beings. We object to all forms of animal cruelty no matter what exists on the human side of the equation. Animal welfare is our infinite passion and there is no substitution or subrogation to others.