Heart Evangelista-Escudero: Promoting Animal Rights and Welfare

PAWS. Heart Evangelista-Escudero and her dog Panda, an asong pinoy (breed aspin). (photo added)

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PAWS. The writer is with actress Heart Evangelista-Escudero, who is also an animal rights activist. (photo added)

PAWS.  For Heart Evangelista Escudero, we see beauty beyond race when we pet cats and dogs.  (photo added)

PAWS. For Heart Evangelista Escudero, we see beauty beyond race when we pet cats and dogs. (photo added)

Besides being an actress, entertainer, and international fashion icon, Heart Evangelista – Escudero is also the spokesperson for the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (Paws).

As a Community Animal Rescue Efforts (Care) volunteer, I myself got to ask him about his views on animal welfare when he visited Bacolod City on Monday April 4th.

It is common knowledge that Evangelista-Escudero and her husband, Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero, are “fur relatives”.

They are indeed the happy owners of several “aspins” (asong Pinoy) and “puspins” (pusang Pinoy).

One of their “fur children” is Maria Panda Ongpauco Escudero or they call “Panda”, who travels with the actress whenever she is recorded.

Unfortunately, she says, there are groups that capture and kill stray animals, especially cats, instead of managing their overpopulation through the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) method.

Under TNR, feral cats are trapped, neutered or sterilized and then released back into the environment.

Campaigns calling on local government units to provide free spaying and neutering campaigns as overpopulation of stray dogs becomes erratic and a growing problem.

“It’s possible that they have been educated and there is a group of veterinarians who are ready to do a mass neutering and neutering campaign, to spay and spay as humans dogs and cats, but because of the budget that has been allocated to other important projects,” said Evangelista-Escudero.

She added that spaying and sterilization campaigns are still not seen as a top priority.

Currently, we are prohibited from bringing dogs, especially in some public places due to the increase in rabies cases in the country, she noted, adding that those who want to pet dogs and cats should “see beauty beyond race”.

Showing that he is indeed an animal advocate, Evangelista-Escudero’s husband has set up a provincial veterinary office, an animal shelter building and an animal diagnostic laboratory are housed in a complex and offer services such as medical tests, a pharmacy, laboratory tests, surgery, animal shelter, isolation and consultation, and a shelter that they can rehabilitate rescues.

He was also among the authors of the revised animal rights bill when he was still a senator.

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