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Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
A NEW case of animal cruelty was recently filmed and uploaded on Facebook by the perpetrators, and then was shared by a concerned citizen last Feb. 12. It showed a teenage boy who repeatedly stoned and then peed on a tiny kitten until it died.
The video, which lasted almost two minutes, was shared by a certain Nina Scarlet who identified the kitten's killer as Raymark Lansangan who was wearing a school uniform when the incident happened. In the video, another school boy was seen squatting near the kitten while another person hidden from view took the video.
After much prodding from Facebook users, Nina identified the two other persons in the video as Benedic Daquioag and the one who filmed the ghastly act as Dharyl Rivera. She said Lansangan is from Antipolo, Rizal.
In the video, Lansangan hurled rocks and pissed on a crying, bloodied kitten until it died. All along, Lansangan was laughing while his companions did nothing to stop him. At one point, both his companions warned him that he could go to jail if the video becomes viral, but that didn't stop them from what they're doing.
The video immediately created a social media firestorm with hundreds of animal lovers deploring the savage way the kitten was killed. Curses and threats were directed to all those party to the slaying, while others shared the link with animal welfare groups and media outlets, demanding justice for the young cat. Others threaten to report the students to their school for disciplinary action.
Nina said she knows those people in the video who, she added, cut classes that day.
At one point, Dharyl Rivera who allegedly took the video joined the long thread of messages in Facebook and said this:
He also issued this threat to the reporter:
As of this posting, comments from animal lovers continue to pour in at different Facebook groups, all asking for one thing: justice for the “Antipolo kitty”. (AJB, MetroPets)
THE lead guitarist of The Vamps, James McVey, who recently visited Manila is the latest celebrity to join the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in its “Save a Life: Adopt—Don't Shop!” campaign.
McVey who loves both dogs and cats were featured with kittens in the PETA ad. The image of him with kittens was shot by top celebrity photographer Ruth Rose.
"There are millions of animals already in shelters—kittens, puppies, dogs, a variety of animals," says McVey. "So go to a shelter, adopt, and save a life!"
PETA said that every year, hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters, and many are euthanized when nobody adopts them. There are also many strays that just die on the streets. Shelter and stray animals' chances of finding a home grow smaller when people opt to buy a pet instead, the group added.
McVey and PETA aim to encourage those who want a pet to first visit a local shelter or rescue group.
McVey joins a long list of musicians like Little Mix, P!nk, Cody Simpson and Kesha who have teamed up with PETA and its affiliates to promote kindness to animals.
For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com
THE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia is offering up to P50,000 reward for information that could help find the person or group that killed innocent cats from Dasmariñas Village in Makati City.
On Jan. 13, a dozen community cats from the posh village went missing and some were found dead, apparently from unnatural causes. In a circular released by the village management, one cat was reported to have died from chemical burns after paint thinner was poured over him.
The community cats in Dasmariñas Village have been spayed and neutered through CARA Welfare's Trap-Neuter-Return program and are fed by residents of the village. Before the cats' disappearance and deaths, a note was found saying: “You stop feeding cats. Our village is no cat sanctuary. Or else...”
The management and security of Dasmariñas Village are looking into the barbaric series of crimes against the cats, but so far no suspects have been identified.
"It's imperative that any community faced with a violent act such as the vicious killing of the community cats of Dasmariñas Village take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice," says PETA Asia Vice President for International Operations Jason Baker. "Animal abusers are a danger to everyone: They take their issues out on whomever is available to them, human or nonhuman, and must be caught before they act again. We're appealing to anyone with information about those responsible for these cruel crimes to come forward now so that the perpetrator or perpetrators can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
PETA hopes to bring the person or persons responsible for the cats' deaths and disappearances to justice. Aggravated cruelty to animals carries a penalty of up to P250,000 and three years imprisonment under the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 as amended by Republic Act No. 10631.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the PETA Asia hotline at 0999-888-7382.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
PURINA Petcare Philippines, a business unit of Nestlé, is fueling a Facebook-based project to promote the local breed of cats, many of which are neglected and homeless.
Pusang Pinoy or Puspins they are called, Philippines' version of (British) moggies are currently basking in the limelight after Purina created an online stage for them to shine. PuspinsofMeownila is a Facebook-driven project of Purina's local team that highlights the beauty and fine quality of Puspins.
