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|Monday, May 4th, 2009|
Petition against the UP cat killer
Justice for Tengteng
Target: Faculty of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
There are over half a million stray animals in the Philippines, and this is the story of just one of them. Tengteng was a month-old stray kitten who lived precariously on the grounds of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. Those who knew her spoke of a kitten who benefited from random acts of kindness including handouts of food, water, even a new collar to make herself look pretty. She enjoyed fleeting but happy moments with students who gave her a scratch or two, a tummy rub, and pats on her head. The only known photograghs of Tengten are the ones you see on this site. One can say that Tengteng was not as hard up as other strays in the Philippines, but she was without a regular source of food, a home and a family to protect her.
Tengteng, like all animals, was God's child. But her life came to an abrupt end when on April 13th a second year physics student named Joseph Carlo Candare took her life and bragged about it on the web. On his blog entry for that day, Mr. Candare mockingly called Tengteng's death " an accidental Crime." However, by other accounts, Tengteng's killing was a deliberate and blood-thirsty attack fueled by Mr. Candare's visceral and sadistic hatred of cats.
How much hate, you might ask?
Mr. Candare was described as taking a running start, leaping into the air, and then landing on Tengteng with the full force of his weight and momentum. Tengteng, who could not have weighed more than two pounds, was crushed under the grown man's weight. This was a conscious act, and Mr. Candare had ample opportunities to change his mind. Whatever life was left in Tengteng's body, the last few ounces of strength she had, enabled her to seek shelter in a hovel where she ultimately died moments later, alone. The imagery is horrifying, but we have been spared the deathly sounds that must have been blood-curdling. The agonizing scream of a kitten, the crushing of her bones, the taunting of the victor over the vanquished, it was a triumphant moment for one but unnecessarily tragic for another.
Why should we care?
Some have argued that we care too much about a kitten who did not belong to anyone. Some said tha there are many strays; why care about this one? All animals deserve respect. When we disrespect an animal, that says more about us than the animal. It is not how many animals are abused, but it is the knowledge that a most heinous crime was committed on a defenseless and sentient being that behooves us to act. Such acts, however singular, offends our sense of decency and righteousness. If there is one abused animal, then that is one too many. When we are confronted by cruelty, we must address it. Acts of abject cruelty towards animals, like Tengteng's killing, are simply unacceptable. It is up to the enlightened and the compassionate to stand up and speak in behalf of those on the receiving end of humankind's brute force.
Why take my word for it?
You do not have to. I am reproducing Mr. Candare's blog entry for your perusal. Here, you can read his own words, his self-confession as a serial killer of cats, his disingenuous pang of conscience, and his not-so-veiled threat to kill more in a month ( English translation in brackets) :
"An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. [ I don't really know why my self-control is not enough to overcome my hatred of cats ] I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for its life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: " Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!" [ Can you leave the cat alone? ]. It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain [ we went back to whatever unfinished work we had ]. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa" [ Hey, JC, you killed that cat ]. Hours later, habang abala sa XRD [ while busy at XRD ], a guy came in. Tanong niya: " Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" [ He asked, who killed that cat? ] Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles [ but Myles said ] it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn't the first time I've killed a cat but this time it's different. It didn't occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life. So there you go I'm sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That's how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer? "
To Whom Should We Appeal?
We are appealing to the high officials of the University of the Philippines at Diliman (U.P.) namely Dr. Sergio Cao, Chancellor of UP, Dr. Arnel Salvador, Director of the National Institute of Physics at UP, and to Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science UP.
These gentlemen, in their respective capacities, have the authority to set things right at the university. They can condemn, reject, and punish those who practice animal cruelty within the ranks of the university. They are gatekeepers to the long and illustrious history of the university. The conduct and safety of the student body are under their purview. We, therefore, are calling upon these gentlemen to apply the only just and appropriate punishment for Mr. Candare which is immediate expulsion from the university and to assist in seeking proper medical attention for Mr. Candare.
I am asking for one thousand signatures. If you agree with the spirit of this petition, please sign it and offer your opinion for the benefit of these learned gentlemen. I will post updates when new developments occur. I thank you for helping engender a more compassionate Filipino society.
Addenda: There were questions about criminal charges. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in the process of gathering affidavits from eye-witnesses. Yes, Mr. Candare violated the provisions of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, Republic Act 8485. PAWS' volunteer lawyer will be mapping our their legal case against Mr. Candare.
