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Rappler's latest stories on animal welfare


'Shocking' animal welfare violations uncovered at U.S. government labs

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:05 AM

In one incident, a dog sustains skin burns from an electric blanket used because the procedure room was too cold

DOGS. Border Collies Miley and Tiara are pictured during a touchscreen experiment at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna on February 26, 2018. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

LOOK: Heart Evangelista joins PAWS for animal rescue mission near Taal

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:44 AM

The celebrity animal lover brings food and water to dogs and horses affected by the Taal Volcano eruption

Araneta Center and CARA Welfare Phillippines team up for 'Palengcats'

May 05, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The Araneta Center donates P 25,000 to CARA Welfare's TNR program

Photo courtesy of the Araneta Center

Man-eating tiger shot dead in India after massive hunt

Nov 04, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Disputes erupt after the tiger's killing as media reports say it was shot in Yavatmal forest with no attempt to tranquilize her

MAN-EATING. Controversy erupted November 3, 2018 over the killing of a man-eating tiger in India that had claimed 13 victims in two years but may have been illegally killed herself. AFP file photo  AFP

PAWS had a halloween party, and it was definitely a treat

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Give them ALL the treats!

TRICK OR TREAT. We'd give this cutie all the treats he wants. Photo courtesy of PAWS

8 things you can donate to animal welfare organizations other than money

Jun 01, 2018 - 6:42 PM

There are so many ways to help!

Taiwan bans eating dogs and cats

Apr 12, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Like some other Asian nations dog consumption was common in Taiwan decades ago and although it is much rarer now

PROTECTED BY LAW. Offenders found to possess cat or dog meat face a fine of up to Tw$250,000 ($8,170).

Prosecutor dismisses PAWS' dog slaughter complaint vs 'Oro'

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:50 PM

PAWS says that their complaint on the violation of section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act has been dismissed

PAWS files case against 'Oro' over dog slaughter scene

Jan 12, 2017 - 10:25 AM

If found guilty the Oro team could face two to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to P250 000

'ORO.' The Philippine Animal Welfare Society files a complaint against the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 entry. Photo shows 'Oro' star Irma Adlawan, who on Best Actress at the festival for her performance. Screengrab from Facebook/mmffofficial

MMFF suspends 'Oro' producers, director over dog slaughter scene

Jan 06, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The MMFF ExeCom also issues a strong reprimand to the Oro production team

'Oro' director, producer address controversial dog slaughter scene

Jan 02, 2017 - 10:54 PM

Director Alvin Yapan and producer Feliz Guerrero release a statement on the issue

IN PHOTOS: Groups urge end to firecracker use on New Year's Eve

Dec 28, 2016 - 11:14 AM

With pets in tow the Ecowaste Coalition and animal welfare groups appeal to Filipinos to choose a cleaner less dangerous alternative to welcoming 2017

PET LOVERS. Animal welfare advocates united to call on Filipinos to stop using firecrackers in their New Year's Eve celebration. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Delegates at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg vote 95 to 35 to enforce the ban and protect the prized parrots

African Grey parrots are displayed for sale at a bird market in Kuwait City on on May 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

9 steps to keep pets trauma-free during New Year revelry

Dec 26, 2015 - 7:38 PM

Our four legged friends particularly cats and dogs suffer in silence as firecrackers and fireworks of varying intensity are ignited says PAWS

Animal rights advocates with their pets join in a campaign calling the public not to use firecrackers during the New Year celebration at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Manila on December 29, 2012. File photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Justice for mass killing victims, Rohingya rape allegations

Oct 01, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Indonesia commemorates 50 years since the events that triggered mass killings against communists Rohingya women accuse Aceh men of sexually abusing them and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

PERSECUTION. Rohingyas persecuted in Myanmar have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety. File photo by EPA

Clubbed to death, blowtorched: Indonesia’s dog-eating culture

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Yanked by their necks dogs are clubbed on the head until they are unconscious before they are thrown to the floor and blowtorched to death Other dogs are still moving while they are being burned alive

DOG TORTURE. Dogs are clubbed to death before being blowtorched in Indonesia where dog meat is considered a delicacy. Screenshot from video

‘Lending a paw’ is easier than you think

Aug 24, 2015 - 6:40 PM

Take a photo with your pet and help another animal in need

Animal cruelty video angers netizens

Jul 06, 2015 - 2:23 PM

A disturbing video showing cruelty to an animal enrages netizens But no one knows who the maker of the video is

#FreeTheTurtle: Netizens rage over tied-up turtle in Guimaras

May 06, 2015 - 4:50 PM

I saw this long rope floating just after the turtle and I thought it was just nothing As I came closer I was surprised that its shell has a hole and that the long rope was attached to it

VIRAL. Photos taken by Donna Islao show a turtle tied down to prevent from swimming away. Photo by Donna Islao

A sanctuary for abused animals

Sep 06, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Pet adoption is a lifetime commitment that should never be taken lightly

More bite for the fight vs PH dog meat trade

Jul 13, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Aside from cruelty to man s best friend a new action plan highlights the health risks posed by the country s dog meat trade