PuspinsofMeownila entries like these four photos above celebrate the beauty and fine qualities of local cats. (Photos from Purina Philippines)
Until recently, the Puspin used to go by a derogatory nickname “Pusakal”, short for Pusang Kalye, as many of them are strays. The fact that it has been given a more dignified name is proof that many people appreciate Puspins and for good reason.
PuspinsofMeownila lets anyone share stories and photos of their Puspins on Purina's official Facebook page to inspire more people to take Puspins as pets. The combined use of images and stories creates a compelling narrative, made more valuable by supporting comments from like-minded individuals.
Through PuspinsofMeownila, more people will hopefully see that the native kitties can be as adorable as purebred cats. PuspinsofMeownila is a valuable publicity tool for the many Puspins that are wandering the streets and languishing in shelters, all hoping to be soon adopted into loving homes.
“PuspinsofMeownila is designed to help increase Puspin adoptions, give these cats a 'voice' and show that they are also very lovable,” said Joshua Frederick P. Alarkon of Purina Petcare Philippines.
Although Facebook is the project's platform of choice, PuspinsofMeownila inevitably found its way in the photo-sharing application Instagram, where proud Puspin owners share their photos using the official hashtag #PuspinsofMeownila.
From June to November 2015, Purina received over 2,000 entries from Puspin owners, all declaring their love and gratitude for their low-maintenance Puspin that's every inch a good cat.
THIS has been a colorful week for pets around the world. The news are generally positive, except for the news Down Under that threatens cats in a massive way.
Here are this week's top news on pets from around the globe:
SPANISH TOWN GIVES PETS EQUAL RIGHTS AS CITIZENS
The perros (dogs) and gatos (cats) in the small town of Trigueros del Valle now enjoy the same rights like humans after the mayor recognized them as citizens that have been co-existing with them for over a thousand years. The new town council approved an animal bill of rights that states that even non-human resident is entitled to respect and should not be exploited or abandoned
NEW YORK TO BUILD ANIMAL AIRPORT TERMINAL
The John F. Kennedy Airport in New York is set to build a $48 million first-of-its-kind luxury animal terminal that hopefully will open next year. It will be a 178,000-square-foot facility aptly called The ARK which will shelter and quarantine every animal that goes through the busy airport. It will feature a dog hotel with a bone-shaped pool, trees for cats to climb in, and climate-controlled stalls with showers for farm animals, among others.
An estimated 70,000 traveling animals go through the JFK airport every year that it made sense for it to turn its unused cargo terminal into the world's first airport terminal for animals. The ARK will allow for planes to taxi animals straight to the building.
NEW YORK MUSEUM STAGES INTERNET CAT EXHIBIT
From August 7 to January 31, The Museum of the Moving Image in New York will host an exhibition dedicated to all things cat, called How Cats Took Over The Internet. The exhibit promises to take a deeper look at why cats have become an Internet phenomenon if not a cult. Expect to see images and videos of the most popular cats the Internet has given birth to as well as discussions on the cat phenomenon that has transfixed a generation of web users. There's serious business behind all these, too, and the museum exhibit would be a great way to, well, skin the cat?
DISNEYLAND LOVES ITS FERAL CATS
The cats are out of the bag and they are in California's Disneyland! A park visitor posted this week about finding feral cats around the theme park and discovering even a website for them. As it turns out, Disneyland is quietly taking care a community of feral cats by feeding them and making sure they are spayed or neutered. The only big question is: How does Micky Mouse feel about this?
AUSTRALIA EYES KILLING 2 MILLION CATS BY 2020
Australian authorities are planning to kill as many as two million cats over the next five years apparently for causing the extinction of many species and therefore have become “pests”. Australia’s environment department says that feral cats have been identified as a threat to 35 species of birds, 36 mammals, 7 reptiles and 3 amphibians. Australian authorities said the feral cats will be put down as humanely as possibly, which coud involve baiting, shooting and poisoning. Public reaction against the plan, however, has been snowballing and has prompted iconic French actress and animal rights champion Brigitte Bardot to write Australia's Environment Minister Greg Hunt an angry letter in defense of the cats.
"This animal genocide is inhumane and ridiculous. In addition to being cruel, killing these cats is absolutely useless since the rest of them will keep breeding,” Bardot wrote.
* One stormy afternoon at Taiwan's Houtong Cat Village