Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stray Dog Rescue. Dog Rehabilitation. PAWS Philippines.



Chase's story is just one of the many rescue stories that come out of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The rescue team from PAWS came out on August 22, 2012 to rescue a dog reportedly stranded on an island along a very busy highway. That dog turned out to be lost alright, but the owner was found after some effort. All was well and good until, on closer inspection of the area, the team discovered this dog cowering in fear. That was Chase. 

As you can see from his admission photo, Chase was covered with mange and open wounds. The team took Chase to the Philippine Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) where he received immediate attention and treatment. You can see Chase's greatly improved condition in the photos. Chase still has a long way to go until adoption, but he certainly is on his way.

 I am providing pertinent information below for any of you who want to help PAWS help animals like Chase. All amounts, large or small, will be appreciated. 


PAWS BANK ACCOUNTS
Account Name: Philippine Animal Welfare Society

Bank of the Philippine Islands
Swift no. BOPIPHMM
BPI USD Account # 3944-0021-61
BPI PHP Account # 3943-0086-11

Philippine National Bank
Swift no. PNBM PHMM
PHP Account# 072-830174-0

Donors are suggested to fax to PAWS (475-1688) or email supportpaws@paws.org.ph a copy of their validated deposit slip, unless they wish to remain anonymous.

DONATIONS THROUGH CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL:
http://paws.org.ph/site/540/default.aspx

Friday, August 17, 2012

Virgin Australia. Sexist Airline Policy. Disingenuous Concern for Children.

ABC News, last Monday, reported on an incident that took place on-board a Virgin Australia flight that involved an adult male passenger and two unaccompanied children who sat next to him. Johnny Mcgirr, like most of us traveling alone, didn't know who would be sitting next to him. Like Mcgirr, most of us do not truly care, trusting that most people would be reasonable, well-behaved, and clean.

Evidently, Virgin Australia does care who sits with whom, for they asked Mcgirr to change seats so that he wouldn't be seated next to 10-yr olds during the flight. The reason? He's a male.

Virgin Australia admitted that it is their policy to disallow grown males from seating next to unaccompanied children, for the children's safety.

Now, we can easily connect the dots, make the equation that looks like this: grown man = pedophile, grown man vis-a-vis children traveling alone = trouble. Eliminate grown man = children safe.

No sweat, this is an extremely sexist attitude, assuming that the molestation of children would most likely be perpetuated by males. It wouldn't be sexists at all, but still questionable, if their policy targeted both males and females. But, no.
  
When Virgin Australia beats their chest and proclaims itself as the cautious overseer of children's welfare, they are playing both sides of the street. If they were truly concerned about the welfare of children traveling unaccompanied, they shouldn't let them on board in the first place. 

If Virgin Australia considers the aircraft a dangerous place where predators could lurk, where pedophiles could molest innocent babes, then parental supervision is imperative. A parent must accompany all traveling children. Wouldn't that be a better policy to apply?

But that would mean no tickets sold because the parent can't make it in the first instance. Loss of revenue, in blinking red neon. And nothing scares the airlines more than empty seats. And so they went for stereotyping males instead and a sexist double standard was born...

The airline was reported to be reviewing their policy.