Travel Restrictions and Checkpoints Are Preventing Veterinarians and Rescuers From Saving Animals’ Lives

For Immediate Release:
March 24, 2020

Manila — This morning, PETA rushed an urgent letter to President Rodrigo Duterte and other government officials asking that veterinarians and animal rescuers be considered “essential workers” and granted access to move freely across Luzon and the rest of the Philippines to continue helping animals in need.

Currently, because of travel restrictions and checkpoints, several veterinarians cannot reach their clinics. Similarly, PETA receives calls about dying and sick animals all the time, but right now, its rescue team is unable to go to their aid.

In the letter, PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker writes, “[Veterinarians and animal rescuers] are involved in lifesaving efforts, and their help is desperately needed by animals such as dogs and cats, especially during this national health emergency. Not allowing these workers to provide animals with vital assistance could lead members of the public to take matters into their own hands without professional help, which could be disastrous for humans, animals, and the community at large.”

PETA hopes the restrictions will be lifted immediately. The group’s animal hotline number is still open. Anyone who is quarantined and unable to care for their companion animals or who encounters an animal in immediate physical danger or in urgent need of food or veterinary care should call PETA’s emergency response line at 0999-888-7382.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. PETA’s letter is available to read here. For more information, please visit