The Animal Welfare Act of 1998
Republic Act No. 8485, also known as The Animal Welfare Act of 1998 (full text), is an act to promote animal welfare in the Philippines. It is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 2120 and House Bill No. 9274, and signed into law on 11 February 1998 by President Fidel V. Ramos.
WHAT IS SECTION 6 STATES?
SECTION 6: It shall be unlawful for any person to torture any animal, or to neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat any animal or to subject any dog or horse to dogfights or horse fights, kill or cause or produce to be tortured or deprived of adequate care sustenance or shelter, or maltreat or use the same in research or experiments not expressly authorized by the Committee on Animal Welfare. The killing of any animal other than cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, carabaos, horses, deer and crocodiles is likewise hereby declared unlawful except in the following instances: 1.
When it is done as part of the religious rituals of an established religion or sect or a ritual by tribal or ethnic custom of indigenous cultural communities. However, leaders shall keep records in cooperation with the Committee on Animal Welfare; 2.
When the pet animal is afflicted with an incurable communicable disease/s determined and certified by a duly licensed veterinarian; 3.
When the killing is deemed necessary to put an end to the misery suffered by the animal as determined and certified by a duly licensed veterinarian; 4.
When it is done to prevent an imminent danger to the life or limb of a human being; 5.
When done for the purpose of animal population control;
When the animal is killed after it has been used in authorized research or experiments; and 7.
Any other ground analogous to the foregoing as determined and certified by a licensed veterinarian. In all the above mentioned cases, including those of cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, carabaos, horses, deer and crocodiles, the killing of the...
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