Republic of the Philippines
WHEREAS, there is a public clamor not only in the Metro Manila area but also in the entire country for the proper treatment and protection of dogs, which are man's faithful pet and companion in the home.
WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Manila Commission has intensified its campaign for canine protection in the face of the growing dog meat trade in the country with Metro Manila as the entry point of dogs transported by ships, motor vehicles and trains from all directions: and
WHEREAS, there is a need for an ordinance for canine protection which shall have a uniform application in all cities and municipalities in Metro Manila.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by this Commission that:
SECTION 1. Killing and/or Selling of Dogs Prohibited. - The killing and selling of dogs for food, and for any other purpose not hereinafter authorized, or the storing, selling or offering for sale of dog meat in restaurants, hotels, inns, boarding houses, and other eating places, or in any other place within Metro Manila is hereby prohibited: PROVIDED, however, that this prohibition shall not apply when there is a good and valid cause for the killing, or where the dog to be killed is a mad dog or on afflicted with an incurable disease in which case, the dog should b killed humanely and disposed of in accordance with existing health ordinances.
SECTION 2. Transshipment of Dogs and Storage and Keeping of Dog Meat. - It is likewise prohibited for any person to ship or cause to b shipped or transported any dog to or from Metro Manila, except where the shipment of the animal is for a good and valid purpose as where the same shall be kept and cared for as a pet, but in such case the transported animals shall each be placed in a suitable cage. Any person desiring to transport any dog to Metro Manila must first bring such dog to a veterinarian or a licensed animal clinic for anti-rabies vaccination, unless it has already been immunized and shall register the same pursuant to Section 5 hereof.
It is also prohibited for any person to bring in dog meat from any point outside Metro Manila and to store the same in any place or storage within Metro Manila, or transship such meat through any exit point in Metro Manila.
SECTION 3. Cruelty to Dogs. - It is prohibited for any person in Metro Manila to torture or torment a dog or, for any owner to cruelly neglect to provide said animal with necessary sustenance or shelter or to cruelly beat or mutilate the same, or for any person who, while transporting a dog to or from Metro Manila, shall do it in any manner that is tantamount to torturing or tormenting the animal or cruelly neglecting to provide it with the necessary sustenance or shelter.
SECTION 4. Vaccination. - All dog owners within Metropolitan Manila shall submit their dogs for anti-rabies vaccination by a licensed private or government veterinarian initially three (3) months immediately after birth, or within five (5) days from arrival within the area unless previously immunized and regularly thereafter as determined by a competent veterinary officer. The owner shall at all times be prepared to present a current certificate of vaccination to the proper authorities upon demand.