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Petition against the UP cat killer [05 May 2009|05:00pm]


Justice for Tengteng

Target: Faculty of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
Sponsored by: Ted Teodoro

There are over half a million stray animals in the Philippines, and this is the story of just one of them. Tengteng was a month-old stray kitten who lived precariously on the grounds of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. Those who knew her spoke of a kitten who benefited from random acts of kindness including handouts of food, water, even a new collar to make herself look pretty. She enjoyed fleeting but happy moments with students who gave her a scratch or two, a tummy rub, and  pats on her head. The only known photograghs of Tengten are the ones you see on this site. One can say that Tengteng was not as hard up as other strays in the Philippines, but she was without a regular source of food,  a home and a family to protect her.

Tengteng, like all animals, was God's child. But her life came to an abrupt end when on April 13th a second year physics student named Joseph Carlo Candare took her life and bragged about it on the web. On his blog entry for that day, Mr. Candare mockingly called Tengteng's death " an accidental Crime." However, by other accounts, Tengteng's killing was a deliberate and blood-thirsty attack fueled by Mr. Candare's visceral and sadistic hatred of cats.

How much hate, you might ask?

Mr. Candare was described as taking a running start, leaping into the air, and then landing on Tengteng with the full force of his weight and momentum. Tengteng, who could not have weighed more than two pounds, was crushed under the grown man's weight. This was a conscious act, and Mr. Candare had ample opportunities to change his mind. Whatever life was left in Tengteng's body, the last few ounces of strength she had, enabled her to seek shelter in a hovel where she ultimately died moments later, alone.  The imagery is horrifying, but we have been spared the deathly sounds that must have been blood-curdling. The agonizing scream of a kitten, the crushing of her bones, the taunting of the victor over the vanquished, it was a triumphant moment for one but unnecessarily tragic for another.

Why should we care?

Some have argued that we care too much about a kitten who did not belong to anyone. Some said tha there are many strays; why care about this one? All animals deserve respect. When we disrespect an animal, that says more about us than the animal. It is not how many animals are abused, but it is the knowledge that a most heinous crime was committed on a defenseless and sentient being that behooves us to act. Such acts, however singular, offends our sense of decency and righteousness. If there is one abused animal, then that is one too many. When we are confronted by cruelty, we must address it. Acts of abject cruelty towards animals, like Tengteng's killing, are simply unacceptable.  It is up to the enlightened and the compassionate to stand up and speak in behalf of those on the receiving end of humankind's brute  force.

Why take my word for it?

You do not have to. I am reproducing Mr. Candare's blog entry for your perusal. Here, you can read his own words, his self-confession as a serial killer of cats, his disingenuous pang of conscience, and his not-so-veiled threat to kill more in a month ( English translation in brackets) :

"An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. [ I don't really know why my self-control is not enough to overcome my hatred of cats ]  I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for its life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: " Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!" [ Can you leave the cat alone? ]. It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain [ we went back to whatever unfinished work we had ]. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa" [ Hey, JC, you killed that cat ]. Hours later, habang abala sa XRD [ while busy at XRD ], a guy came in. Tanong niya: " Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" [ He asked, who killed that cat? ] Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles [ but Myles said ] it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. 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. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life. 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? "

To Whom Should We Appeal?

We are appealing to the high officials of the University of the Philippines at Diliman (U.P.) namely Dr. Sergio Cao, Chancellor of UP, Dr. Arnel Salvador, Director of the National Institute of Physics at UP, and to Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science UP.

These gentlemen, in their respective capacities, have the authority to set things right at the university. They can condemn, reject, and punish those who practice animal cruelty within the ranks of the university. They are gatekeepers to the long and illustrious history of the university. The conduct and safety of the student body are under their purview. We, therefore, are calling upon these gentlemen to apply the only just and appropriate punishment for Mr. Candare which is immediate expulsion from the university and to assist in seeking proper medical attention for Mr. Candare

I am asking for one thousand signatures. If you agree with the spirit of this petition, please sign it and offer your opinion for the benefit of these learned gentlemen. I will post updates when new developments occur. I thank you for helping engender a more compassionate Filipino society.

Addenda: There were questions about criminal charges. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in the process of gathering affidavits from eye-witnesses. Yes, Mr. Candare violated the provisions of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, Republic Act 8485. PAWS' volunteer lawyer will be mapping our their legal case against Mr. Candare.

05/02/09 I had Mr. Candare's name as John C. Candare in the initial post because he presented himself as such on another blog, but someone corrected me. His real name is Joseph Carlo Candare.

