VIDEO: Systematic Tambucho killing of stray dogs continues in Kidapawan, Cotabato
Warning: Graphic video showing tambucho gassing
News program 24 Oras reports that tambucho gassing of stray dogs continues in Kidapawan, Cotabato. The tambucho gassing system is a legal way of killing unclaimed cats and dogs by trapping animals inside a metal box placed beside the tambucho of a truck, the engine of which is revved up for around 10 minutes. The 24 Oras video shows the dogs, a total of 15 according to the report, howling as the tambucho fumes suffocated them on August 11. After about seven minutes, the dogs were piled up and buried underground.
GMANews.tv reports that about 45 stray dogs were killed that day, August 11, in Kidapawan. Dr. Eugene Gornez, a city veterinarian, said the dogs were killed because their owners did not claim them within the prescribed seven-day period. Government veterinarians rounded up the dogs last week from major streets and subdivisions in Kidapawan.
Tambucho gassing is legal under an administrative order passed by the Committee on Animal Welfare, according to Manila Bulletin. Animal welfare groups Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Animal Kingdom Foundation, and Compassion and Responsibility towards Animals are lobbying against it and promoting the campaign "No to Tambucho Killing."
For more on this story, log on to GMANews.tv and watch the 24 Oras video.