REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF THE PHILIPPINES

ORDINANCE NO. 5

PROHIBITING THE SLAUGHTER OR
KILLING OF CARABAOS

There being an urgent necessity of protecting, conserving and increasing the stock of carabaos in the country and thereby insuring the success of the present national food production campaign, and pursuant to the authority conferred upon me by Article III, section 14, of the Constitution, I, Jose P. Laurel, President of the Republic of the Philippines, do hereby promulgate this Ordinance:

SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to slaughter or kill, or cause to be slaughtered or killed, any carabao under any condition.

SEC. 2. The possession of carabao meat or carcass shall be prima facie evidence that the possessor has slaughtered or killed a carabao and shall render him liable to the penalty provided hereunder.

SEC. 3. In extreme cases where a carabao has been so injured or disabled, either through natural or accidental causes, as would result in the death or absolute disability of the animal, a permit for its slaughter may be issued by the Director of Animal Industry or his duly authorized representative.

SEC. 4. Any violation of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be punished by a fine of not more than six hundred pesos or by imprisonment of not more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court. When the offender is a firm or corporation, the criminal liability shall devolve upon the manager thereof or person charged with the management of the affairs of such firm or corporation.

SEC. 5. Any law, or executive order or any part or parts thereof, inconsistent with this Ordinance, is hereby repealed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 1st day of March, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and forty-four, and of the Republic of the Philippines, the first.

(Sgd.) JOSE P. LAUREL
President of the Republic
of the Philippines

By the President:

(Sgd.) PEDRO SABIDO
Executive Secretary

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library