Tambutso killing of dogs brutal, say welfare groups

Posted at 08/03/2010 9:41 PM | Updated as of 08/04/2010 7:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Animal welfare groups are crying foul over an allegedly brutal, albeit legal, way of killing dogs in city pounds.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) said city pounds all over the country are now using the so-called “tambutso gassing” as a means to regulate the number of stray dogs and cats.

Together with members of the Compassion and Responsibility towards Animal and the Animal Kingdom Foundation, Inc., the group is asking the government to quash an administrative order on the euthanasia of animals.

The order is anchored on the Animal Welfare Law, which legalizes the use of carbon monoxide gas from the muffler of vehicles.

The order was approved by the Department of Agriculture.

The groups said many are now using “tambutso gassing” across the country, such as in Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Tarlac.

Thousands of dogs are reportedly killed every week through this method.

The groups presented a video taken from a city pound in North Cotabato.

The video showed men confining several dogs inside a metal box. A truck’s muffler was then attached to the metal box. After 10 minutes, the dogs are already dead.

The groups said there are more humane ways of killing dogs, including the use of injections. Euthal, or sodium pentobarbital, is commonly used to euthanize dogs.

While it is more expensive, costing about P150 per dog, the government can ask for funding from abroad, the groups said. With a report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN