Today in Philippine History, January 26, 1954, President Magsaysay issued an executive order prohibiting the slaughtering of carabaos

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On January 26, 1954, President Ramon Magsaysay issued Executive Ordtr No. 8, prohibiting the slaughtering of carabaos for a period of one year, beginning January 31, 1954. The President stated that Republic Act No. 11, approved September 2, 1946, prohibits the slaughtering of male and female carabaos, horses, mares, and cows, unless authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

President Ramon Magsaysay in 1954 in Masbate
(President Ramon Magsaysay in 1954 in Masbate)

Magsaysay in a statement, stated that he was informed by the Director of Animal Industry, Manuel G. Sumulong, that a total of 156,216 carabaos were slaughtered from 1947 to 1953 in Manila and suburbs, and that 247,895 were slaughtered in the provinces during the same period; 82,401 of these carabaos were slaughtered in Manila and suburbs and the provinces the previous year alone.

The President stressed that the slaughtered carabaos were still fit for work, and the indiscriminate slaughtering had resulted in a scarcity of animals and a rise in the price of carabaos to such an extent that poor barrio farmers could not afford to buy animals for their farm work.

Reference:
American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Volume XXX, Number 1, January 1954


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