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Please slow down for animals on the road

The UPLB community mourns the loss of its two cats

Just because you don't see animals doesn't mean they aren't nearby. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

When we talk about road safety, we usually think of people—drivers, motorcyclists, bikers, or pedestrians. But human beings aren’t the only road users around. Walk outside and you’ll see cats and dogs that belong to a place just as much as the people.

The community of the University of the Philippines Los Baños recently lost the lives of two cats, Minca and RuPaul. According to Cats of UPLB, the page received two messages within one hour of each other, notifying them of the death of the two cats, both caused by drivers of motor vehicles. While the person who ran over Minca was later identified, the one who killed RuPaul remains at large.

For the UPLB community, it’s as if they lost precious family members. PHOTOS FROM CATS OF UPLB

Some people think that restraining animals like these via a leash or a cage would prevent this. But not all animals are pets, and the reality is that too many motorists simply go too fast and can’t react in time. This affects not only the animals but also our children, with a study saying that around 38 die on the road daily.

We’re not saying you should drive as slow as a snail, but don’t barrel through streets as if they were an expressway, especially when you know that people and animals dwell on the streets. Regardless of whether you’re a dog person or a cat person (or neither), animals are still living beings and must be respected.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.