The University of the Philippines Diliman suspended its memorandum ordering the catching of stray animals inside the campus after some animals rights groups questioned the move, a report from GMA's “News to Go” said Thursday.
In a statement, UP Chancellor Michael Tan temporarily suspended the memorandum which took effect on July 6, 2015.
“An expanded Animal Welfare Committee will be instituted to scientifically deal with the issues,” Tan said.
According to UP Diliman Community Relations Officer-in-Charge Dr. Oscar Ferrer, they issued the memorandum to protect the well-being of their community from health concerns such as rabies.
“A lot of our stakeholders, faculty, they're complaining [about the stray animals]. We have other personnel na nakagat ng pusa,” Ferrer said.
The UP administration initially planned to turn over to the local government the stray animals to be caught so they can be held until claimed by caring individuals.
But the Quezon City Veterinary Office pointed out that stray animals will undergo euthanasia if unclaimed after three days.
Due to this, animals rights groups like Friends of Campus Animals (FOCA) and Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) strongly opposed the memorandum.
“We are urgently requesting the recall of this order to round up the animals in the UP Diliman Campus starting... July 15,” the FOCA statement read.
“We would like to round them up to neuter them. This is the humane and scientific way of controlling population of strays,” CARA Philippines President Nancy Cu-Unjieng said. —Andrei Medina/KG, GMA News