Why the Current Solution Fails



Euthanasia is one of the current solutions to control rabies threat and overpopulation of strays. According to Administrative Order No. 21 of the Department of Agriculture on the Code of Conduct in the Euthanasia for Pets/Companion Animals, euthanasia can range from intravenous injection to death by firearms. These methods mostly cause extreme suffering to the animal before its death. This is a direct contradiction to the Philippine Republic Act No. 8485 or Animal Welfare Act of 1998 states that it is unlawful to torture or maltreat any animal.

Sheltering and Rescue Groups

The Philippine Animal Welfare is one of the non-government organizations whose goal is to prevent animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering and advocacy. However, every year the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center cares for over 500 dogs and cats rescued from cruelty or neglect.

They solely depend for the help of supporters and donors, due to the cost of rescuing, treating and rehabilitating animals will be too much for a small struggling shelter if not for the help of supporters and donors.

Section 4 of Republic Act 9482, assigned government and non-government organizations to participate in implementing policies created to eradicate the problem, but groups such as PAWS are underfunded and lack support from government officials, which seems like rabies threat and pet overpopulation in the Philippines, is not their major concern.

 Catch and Kill

Culling which means reducing the population by selective slaughter is also one of the current methods done by government units to solve rabies threat and pet overpopulation. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has long recognized that mass destruction of street dogs is an ineffective method of controlling dog populations. There is also a great chance that the remaining individuals who escaped the culling will eventually repopulate the area, which cannot be considered ineffective in the long term. Culling is also a debated method of animal control that is not always inhumane. Mass capture of street dogs for culling when undertaken in tourist areas cause visitors undue distress and project a poor image of the Philippines.