Network for Animals met recently with Jinkee Pacquiao, wife of Filipino boxing legend and senator Manny Pacquiao.
Mrs Pacquiao, herself a respected ex-politician, was shocked to learn about the cruelty of Organized Horse Fighting. The bloodsport sees female horses tied-up in the middle of a makeshift arena, to arouse the fighting instinct of stallions, who will kick and bite each other into submission and even death. The ‘winning’ stallion mounts the mare after fighting, a process which is repeated up to twelve-times-per-day, effectively leaving the female horse gang-raped in the name of entertainment.
Our veterinarian and campaigner Medino Yebron, went on to discuss the need for political pressure to be enacted on the Dog Meat Trade. Network for Animals has fought for dogs in the Philippines for almost two decades, and regularly coordinates raids on illegal slaughterhouses and restaurants.
Jinkee Pacquiao was moved and grateful for Network for Animals efforts, suggested routes for the political advancement of our campaigns, and informed us that she will share our work with her husband Manny Pacquiao, with hope for future collaboration.