Due to complaints of abusive and impertinent behaviour, only comments that further the cause of preservation and propagation of our precious wildlife, and those that respect the laws will be tolerated in this petition.
I WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGIZE FOR OFFENSIVE REMARKS POSTED BY SOME PERSONS IN THIS FORUM. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF SOME ATTITUDES CONSERVATIONISTS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE TO PUT UP WITH. THANKFULLY THEY ARE MOST CERTAINLY NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE AS A WHOLE WHO CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THEIR ENVIRONMENT AND THEIR CHILDRENS FUTURES.
My name is Josef and I am an avid lover of the environment. In the past years I have been engaged in bird conservation work on Negros Island, Philippines, considered to be one of the world's biodiversity hotspots where many species are threatened by the unbrideled onslaught of illegal activities such as HUNTING, ILLEGAL LOGGING, SLASHING AND BURNING, MINING etc. My family and friends have spent a lot of time, resources and effort in trying to provide a safe and healthy environment for birds and other animals.
Consequently I had the shock of my life whilst browsing Google for bird information yesterday. An innocuous looking link popped up in the search results and it took a while for the header to sink in : "The Bacolod Air Rifle Hunting Club". My curiosity being piqued I decided to click the link and do some exploratory browsing with a bit of a heavy feeling in my stomach, but nothing could have prepared me for the "Quarry" and "Photos" section of this ghastly website. It was like being stabbed through the heart, hundreds of hundreds of massacred doves of all kinds, mallards. whistling ducks and snipes. It was unbelievable seeing all this. One man in the pictures you will see has more dead ducks around his neck than i have ever seen in the wild. This is a screaming injustice and DECIDEDLY ILLEGAL.
PHILIPPINE LAW STIPULATES HUNTING OF ALL WILDLIFE AS ILLEGAL, regardless of which species.
What is even more disconcerting is the fact that clubs such as these proliferate throughout the Philippines, from Albay to Isabela to Coron to Negros, Cebu and Mindanao this is not just a local phenomenon its a national one. I am very intent on getting the media and the public to focus on this issue as these "hunters" have apparently been doing this for quite some time and in the process been reducing the already dwindling wild populations of these beautiful endemic birds to alarming proportions. The two of us alone cannot achieve much but if we all work together perhaps we may be able to create enough attention to shame these misguided souls into stopping this wholesale massacre and bring the responsible felons to justice.
I would like to request of you to save the webpage before it gets shut down and spread the link and this email to the press and any friends who you may have who could help make this outrageous "clubs" activities public. The resulting stir may be enough to force our government into action and bring these criminals to justice.
By signing this petition we will show the Media and the Philippine government that we will not tolerate the exploitation of our WILDLIFE by anyone and express our indignation at the slaughter of innocent animals for "FUN" and "SPORT".
Below I have copied and pasted the links for you to browse to see for yourself the great tragedy that is befalling our islands native species.
Thank You In Advance for signing this petition! You are making a difference!
1: the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty
2 : a cruel or wanton murder
3 : a wholesale slaughter of animals
4 : an act of complete destruction
Here is an overview of links (newspapers, television, private blogs) featuring the hunting issue :
Slaughter of the Birds (Inquirer)
Video: Shooting team may be in trouble for shooting near extinct ducks (GMA News)
Video: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho: Bird Hunting (GMA News)
Bird Massacre in the Philippines (BirdingPal Blog)
THREE MEMBERS OF THE PHILIPPINE SHOOTING TEAM AND THE SHOOTING OF PHILIPPINE WILDLIFE
17,000 Birds sighted in Candaba Swamp (Inquirer)
Atienza 'hunts' bird hunters (DENR)
Philippines warns hunters (India Times)
RP warns against hunting rare species (Inquirer)
The Philippine Duck --- Hunted and Killed
RP warns against hunting rare species (ABS-CBN)
If it flies, it dies (Inquirer)
DENR warns vs wildlife species attackers (GMA News)
Video: 3 RP shooting team members may be charged for shooting ducks
Atienza warns bird hunters (Journal Online)
PNP, Bantay Dagat on-guard against bird hunters (Alaminos City Website)
DENR warns on killing of birds (The Manila Bulletin Online)
Atienza "hunts" bird hunters(Business Mirror)
Candaba mayor seeks help from DENR over shooting of birds(GMA NewsTV)
Wild bird club hits sports fowl-hunting (Sun Star Pampanga)
WWF sounds alarm on bird hunting (Inquirer)
Concern raised over hunting of native duck (Malaya)
Postmortem Evidence (Cebu Daily News)
Bantay Dagat and The Three Members of the Philippine Shooting Team
Hunters oppose ban on wild bird hunt (ABS-CBN Interactive)
WWF Anger in Philippines as hunters posted pictures of killed threatened birds on their websites
Hunters still breaking chain of life for "fun" (Visayan Daily Star)
Negros bird slaughter raises outcry (Inquirer)
Hunter admits shooting birds considered "pests"
Philippine Eagle killed in the wilds of Bukidnon(Inquirer)
Section 27. Illegal Acts. - Unless otherwise allowed in accordance with this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to willfully and knowingly exploit wildlife resources and their habitats, or undertake the following acts;
(a) killing and destroying wildlife species, except in the following instances;
(i) when it is done as part of the religious rituals of established tribal groups or indigenous cultural communities;
(ii) when the wildlife is afflicted with an incurable communicable disease;
(iii) when it is deemed necessary to put an end to the misery suffered by the wildlife;
(iv) when it is done to prevent an imminent danger to the life or limb of a human being; and
(v) when the wildlife is killed or destroyed after it has been used in authorized research or experiments.
(b) inflicting injury which cripples and/or impairs the reproductive system of wildlife species;
(c) effecting any of the following acts in critical habitat(s)
(i) dumping of waste products detrimental to wildlife;
(ii) squatting or otherwise occupying any portion of the critical habitat;
(iii) mineral exploration and/or extraction;
(v) logging; and
(d) introduction, reintroduction or restocking of wildlife resources;
(e) trading of wildlife;
(f) collecting, hunting or possessing wildlife, their by-products and derivatives;
(g) gathering or destroying of active nests, nest trees, host plants and the like;
(h) maltreating and/or inflicting other injuries not covered by the preceding paragraph; and
(i) transporting of wildlife.Thank you for taking your time to read this letter! Your action is very much appreciated!
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