by Dave Leland E. Pahila
The Philippine islands and seas have one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Both public and private sectors have institutionalized programs having to do with animals–from conservation efforts, adoption processes, to legal actions. As new species are being discovered, some are continuously threatened by various factors–human activity, habitat loss, and the like. These episodes focus on pressing and relevant issues in animal welfare–discussing endangered animals and harmful practices–and what concerned parties are doing about it.
Our oceans are filled with a diverse set of species of pawikan. Human activity threatens these marine turtles, which has devastating effects on the environment and society. Biologist and Pawikan Conservation Society member Nilo Ramoso shares about these damaging activities and why there is a need in improving the welfare of pawikan in the country.
Having pets around the house, particularly dogs and cats, has been a trend among households. Animal lover Christine Cox and Eric Suguitan of CARA weigh in on this trend, tackle harmful practices and habits, and discuss the advantages of adopting. Cox and Suguitan share some reminders and limitations on adopting to ensure the welfare and safety of animals.
Dr. Mudjekeewis Santos from the Bureau of Fisheries explains how specific species of sharks are becoming endangered in the country, which practices have contributed to this problem, and some common misconceptions about them. Dr. Santos also shares about the country’s unique and rich marine biodiversity and the quest of discovering more species.
Big cats in the Philippines such as tigers and leopards play a huge role in the ecosystem–but they have been facing a threat to their survival in recent years. Wildlife Resources Division Chief Josefina De Leon discusses the welfare of these big cats with an environmental and legal perspective, particularly regarding big cats in captivity.
Haribon Conservation Specialist J Kahlil Panopio and Kitty Amante from the Haribon Media and Communications Team talk about the importance of protecting the Philippine eagle not only as a national symbol but as a species–noting specific dangerous practices that contribute to the depletion of the eagle population, and how eagles have adapted to climate change.