Target: President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III
Goal: Enforce a stricter ban on horse fighting and save innocent animals from being abused and killed for cruel bloodsport
Horse fighting is an incredibly violent bloodsport where two stallions are forced to fight over a mare in season. The horses are incited to bite and kick one another, hitting each other with their hooves and inflicting painful, potentially life-threatening injuries. The gruesome spectacle continues until one of the stallions finally flees or is murdered. This disgusting event is a flagrant disregard for animal welfare legislation and violators must be penalized more strictly if we are to help protect these innocent animals.
Despite the fact that horse fighting is illegal in the Philippines, the inhumane spectacle is a prominent occasion that is viewed as a “long-standing tradition” by locals. These gruesome fights even garner sponsorship from local businesses and municipal support in the form of cash prizes. Horse fights are often broadcast on local television stations as well. While supporters of horse fighting stand by their claims that it is a local tradition, extensive gambling on the outcomes of the fights is the main reason it is prevalent—and the reason why local government has failed to enforce the ban more strictly.
By signing this petition, you will be urging the President of the Philippines to strictly enforce animal welfare legislation and to establish more severe penalties for those who violate these laws. Hopefully, we can finally put an end to the decades of horrific horse abuse that has been tolerated under the guise of local tradition.
Dear President Aquino,
I was appalled to learn that horse fighting is still prevalent throughout the Philippines despite the country’s animal welfare legislation, which clearly prohibits the brutal bloodsport. The laws banning this cruel event must be more strictly enforced and those who violate these laws should suffer severe penalties. Horse fighting is a barbaric and inhumane spectacle that has no place in modern society.
Claimed to be a “long-standing tradition,” local businesses and government officials endorse this violent event by donating cash prizes and sponsoring the dueling animals. Local television stations broadcast the horrific abuse while spectators place their bets on which horse will survive. We must finally put an end to the decades of horrific animal abuse and extensive gambling that has been tolerated under the guise of local tradition.
Please do everything in your power to ensure that animal welfare laws are more strictly enforced and that violators are severely penalized for their participation in such a gruesome spectacle. We cannot continue to allow this flagrant disregard for animal welfare legislation to go unchecked while thousands of innocent animals are maimed and killed.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Horse Fighting via Stop Fun Killing