Believe it or not, the Committee on Animal Welfare (CAW) is again pushing for the reinstatement of Tambucho Gassing as an accepted form of euthanasia in the Philippines.
This comes after CAW dragged its feet from August 2010 to April 2011, stultifying a directive from Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture to rewrite a previous CAW-endorsed administrative order that embraced Tambucho Gassing like it was a God-sent cure-all for stray or unwanted animals.
For those coming into this matter only now, Tambucho Gassing is not carbon monoxide gassing as CAW would like the world to believe. Tambucho Gassing is death by vehicular exhaust fumes. No gas cylinders are used, just a rubber hose connected to a clunky, old, usually badly tuned gas engine. The animals are entombed in a sealed metal container and toxic fumes are pumped into it. In terms of expediency, the process is slow, inefficient, and ineffective against the problem. In terms of humanity, it is depraved, utterly cruel, an abomination to any civilized society.
This latest effort was a cleverly conceived ruse. The main proponents of Tambucho Gassing at CAW, Drs. Enrique Carlos and Angel Mateo, initially called for a meeting for consultation purposes only, to discuss Administrative Order 13 concerning the gassing. Drs. Mateo and Macenas quickly turned this impromptu meeting into a vote on the issue of Tambucho Gassing. The voting took place under protest from Anna Cabrera of PAWS citing the comments of Atty. Edgardo Sison from the Office of the Solicitor General who realized the impropriety, perhaps illegality, of the vote.
Representatives from other animal welfare organizations were not present; they were conveniently not invited. Thus, opposition was almost non-existent. Divide and Conquer.
Seven of the nine CAW members voted to reintroduce Tambucho Gassing in the provisions of a new administrative order. The two opposing CAW members were the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS). This is the gist of what transpired on April 12, 2011.
But not all is lost.
Secretary Alcala was informed of this subterfuge, this attempt to usurp his authority and ignore his direct order. The Secretary is the highest authority who approves or disapproves administrative orders. The secretary will be meeting with animal rights organizations very soon.
Let it be said again: some people can fool most people most of the time, but they can't fool all the people all the time. CAW take note.
In the meantime, the general animal/pet-loving public must be informed about practicing veterinarians who strongly believe and support Tambucho Gassing as a form of euthanasia. This is a matter of fact, and not contention.
There is an important, fundamental difference between veterinarians who are willing to incorporate Tambucho Gassing into their personal philosophy/practice and those who unequivocally reject such inhumane practices, those who see Tambucho Gassing as contrary to the purpose and spirit of responsible veterinary medicine.
If CAW had its way, it would make executioners out of thousands of Filipino veterinarians.
Do not support veterinarians who do not have the best interest of all animals in their hearts.
Below is information pertaining to the veterinary practice of Dr. Oscar Macenas, representing the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) at CAW. Please do not support him:
Joren Bldg., Circumferential Rd., Marvill Park Subd., Antipolo Rizal
Our Lady of Assumption Dog and Cat Clinic - Cainta
72 – A Ortigas Ave., Ext, Bo. Sto. Domingo, Cainta, Rizal
Assumpta Dog and Cat Clinic - Marikina
815 J.P Rizal Barrio Nangka, Marikina City
Assumpta Dog and Cat Clinic - Fairview
98 – A Don Mariano Marcos Ave., Fairview, Quezon City