Animal Scene - - ALMANAC - Text by RA­MON FRANCISCO

Joint po­lice-mil­i­tary check­points have made a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to an­i­mal or pet wel­fare. Just re­cently, hun­dreds of “askals” (asong ka­lye or stray dogs) were seized by law­men at a check­point in La­guna.

The dogs were bound for “dog meals” up in a city in the North. Another check­point, with the help of an an­i­mal wel­fare group, seized bags of dog meat, bound for a mar­ket in Metro Manila.

With these seizures, the au­thor­i­ties notched record hauls to stop the an­i­mal meat trade. These may be small ac­tions, but a big step for the preser­va­tion of the an­i­mal pet king­dom.

Another fac­tor to con­sider is the govern­ment plan to ban or min­i­mize fire­cracker ex­plo­sions, risky as this may be, all over the na­tion. Ci­ti­zens are sick and tired of noisy cel­e­bra­tions, like the tra­di­tional New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) bang.

The noise not only pol­lutes the air, but also wracks the nerves of men and an­i­mals. If these were not enough, man is not wor­thy of be­ing called the “ste­wards of God’s lovely crea­tures.”

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