Joseph Carlo Candare (Cat Killer) pleads guilty, punished

Joseph Carlo Candare, the BS Applied Physics student from the University of Philippines (UP) Diliman who in 2009 blogged about how he killed a cat has pleaded ‘guilty’ last week. His punishment: “take care of maltreated or abandoned pets.”

Cat Killer
It was in 2009 when Candare posted his experience at his Multiply page, “My Perfect Symmetry,” as follows:
4th Epic Fail: An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for it's life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: "Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!". It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa". Hours later, habang abala sa XRD, a guy came in. Tanong niya: "Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn't the first time I've killed a cat but this time it's different. It didn't occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life.

So there you go I'm sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That's how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer?”
His account has been cancelled.

His blog caught the attention of fellow bloggers and the issue has become widespread. Candare's act was reportedly condemned by animal lovers.

Then came the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, an organization that rescues and prevents cruelty to wild animals, companion animals, and captive animals. The group captured a screenshot of Candare's Multiply page and filed appropriate charges.

He formally admitted his fault last May 12. The name of the kitten whom he killed was “Tengteng.”

Blogging is a free and effective way to express ones self, but when a blog post states animal or human cruelty, or will put anyone in harms way or a nation in chaos or war, it will speak trouble.

It is very important to self-impose censorship and regulation all the time.