05/02/09 I had Mr. Candare's name as John C. Candare in the initial post because he presented himself as such on another blog, but someone corrected me. His real name is Joseph Carlo Candare.
05/02/09 You may express your outrage but please no personal threats against Mr. Candare. I have to submit this petition to UP officials, and I want it fair and clean. Substantive comments will greatly help the impact of this petition. Thanks.
|Monday, July 14th, 2008|
We're having a bad animal week, I suppose. First Leroy, and Belle...OH! -did I mention what happened to Suzy Saturday night?!?
Here, I've got some pics, first a before:
Looks normal, right?
See. Told you it was graphic.
|Monday, September 3rd, 2007|
Oh, and this is what the dogs think a load of hay is for:
|Sunday, December 31st, 2006|
I took Max for a bike ride today. He did so much better than the last time a long time ago. Two major reasons I think contributed. I kept him on an even shorter leash this time (to prevent running in front of the bike) and I tried to teach him verbal commands for "slow," "left" and "right." He seemed to really get the hang of it. We only went for like 30 minutes and he was panting for a while after we got home, but I don't think he was really tired, because as soon as we got into the yard he ran around like mad for about 8 more minutes chasing his ball and stuff. I think partly that was because he didn't actually run while we were biking, he just trotted the whole time. Next time, now that I know he knows how to slow down and and turn, I might go faster and/or longer and get him to really run. Goodness knows he needs it. He has been kind of neurotic lately and chewing things which is a sign of boredom with him.
|Wednesday, December 13th, 2006|
Things like this
just break my heart. Anyway you slice it, the parents were in the wrong. Either they should have had the puppy locked in a different room, or they're lying about how the toes got mangled. And either way, its another high-profile blow to the image of an already maligned breed.
|Tuesday, November 14th, 2006|
Like herding cats
As of a couple of months ago, we have an unexpected addition to the family in the form of a stray kitten which planted itself on our porch, and then into my mom's heart. It was about 12 weeks old when it came to join us, by the vet's estimation and our own.
The problem is that we need advice on how to train a male kitten to bite toys and not hands/feet, stay out of rooms it's not supposed to be in, not chew on wires, etc. Don't get me wrong, it's not an ill-tempered cat. It can be very sweet. But it's an extremely self-willed cat that wants its way and is willing to sink its teeth into you to express it's displeasure. At other times, it's a playful kitten that just doesn't seem to comprehend that sinking in fangs or claws is not acceptable on human skin.
My cat-owning friends are mostly of the opinion that you cannot train a cat; you just learn to live with it. That's not an acceptable answer if the cat is going to continue to live in the same household with us. It has to learn to obey.
So, I'm looking for ideas. How do you train a cat to obey? How do you break its will without breaking its spirit or turning it mean? What do you use to punish a cat so that it understands it's done wrong? How do you turn a cat into a dog? ;) Current Mood: amused
|Saturday, October 28th, 2006|
I am going to a Halloween party tommorrow because this lady I used to know has a cat for which she needs to find a new home and when I talked to her about the cat she invited me to the party for the kids. So we might be getting a new kitty soon. He is an orange declawed cat about 6yo. She says he is good with kids and her Jack Russel so I think he will get along well here. I just hope he's short haired; I can't remember if she said he was. But with Justin's allergies a long-haired cat wont work. Current Mood: excited
|Monday, October 9th, 2006|
|Monday, October 2nd, 2006|
We found out over the weekend that my sis's dog Abbi might be having puppies. I've got mixed feelings about it, I'd absolutely love to have puppies, but I'm worried something might happen to Abbi. The more I think about it, the more excited I get, especially considering what the babies will look like.( The parents - Abbi and BuddyCollapse )
|Friday, September 29th, 2006|
|Sunday, September 24th, 2006|
|Tuesday, September 19th, 2006|
Hi! I just joined and thought I should introduce myself to everyone.
My name is Alisha and I absolutely adore animals. My family and I have quite a few pets. Indoors, we have a 6 year-old dachshund mix named Little Bit, a 1 year- old cat named Eliza and a brand-spanking new kitty named Zimmer. Outdoors, we have a 5 year-old mutt named Buddy and an almost 1 year-old German Shepard mix named Abbi.