05/02/09 You may express your outrage but please no personal threats against Mr. Candare. I have to submit this petition to UP officials, and I want it fair and clean. Substantive comments will greatly help the impact of this petition. Thanks.


Tengteng at play


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Replace all animal experiments in Europe petition [25 Feb 2007|12:35am]

Please sign:


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[17 Nov 2006|11:24am]

I think it's high time YAAS started promoting its cute community backside off.

The promo banners and the html for them are on the info page. Could the current members please take a minute to promote yaas in their journals, communities, userinfo.. etc. etc. I have plans to make YAAS a lot better a lot faster, but I can't do that with only a handful of members who are interested.


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[01 Nov 2006|05:45pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Hey, I'm in a really great mood today - awakened this morning and realised that Christmas isnt all that far around the bend!

I realised recently that a lot of new vegetarians have a lot of trouble around the Christmas period so here's the Vegetarian Societys survival guide :)

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Petition [31 Oct 2006|03:12pm]

The National Trust wants to allow the Devon & Somerset Staghounds onto their land to kill deer. Please sign the League Against Cruel Sports petition before the AGM on 4 November:

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Article [03 Oct 2006|01:16pm]

by Vernon Coleman (sorry, it's old but sadly still relevant)

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[15 Sep 2006|12:31pm]

Here's the campaign report;

And here is the petition;

It'd be useful if everyone could print out even just one petition and get it filled in and sent back to animal aid. Real petitions are the ones which are genuinely taken into consideration by the government, not the online ones which are often seen as invalid. Each petition only has 14 spaces so it really wouldn't take up much time!

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[11 Jul 2006|11:24pm]

Please take this survey
You never know they may listen.

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[28 Jun 2006|09:45pm]

Please watch the new Rise Against video which can be found here. This is not a pointless band promotion - it's Animal Rights awareness.

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[19 May 2006|11:23pm]


Alright everyone.
I have just today changed the style  and userinfo. There is now an APPLICATION, not the kind where you get voted yes/no, all applicants will be accepted, but the application is there as an introduction. So if you intend on becoming active in this community, please fill one out, even if you've been a member for a while. I've also made some promo banners, PLEASE USE THEM. This community has 19 members - it's a little pathetic, so help me make it GROW.

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[19 May 2006|12:49am]

Link to a petition against glue traps:

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[15 May 2006|11:44pm]

Hullo! Lets get this community active.

Who saw Dispatches:Mad About Animals on channel 4 tonight?

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[20 Mar 2006|06:42pm]

[ mood | angry ]

Does Dove products test on animals?

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[20 Aug 2005|12:21pm]

Tabling/Demo Organising

Hands up whose interested!

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[22 Jul 2005|01:25am]



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[12 Jul 2005|01:08am]

If you thought it was all input and no eventual output, think again.
I found this website today about a successful campaign by Peta against Burger King....


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[12 Jul 2005|12:52am]

How do you feel about graphic but effective avatars?

under this cut - v graphicCollapse )

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[11 Jul 2005|11:48am]

This morning i woke up to a parcel from peta filled with stickers (is it immature that i get excited about stickers?), flyers, booklets, a KFCruelty poster and a dvd.

So i watched this dvd this morning... i've never watched any of the fur videos before because i thought, "i can campaign against it without visually upsetting myself, i know its wrong..." but after checking the "meat is murder" and "chew on this" videos previously to put them on the YAAS website (http://yaasonline.cjb.net), i thought it couldnt get any worse.

Well, i was fucking wrong. For a second, it looks like the animal is dead, and is having its fur and skin pulled straight from its body, and then it starts moving. You then see footage of a skinned animal, lying, blinking, breathing, looking up, still alive.

So here's an incentive to campaign against fur...

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[09 Jul 2005|01:57pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Um. Hi! I've joined this community around a month ago and I've been pretty silent. I finally have a question after much time. It might sound kind of silly, but this thought occured to me a while back...

Does animal cruelty apply to pet fish? Even though they have a sense of pain and feelings too, I can understand why people wouldn't get entirely worked up over the smaller fish (Like Tetras), as much as I hate to admit it. There are hundreds of them everywhere, and I'm aware how easily they get diseases. Since there are so many, there isn't much someone could do to help a fish that small... I'm sure you can't take a tetra fish to a vet and have it healed. But then there are enormous fish that are kept as pets, such as catfish. If you were to report a fish of this size being underfed or treated wrongly (I've heard hundreds of tales about pet fish cruelty) would something be done about it, or would the authorities just shrug it off, because it's 'only a fish'?

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[02 Jul 2005|02:45am]


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