MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Sensing that her Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) bill is headed for failure, Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros filed a new proposal she is calling ‘POGIE.’
POGIE stands for Pet Orientation and Gender Identity Expression.
Hontiveros’ new bill, which is aimed at protecting the rights of animals, will prohibit veterinarians from indicating the gender of newly-born pets in their birth certificates. The proposal prescribes for a waiting period of 3 years (that’s 21 in dog years) before a pet owner can have his or her animal’s gender indicated on the birth certificate.
In batting for the new bill, Hontiveros said the 3-year waiting period will allow pet owners to observe the sexual behaviour of their animal companions. It will ensure that their pets will not be wrongfully assigned a gender at birth.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), a volunteer-based, non-government organization whose aim is to prevent animal cruelty, has thrown its 100% support for Hontiveros’ proposal.