The Filipino was finally convicted 10 years after maltreating goats in the Philippines. Photo: iStock

Isang lalaking Pilipino na may pinaghihinalaang kasaysayan ng pananakit na mga hayop ay nahatulan ng pang-aabuso sa mga hayop sa Pilipinas mahigit sampung taon ang nakararaanmatapos gumawa ng pagkakasala.

Noong Pebrero 11, si Andres Vocal, isang residente ng Binangonan sa probinsiya ng Rizal, ay napatunayang nagkasala sa paglabag sa Republic Act 8485 o Animal Welfare Act sa pamamagitan ng pagnanakaw ng kambing. Si Vocal ay inutusang magbayad ng multa na 4,000 pesos, at kung hindi niya magagawa, ipapadala siya sa bilangguan sa halip, iniulat ng ABS-CBN News.

Ayon sa mga rekord ng korte, ang insidente ay nangyari noong Oktubre 19, 2008. Si Vocal ay inakusahan ng kanyang kapwa na si Modesta Leoncio ng marahas na paninipa at pagsuntok sa kambing. Sinabi ni Leoncio na pinakiusapan niya si Vocal na tumigil ngunit hindi niya pinansin at sinimulan niya ang paghagupit ng isa pang kambing na buntis.

Nang panahong iyon, nag-file si Leoncio ng kaso sa isang lokal na korte. Gayunpaman, noong nakaraang taon lamang, nang dalhin ang kanyang kaso sa Municipal Trial Court, na nakipag-ugnayan siya sa Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) para sa tulong.

Ang kaso laban kay Vocal ay nai-archive noong Hunyo 30, 2010 ngunit nabuhay muli sa tulong ng PAWS. Si Vocal ay naaresto noong Enero 17 noong nakaraang taon batay sa isang warrant na ibinigay ng korte.

Sinabi ng PAWS Executive Director na si Anna Cabrera na ang kalupitan ng hayop sa Pilipinas ay may mga kahihinatnan at maaaring humantong sa multa hanggang sa 100,000 pesos. Tinanggap ni Cabrera ang desisyon ng korte, na sinasabi na ang pagkakasala ay magpapalaganap ng kamalayan na mali ang pagmamalupit sa mga hayop.

“Ang lalaking ito ay kailangang dumalo sa mga pagdinig sa loob ng mahabang panahon. Nagkakahalaga ito sa kanya ng ilang pagsisikap. Sa wakas ay nalaman niya na ang kalupitan ng hayop ay isang malubhang pagkakasala, “sabi ni Cabrera.

Ayon sa PAWS, nakakakita lamang sila ng isa o dalawang convictions sa isang taon sa kabila ng maraming mga ulat ng kalupitan ng hayop na naka-log.

Original: Man fined for maltreating animals in 2008

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