A carabao that escaped from a slaughterhouse over the weekend ran amok in the middle of a road in Trese Martires, Cavite.
According to Cedric Castillo’s report on “24 Oras” on Monday, the carabao thrashed at several vehicles and could not be subdued.
“Mayroon pong isang kalabaw na on a rampage. Nakatakas po sa slaughterhouse. Nakaalpas po ito sa tali,” Trece Martires City Police chief Police Colonel Jonathan Asnan said.
(A carabao went on a rampage. It escaped from a slaughterhouse.)
At least six vehicles were damaged in the incident. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
“Nakita na po namin ang threat. No choice na po kami to neutralize po ang kalabaw in a safe place po nabiril namin… hindi rin po kami nagpaputok lalo na po sa populated area,” Asnan said.
(We saw the threat. We had no choice but to neutralize the carabao. In a safe place, we shot the carabao... we did not shoot, in a populated area.)
The carabao’s owner took full responsibility for the incident and promised that it would not happen again.
In a statement given to GMA News, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said that authorities should have tranquilizers on-hand and should have officers trained to use them.
PETA also said that many cities around the world use tranquilizers to keep stray animals from being killed.
“PETA would have been happy to find a sanctuary where this carabao could have lived out his days, safe and in a more natural environment,” the group said.
“If not gunned down, this carabao would have eventually met a violent end in a slaughterhouse. If you are saddened by the shooting of the carabao, please consider making the switch to a vegan lifestyle,” it added.
Meanwhile, Ansan said they would find other ways to respond to such situations.
“Naghahanap po kami ng intervention. Siguro para hindi mamatay o mabaril ang kalabaw ay siguro itali muna namin o mayroon kaming team from the CDRRMO at PNP. Trained team para matalian,” he said.
(We are looking for other ways to intervene. Maybe to prevent the carabao from dying or being shot, we might tie it first or have a team from the CDRRMO and PNP. Trained team to tie the carabao.) — Mel Matthew Doctor