The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has posted the photo of the dog allegedly killed for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry “Oro”.
In regard to this, PAWS also posted a heartbreaking statement that goes:
Here is a screenshot of the poor dog that was killed in the MMFF movie “ORO”. The dog was put in a sack, beaten to death, skinned and gutted. Are the good reviews and awards the film got worth it at the cost of an an innocent creature’s life?
The filmmakers, Alvin Yapan (writer and director) and Feliz Guerrero (executive producer) both released statements via Facebook.
On the statement, Yapan said, “Hindi po totoo na pumatay kami ng aso para lang sa pelikula.”
He followed it with, “May dalawang aspekto po ang pahayag na iyan.”
Read the full statement below.
According to reports, the filmmakers behind the said movie are already in coordination with PAWS, the MMFF executive committee, and the Film Development Council of Philippines.
According to the Animal Welfare Act Section 6.1.
The killing of any animal other than cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, carabao, horse, deer and crocodiles is likewise hereby declared unlawful except in the following instances:
When it is done as part of the religious rituals of an established religion or sect or ritual required by ethnic custom of indigenous cultural communities: however, leaders shall keep records in cooperation with the Committee on Animal Welfare;
To know more about the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines, find it here.
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