Wednesday, July 20, 2011
PAWS. Philippines. Animal Chronicles. Dr. Wilford Almoro, Shelter Vet.
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Animal Chronicles is a weekly, one-hour radio show hosted by PAWS Director Anna Cabrera on DZRJ, 810 khz. Showtime, as of today, is Monday, 7pm Manila time which is 7am on the American eastcoast.
Although I don't live in Manila, I know enough of the goings-on in that city to say that this is the first radio show devoted specifically to animal welfare. You can call it a breakthrough. This was unheard of when I was growing up in Manila. It's a wonderful opportunity, a virtual bullhorn, to spread the gospel of animal rights, welfare, and responsible dog guardianship.
Not ownership, but guardianship. I cringe at the word, "owner," and I avoid it like the plague.
The Philippines is still in the nascent period of its animal welfare revolution, but the country is making great strides towards a more humane society with the passing of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act (R.A. 8485) and the Anti-Rabies Act. Animal cruelty cases have begun to be heard in court, and the first ever conviction of a private citizen occurred this year for an act of animal cruelty committed on a single animal, a kitten in this case.
There is a lot of hope. And with a growing number of animal rights advocates and organizations like CARA, IRO, AARRC, AKF and SAWS, the prospect of a more humane Filipino society is very real.