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posted by Michel on Nov 11

Friends, with the recent super-typhoon raging over the Philippines, we are GRATEFUL that the AARRC staff and animals are unharmed and damage is limited. But we would like to HELP our immediate neighbours in Kalibo and villagers in my wife’s town SEBASTE, ANTIQUE to rebuild their homes.

I’m pledging EUR 100 … Please join me:

Beneficiary: M.J.L van der Kleij
IBAN: NL35INGB0004179605 BIC: INGBNL2A
ING Bank
Bijlmerplein 888
1102 MG Amsterdam

Please mark your donation “Philippines”. Thank you very much!

p.s. Those of you that know me personally will already know that ALL donations go DIRECT to the people, NONE of it will be used for ourselves. I will post the results right here. That’s a promise!




posted by Michel on Oct 6

Shame, shame, shame on me.  I was away in Hong Kong for work and could find absolutely no time to update our web site. I did find time to visit our shelter in Kalibo 3 times though. And I volunteered for the EXCELLENT Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR), most notably at their kennels in Tai Po, but also the centre for smaller dogs in Ap Lei Chau.

To make up for lost time, I prepared the first ever AARRC Newsletter, something we had wanted to do for a long time but never got around to.

AARRC Newsletter October 2012

posted by Michel on Mar 24

If there is one thing I truly hate about the Philippines, it surely must be cockfighting. Why do I hate it so much? Read on!

A recent article in the Examiner tells us of a representative who wants a cruel and heartless pastime to be registered as “cultural heritage”.

That representative, and indeed the government, fails to recognise cockfighting for what it really is: a national addiction to gambling. Nothing more, nothing less. It has no more to do with Philippine culture than, say, having to go to the loo everyday.

I realise that in our own country, much to my resentment, use of soft drugs is legalised under certain circumstances and that many individuals engage in the drug scene in one way or another. Some make a good living from it. Others, the addicts, are forced to steal to get their daily fix. There are those that use (soft) drugs and carry on living, if only a little shorter. So intertwined with life over here it most certainly is, but calling drugs part of our cultural heritage? NO WAY!!!

Gambling, of course, makes the poor even poorer and the rich even richer. It induces crime and spreads poverty. Additionally, it is simply torture of living creatures that suffer badly and unnecessarily, all in the name of, wait for it, “entertainment” … In short this is definitely NOT what I would want my national cultural heritage to associate with. Should’t cultural heritage be about things that you are really proud of? So what pride can one possibly have over a pair of innocent birds that are forced to kill each other (which they would never do in nature)?

Furthermore, the people that frequent these gruelling and bloody events only teach their offspring that (animal) suffering and drawing blood is “fun” and that gambling is an acceptable pastime. So will these youngsters be guaranteed a peaceful and crimefree society when they grow up? I think not!

Cockfighting must be banned, it’s bad, bad news for filippinos!

Cockfight victim dying in vain

Innocent victim of gambling addiction

posted by Michel on Nov 11

How can anybody do a thing like this to innocent creatures!?!?! You’ll no doubt forgive me for not posting the photos mentioned below. Dr. Zunio from Pets in Practice writes:

Dear all,

This is the medical report that goes with the photos of the poor kittens from dasma village that had to be euthanized:

On the 3rd of november 2008, Ms Nancy CuUnjieng brought in rescued kittens to Vets in Practice from Dasmarinas Village, Makati City. the kittens were wrapped in a plastic bag according to Ms Nancy, and upon examination revealed to be strangled on their own umbilical cords. It is with human intervention that the umbilical cords still attached to each kitten were tied together and could not be released by the mother. Some parts of the body were already swollen due to absence of blood circulation from being strangled. all of them were already dehydrated and had difficulty breathing; they were still covered with their own placenta and were crying from hunger and cold.

The kittens were already dying and presented signs of infection; their immune system is not yet well developed to combat infection. due to the clinical signs seen, the kittens were euthanised using an intravenous euthanasia agent.

This report is issued upon the request of Ms CuUnjieng for whatever purpose it may serve.

Rizalina Zunio, DVM