Two years ago, Joseph Carlo Candare , a sophomore year in the UP National Institute of Physics wrote about killing a cat named Teteng in his Multiply blog “My Perfect Symmetry.” In his blog, he wrote:
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“This isn’t the first time I’ve killed a cat but this time it’s different. It didn’t occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it.”
“So there you go I’m sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it (a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That’s how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer?” he added.
Instead of sentencing him to six months to two-year jail term as mandated by law, Judge Catherine Manodon ordered Candare to pay a P2,000 fine (46 dollars) for violating the country’s Animal Welfare Act. He will also do volunteer work for Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in the next two to six months. Though the sentence didn’t seem to be justifiable to most in Twitter, I believe a conviction is already good enough. “Candare is the first person to be convicted of animal cruelty in the Philippines. Atty. Roy Kayaban Jr., PAWS spokesman, said the Candare case should serve as a lesson to deter Filipinos from being cruel to animals.”
Candare with other volunteers “will be taking care of 255 cats, 53 dogs, as well as cleaning their cages and doing clerical work.”
He will also receive advice from a psychologist.
Twitter reactions were mostly outraged or disappointed that the sentence was too light. @lilmissfairue says it is “Great day for the kitty world, although I would have preferred if he serves time in jail”. @emilliejoyd suggestion is quite funny: ” sana, dagdag na parusa, ipinabilang sa cat killer ang balahibo ng pusa. ewan ko na lang kung di pa siya magtanda.” Like @PattyCake25 I felt Candare ” needs psych therapy. If he can do that 2 animals what more 2 humans? ”