Numerous ASPIN dogs in the Philippines struggle to fight against neglect and rejection. Without any statistics to back up this assertion, this claim, however, may prove to be correct. For example, a few Filipinos buy expensive and popular dogs to be their pets. They find the best breed and ask experts which one to choose. When asked about aspins as their pet dogs, they raise their eyebrows and disregard them. Despite aspins’ amiable, faithful, and keen characters, pet owners fail to appreciate and value them. As a result, many aspins in the country remain in cages and chains or become stray dogs leaving them to find dirty food for survival.
The word “ASPIN”
The word “Aspin” in the Filipino language comes from the phrase or term “Asong Pinoy.” The plural of the word “aspin” is aspins. These aspins are friendly, intelligent, lovely, and loyal. However, many Filipino people don’t like them just because of their breed. Instead of taking care of them, they spend too much money to buy those popular dog breeds, such as Australian Shepherds, Boxers, Siberian Huskies, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Great Danes, Miniature Schnauzers, Doberman Pinschers, Shih Tzu, and the like.
In the Philippines, some dog owners don’t care about their pet dogs. They only care about their expensive pets, such as Labrador retriever, German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Beagle, French bulldog, Yorkshire terrier, Poodle, and the like. Besides, they are so proud that they own one or two. They even train their pets because they love them. These dog breeds are quite expensive that dog owners take care of them like family members. However, they frown their faces when they hear about aspins. For them, aspins are worthless to the point that they disregard the whole existence of these aspins. As a result, they will chain them for eternity only to watch for robbers and strangers.
Being alarm clocks
At some point, dog owners will station their pet dogs near the gate or in the basement. They, often, lock those pet dogs in their cages for the rest of their lives. They will throw some leftovers or pieces of bread into their dirty food containers. Due to the harsh reality of life, these dogs, however, will eat those food waste to survive.
Aspins can still recognize their owners despite the unkind attitude of their owners. They will still wag their tails to recognize their owners’ arrival after work. They never complain about their situation. Besides, they can’t talk anyway. They will bark at night when robbers and strangers get nearer the owners’ houses. They become alarm clocks when possible break-ins happen. For that reason, these pet dogs struggle to live their lives from unkind circumstances.
Being digestive materials at the table
A few people in the country, particularly those individuals who live in the mountains and provinces, will eat aspins. These pet dogs become digestive materials at the table. They treat these aspins as meats. In some places, the underground killing of aspins happens without legal repercussions. None tries to report to the police. Local restaurants, for instance, serve dog meats on the table. The customers of the eatery or restaurants don’t even bother about it. Even if they know the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines, they continue to slaughter these pet dogs for meats and sell them to people.
RA 8485 – The Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines
To protect these aspins or pet dogs, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) works hard to advance the welfare of domesticated animals and other pets. In 1998, former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos signed the Animal Welfare Bill into law. Now, people who maltreat their animals will confront the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 or the Republic Act (RA) 8485.
Now, you can protect these aspins from human cruelty – being abused, chained, and tortured. You can save them from their abusive dog owners. You can take care of them by calling the police so that these brutal dog owners will go to jail. These dog owners must, in the end, realize that these pet dogs, regardless of their breeds, are angels to give them joy. You, too, can do it.
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