(Rudolph the Deer is being held at East Avenue Medical Center,
Diliman, Quezon City)
Editor's note: The following is an update to the issue of Rudolph the Deer whom the Diliman Diary stumbled across last December 23, 2010. Our immediate concern is the possible imminent demise of Rudolph the Deer where he will be converted into "pulutan" or finger food in time for the December 31, 2010 New Year's revelries. To readers following this story, here are narrative threads of the progress of this story,
in the form of previous links: http://diliman-diary.blogspot.com/2010/12/update-on-rudolph-deer-who-remains.html and http://diliman-diary.blogspot.com/2010/12/merry-christmas-to-all-and.html.
The Diliman Diary is also embedding below our email correspondence with Ms. Anna Hashim-Cabrera, the Program Director of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). We shall continue to keep our readers updated about future developments about Rudolph the Deer.
Thank you so much for your swift response as well as Ms. Tessa's very timely reaction to the plight of Rudolph the Deer.
I completely agree that a letter from PAWS to Dr. Cortez, the Medical Director of East Avenue Medical Center would be very appropriate. I would urge PAWS to have the letter received by at least December 30, as the Palace has declared December 28 to 30, 2010 as the only remaining working days of the year (please see: http://diliman-diary.blogspot.com/2010/12/malacanang-advisory-december-holidays.html).
Rudolph the Deer was tied up to a very short leash in the back of the EAMC compound so if it is at all feasible (Ms. Tessa suggested in a text that there was a possibility that an institution such as Central Luzon State University might be able to adopt Rudolph the Deer), it would be ideal if Rudolph was sent to another place where he can roam freely as he was meant to.
While I do not have concrete evidence that Rudolph will soon become finger food, I was brought to the security guard compound where I had the feeling that those guys were already in full party mode which usually means all-out libations with beer, revelry and food (i.e., finger food); so the earlier the letter reaches EAMC before the critical date of December 31, 2010, the better so as to put a stay on Rudolph's possible "execution."
At any rate, please keep me posted about what transpires next. I would also like to take this opportunity to request if I can interview you in your office about PAWS current programs for 2011. Many of the Diliman Diary's readers are from the Diliman area and may be interested in the issues of animal welfare and the environment.
Thank you very much.
Mabuhay! Have a Great Day!
Chanda R. Shahani
The Diliman Diary
--- On Tue, 12/28/10, paws paws