Things have moved on a little since I wrote the PETITION and my last blog post on the subject. There are now eleven senators who have pledged to oppose the passing of Bills 5241 & 5648. These bills seek to establish greyhound racing in city of Mandaue, Cebu and Luzon respectively. Twenty-three senators make up the Philippine senate, and so eleven is almost 50%. Mind you, it doesn't mean that the rest are supporting the bill. They just haven't come out with their official position on the matter. For example, Senator Miriam Defensor was reported to be in the United States as part of Pres. Gloria Arroyo's entourage. I trust that the well-educated Defensor will reject this cruel and decadent business proposal. Below are the names of the senators who have yet to commit, their email addresses, and a formatted letter to them.
I implore all animal lovers to copy and paste the information into your very own personal email and send it off ASAP. You don't have to be a Filipino. Time is of the essence, and your immediate response could save thousands of greyhounds from a cruel existence at the tracks. Here is the info:
Senator Lito Lapid
Senator Loren Legarda
Senator Kiko Pangilinan
Senator Bong Revilla
Senator Antonio Trillanes
Senator Jinggoy Estrada
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile
Senator Dick Gordon
Senator Miriam Defensor
Senator Edgardo Angara
Senator Joker Arroyo
Here are their email address :
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Here is a formatted letter for copying and pasting:
Eleven of your colleagues have already pledged to reject Bill 5291 and Bill 5648. Both bills seek to establish greyhound racing in Cebu and Luzon respectively. Cardinal Vidal of Cebu also condemned the bills. There are other ways to raise revenue and create employment that do not combine abject animal cruelty and the corrupting influence of gambling. The animals and the poor will not benefit from greyhound racing, but a select few who hide behind great corporate names. We should not take advantage of the animals' innocence for personal and commercial profit.
I declare my objection to gambling and animal cruelty and I respectfully urge you to join your colleagues in taking the right course of action. Vote NO on Bills 5291 and 5648. Let us solve existing problems, and not create new ones.