The said animal welfare desks in various police precincts in the city will address issues on animal violence and eliminate the trade of dog meat.
Dr. Armie Capuyan, DA XI- Regional Animal Welfare Coordinator said the public can now report to their respective police stations if they witness animal torture, abandonment and maltreatments.
“This time there is this police power and the public can go to the nearest police precincts to report such cruelty,” Capuyan said.
Republic Act 8485 (The amended Animal Welfare Law) states that any person who subjects any animal to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect shall, upon conviction by final judgment, be punished by imprisonment and/or fine, as indicated in the following graduated scale:
An imprisonment of one year and six months and one (1) day to two (2) years and/or fine not exceeding P100,000 if the animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment, or neglect dies.
Also, imprisonment of one year and one day to one (1) year and six months and/or a fine not exceeding P50,000 if the animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect survives but is severely injured with loss of its natural faculty to survive on its own and needing human intervention to sustain its life.
Moreover, Imprisonment of six months to one year and/or fine not exceeding P30,000 for subjecting any animal to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect but without causing its death or incapacitating it to survive on its own.
However, regardless of the resulting condition to the animals, the penalty of two years and one day to three years and/or a fine not exceeding P250,000 shall be imposed if the offense is committed by any of the following: syndicate, an offender who makes business out of cruelty to an animal, a public officer or employee and when at least three animals are involved.
Capuyan said that the law further states that if the violation is committed by a government employee, the officer responsible thereof shall serve the imprisonment and if the violation is committed by a foreigner, he or she shall be immediately deported after the service of sentence without any further proceeding.
Marites Batacan, founder of ARRF said the animals can now be protected since they also have an inherent worth, a value completely separate from their usefulness to humans.
“We believe that animas have a will to live and has a right to be free from pain and suffering,” Batacan adds.