Through the centuries, humans have compromised animal welfare and species protection for a number of reasons. Whether it be destroying natural habitats for new buildings or agriculture, or testing chemicals on animals to determine whether substance is safe for human use, humans have rarely prioritized animals. Thus, Presidential Proclamation No. 715 dated October 11, 2014 was issued, declaring the first week pf October of each year as “Animal Welfare Week”. This proclamation is aimed at inculcating in the heart and mind every Filipino, particularly the youth, to love and be kind to animals, whether domesticated or wildlife. It furthers the aim of enhancing virtues of kindness, justice and protection of all living creatures as the greatest contributing factor to maintain and restore the country’s ecological balance.
This year’s theme is “Get Involved! Protect and Promote the Welfare of Animals”.
Source: DILG MC No. 2018-164