SLAUGHTERHOUSE-BOUND. Dogs crammed in a truck bound for the slaughterhouse are rescued in San Carlos, Pangasinan by a raid participated in by Animal Kingdom Foundation. Photo courtesy of Heidi Caguioa/Animal Kingdom Foundation

South Africa elephant park accused of 'horrific' cruelty

May 20, 2014 - 9:54 PM

The park issues a statement denying responsibility for the abuse

ANIMAL WELFARE. Photo of African elephants in South Africa taken in 2007. File photo by EPA

Erap rejects transfer of elephant Mali to Thailand

Jul 18, 2013 - 6:59 PM

The new mayor of Manila ex President of the Philippines says sending Mali away would be embarrassing and means we are not capable of taking care of one animal

More bite for animal rights law

Jul 14, 2013 - 9:07 PM

Cruelty to animals to get stiffer penalties

THEY TOO HAVE RIGHTS. Animal care makes better human beings

Have you rescued a kitten lately?

Jun 30, 2013 - 7:55 PM

Here are a few tips to rescuing stray kittens

DON'T GO ASTRAY. One of the kittens in Kathy's village. Photo by Kathy Moran

House scrambles to pass bills on last session day

Jun 06, 2013 - 9:04 PM

Congress ratifies the bicameral report on the expansion of science and technology scholarships and other priority bills on the last session day

Third-termers. House honors graduating representatives. Photo by Rappler

Is there a pet-friendly vote?

May 05, 2013 - 4:43 PM

Animals can t vote but animal lovers can Here are candidates who have supported laws for animal welfare

PET-FRIENDLY VOTE. This elections, which candidates will animal-lovers want to vote for? Image courtesy of PAWS

Dine with PAWS: Dining with my best friend

Apr 07, 2013 - 6:28 PM

After spending a few moments with Rosie Sharon Cuneta immediately said she would adopt her that she would sponsor all of her needs together with some of the special needs dogs at the PAWS shelter

ANIMAL LOVING BEAUTIES. (From left) Karylle with Shih-Tzu Lucky, Carla D., and Joey Mead King with Hershey. All photos courtesy of PAWS

Forever homes, loving families

Mar 17, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Complete papers pedigree and a high price don’t make for a better pet — a loving family and space to roam do

MEET MOMO. Momo is from the Mandaluyong Animal Shelter (MAS). PAWS helps MAS by spaying and neutering the dogs, a few at a time, to get them ready for adoption. Momo had leg surgery and is ready to go to a loving home. All photos courtesy of Kathy Moran

Charging China demand drives deadly ivory trade

Feb 28, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Surging demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia is behind an ever mounting death toll of African elephants and rhinos conservationists say as authorities fail to rein in hugely lucrative international smuggling networks

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Slaughterhouse-bound dogs rescued in Cavite

Oct 17, 2012 - 3:37 PM

The dogs were rescued when they were on their way to the slaughterhouse and then markets in Baguio

RESCUED DOGS guarded by police inside a truck. Photo courtesy of AKF

Star elephant courts controversy in Manila Zoo

Oct 17, 2012 - 12:32 PM

An elderly elephant named Mali is the star at Manila s zoo but also the focus of a campaign alleging animal cruelty that has united the country s powerful bishops global pop stars and a Nobel laureate

In a picture taken on June 20, 2012, visitors look at the 35-year-old elephant named Mali at the Manila Zoo. The historic Manila Zoo, once a major attraction of the Philippines, now finds itself the target of criticism for the condition of its animals, particularly its "star", an elephant named Mali. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Court halts dolphin export to Singapore

Oct 13, 2012 - 6:29 PM

A local court blocked the export of 25 captive dolphins to Singapore s Resorts World

Heart Evangelista: Stiffer penalties for animal cruelty

Sep 04, 2012 - 1:23 PM

Animal rights advocates and celebrities call for stiffer penalties on animal cruelty

Anna Cabrera: In it for happy endings

Jul 22, 2012 - 4:27 PM

Get to know the lady who spearheads the Philippine Animal Welfare Society

ANNA CABRERA WITH HORACE, the PAWS office cat. Photo courtesy of PAWS

Stop transporting monkeys, PETA urges Air China

Jul 13, 2012 - 6:12 AM

Air China is only of a few major airlines that still transports monkeys from Asia says PETA

[Pets] Adopt, don't buy

Jun 18, 2012 - 8:35 AM

PETA joins other animal rights organizations in promoting animal adoption

THEY ALSO DESERVE A happy ending. Rescues like Uggie, after proper rehabilitation, can still turn out to be stars. Image from PETA

[Pets] See beauty beyond breed

Jun 01, 2012 - 2:51 PM

Discrimination exists even in the world of dogs and cats PAWS wants to put that to a stop

THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL TOO. Aspins like Bryan have the strength and resilience that some pure-bred dogs don't have. Photo from PAWS

Online anger over photo of dog in sack

Mar 12, 2012 - 1:17 PM

PAWS set to file charges vs owner of car transporting dog in sack violation of Republic Act 8485

CRUELTY GOING VIRAL. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) reported this photo of a dog being carried in a sack at the back of a car, which went viral on Monday, March 12.