Eliza is my cat, Little Bit and Zimmer are my mom's and Abbi and Buddy are my sister and dad's, but they feel like they belong to us all.
|Saturday, September 16th, 2006|
Hello! I just joined this community, I saw it on dog_lovers
and thought it seemed fun.
I have one Pembroke Welsh Corgi (though a bit lanky and odd looking) named Ein. He is a year old and I'm currently in the process still of training him by myself - which is what caught my eye. I am so proud when I've finally mastered a training step with him, I would have loved to talk about it when I finally got him to heel properly. That has been the most useful thing yet!
I also have a three year old brown tabby cat named Starling, although I just call her Kitty. She is usually very disgruntled, although she gets along with Ein very well.
Ein LOVES his kiwi toy!
Kitty has mixed feelings about the kiwi toy.
|Monday, September 11th, 2006|
|Friday, September 1st, 2006|
x-posted a little
Just looking up some things and found a few interesting sites about dog welfare and laws regarding dog ownership and liability. Any thoughts?http://www.canismajor.com/dog/laws1.htmlhttp://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusctst22_327_367.htmhttp://www.edgarsnyder.com/accidents/dogbite/dogbite-law/connecticut.htmlhttp://www.adoa.org/legal/ct.php
Yes, I live in CT, so these links apply mostly to CT law. I was trying to find out the rules regarding keeping your dog outside without shelter. See my neighbor has a shit szu that stays outside most of the day. He says the dog likes it, but from what I can see there is no way for the dog to go inside even if it didn't and there is no shelter on the porch where it stays. He usually keeps it inside on days when it's pouring, but otherwise, everytime I look outside that dog is sitting on the porch with only a gas grill to sit under. I would just call animal control, but he's a nice guy and I honestly think he just doesn't understand why this is a bad idea. Plus, I'm a bad dog owner and I haven't gotten my dog liscensed in the 3 years I've owned him. Mainly because you have to do it on the second week of June or pay a huge late fee. And the one time I was going to do it that lady told me I had to have proof of insurance or something weird like that and I haven't been back to town hall since then.
Anyways, I think the wording on the laws is always interesting. I mean, how is "Resonable length of time" determined? And how knowledgable are you all when it comes to your local laws governing dog ownership?
|Thursday, August 31st, 2006|
breathe, steph, you can do it, just...breathe....
my county is going to be voting on mandatory "Pit Bull type dogs" being registered, at a cost of $50 a year, and being licensed and approved to have a "lethal weapon" in your possession.....on a yearly review basis...
breathe in....breathe out.....
wonder if they realize that "Pit Bull" is not a type, in fact, Pitties are Terriers...
I dont' know if I should, yell, laugh, or cry. Or just yell ANd cry....
|Sunday, August 27th, 2006|
Hi there. I figured I should introduce me and my family since I am trying to get this community going.
I have 2 human children and a husband and a lovely mutt name Maximus. Yeah real original. He's supposed to be a guard dog of sorts so we decided to give him a strong name. He is named after the main character of "Gladiator." Maximus is a almost 60lb, 3 year old mix we adopted at the age of 8 weeks from a local humane society. They said his mother was lab/boxer cross, but he looks more like rottweilier or German shepherd and they have no idea what his father was. I think he's actually got "some pitt" in there somewhere b/c his mother was confiscated from a drug house at the age 6 or 8 monthes and close to being due with puppies. ( some pics of human and doggy children. :)Collapse )
|Saturday, August 26th, 2006|
hike with Max
I took my dog for a hike with my dad today. He got to run off-leash for about 10 minutes of the walk b/c the park was really busy. I felt so bad. He hasn't been out much this year so his manners were not that good. He was pretty jumpy. I want to take him walking more, but it is hard since he walk sooo much faster than my kids and it is too hard to push the stroller and manage a dog. He's so weird though because some people he would ignore and there were a few others (mostly older white men) who he was barking at. Which still doesn't make much sense b/c he didn't care about my dad. I think more than anything he just wanted to play, because his ears were up and his tail was wagging the whole time. More than one person was eyeing him like he was going to get loose or something. But he wasn't that bad, he didn't jump up or anything. At least no one made any "muzzle" comments today about the gentle leader. Current Mood: tired