Over 1,000 Pounds of Dog Meat Seized by Police in Philippines Bust

Over 1,000 Pounds of Dog Meat Seized by Police in Philippines Bust

Officials in the Philippines busted two men trading in illegal dog meat on Thursday, confiscating over 600 kilos (over 1000 pounds) of meat. Although slaughtering domestic animals like cats and dogs for meat is illegal, eating dog is still common in the Philippines and many other countries in Southeast Asia like China and South Korea. Government estimates put the figure at nearly 300,000 dogs each year in the Philippines alone.

The demand for dog meat fuels a black market, especially in the city where the arrest took place, Baguio, just north of Manila. According to reporting by a Philippines news site, Rappler, the dogs only cost $1.39 each, but their meat was going to be sold for about $2.38 to $2.90 per kilo – just over $1 per pound of meat.

Map of the Philippines.

Map by Cacahuate, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

 

The two men responsible for transporting the meat, Emerson Balingawan and Glen Batacang, are also from Baguio. They were stopped after Animal Kingdom Foundation Incorporated tipped off the police. Unfortunately, the men who were caught are just a small part of a large operation. They move the meat but don’t obtain or trade in dogs, which means the man who procured the meat is still free.

Dog meat bust in the Philippines

Picture by uploaded by Qwyrxian at English Wikipedia CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

In the Philippines, the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 (Republic Act No. 8485) penalizes the killing of dogs for meat with a minimum of six months in prison and a small fine. The Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 (RA 9482) also requires at least one year of jail time for trading in dogs for meat. Since the men were only transporting the meat, these laws probably don’t apply to them. However, they did violate a meat inspection code, which caries criminal charges.

The dog meat trade is cruel. Dogs are often transported long distances in small cages, and tortured before they are slaughtered. According to the Animal Welfare Institute, in the Philippines, traders capture people’s pets as well as dogs on the streets. Baguio is often where they end up. Although many dogs die during the trip without food or water, the traders can still use them for meat. All of these conditions make dog meat not only cruel but also dangerous for human consumption. Dog meat can carry salmonella, E. Coli, and other illnesses.

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The Philippines have been somewhat lax when it comes to enforcing the laws that protect dogs from being sold and killed for meat, but this recent bust is a step in the right direction and will hopefully discourage others from trading in dog meat.



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  2. Susan

    We just canceled our trip to the Philippines after reading this luckily we had insurance on our on our trip and I hope nobody goes there those are some sick individuals. You don’t know what you might need if you go there and the cruelty to the animals.

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  3. annonymous

    To all the compassionate souls who feel this is a disgrace to mankind, I would just like to mention how wonderfully helpful it would be to help animals by making a donation, no matter how small to these organizations who work tirelessly to save the animals in dire need. There are so many! Mercy for animals, Network for Animals, and PETA (I know they have a dark history but they do good work) are just a couple that come to mind. It doesn’t have to be a lot – even $3 to $5 per month would help them. So please remember those people working on the front lines to prevent this kind of abuse.

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  4. Irene Leggett

    Tourists, BOYCOTT this god-forsaken, cruel and brutal country, Let the equally cruel and brutal masses KNOW why you are boycotting this hell-hole for dogs. Hit the masses in their pockets, until they work with those in charge to stop the heinous atrocity of murdering and cooking dogs for their meat. Shame on this country and shame on its masses that allow this to happen day after day.

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  5. Barb G.

    All I can say is the tourists that visit these countries had better pack their own food because they will not really know just they are being fed.

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    • hopingsoul

      No kidding! I never thought of it like that. If they are squirrelly enough to kill dogs, they are subject to do anything.

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  6. Michelle Davidson

    The international community must continue to put pressure on those countries that perpetuate the dog meat trade to stop. This is an awful practice that we will not tolerate.

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  7. C Bollinger

    What’s with these scum oriental trash and their tastebuds for gross dog/cat meat?! Please oriental trash, swallow a cyanide tab instead. I’m sick of you evil sociopaths. Try eating a salad you sub-human slobs!

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  8. joe

    Phillipinos are are much gross trash as those chinks.

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  9. Mary

    THIS SADISTIC CRUELTY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN THE 21ST. CENTURY IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY!!! WE NEED TO KEEP ON FIGHTING FOR WHAT IS RIGHT AND COMPASSIONATE FOR THESE INNOCENT ANIMALS!!!

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  10. April M

    This is one step in the right direction although the animals had already perished and suffered terribly before they did. Do unto them until they are happy to cough up who the destroyer is!! Hey…..it’s like this……they know/knew what they were doing is illegal but do it anyway. SOOOOOOO even it isn’t quite right to beat them, burn them, scald them, etc., does it really matter?!? I mean it didn’t matter to them the pain caused these poor animals or that they were brazenly breaking the law! This crap HAS GOT to STOP! Oh, and if y’all just can’t bring yourselves to do this, then just let a bunch of us on here know and we’ll come take care of it for you!

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  11. Theresa Weinberger

    hope you find and ccatch the persons who destroy these dogs lives. they need to be taken off the streets and never return to society

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    • annonymous

      I lived in Hawaii for 10 years. I had a large dog. I was constantly hearing people say to me I had better keep an eye on my dog or someone would take her and eat her. I rented a room from a Filipino family. They would have a dog tied up in the front yard, on a very short chain. Then all of a sudden, the dog would disappear and then another dog would take its place and it too would disappear. This is their culture. Just like it is our culture to slaughter 10 billion land animals a year in this country. we don’t like hearing these stories because our paradigm is to love dogs and slaughter pigs and cows. Ghandi said the change must be based on MORALITY, not a dietary choice. He became a vegetarian and was able to stick to it because of moral convictions, otherwise, he said he would not have been able to stay a vegetarian. Some famous person recently said that animal farming is “the greatest karmic disaster” of the world. I became vegan some time ago and it heightened my spiritual awareness. i see everything differently now, my eyes are opened and I wish I could turn back time. Please go vegan. Try it for a month basing your eating choices on a moral decision instead of it being for a health decision and see what happens. That is my personal challenge to everyone reading. There are many good vegan documentaries, some so graphic that the images haunt me, but the videos are based on TRUTH. This is what happens in a slaughterhouse on a daily basis. It is cruel and I KNOW that you are a compassionate being and YOU would never treat an innocent animal like that. Watch James Aspey – he is so articulate and inspiring. I think everyone that eats meat as a “choice” should be required to visit a slaughterhouse. Everyone reading this, please take on my challenge. I was a gallon a day milk drinker, thinking dairy wasn’t cruel. I was just blinded by the slogans from the dairy industry. They want your money. The animals need your compassionate choices. Thank you.

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      • Deborah

        Pillopino pat paces…haye most of em…stupid selfish people

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  12. Harry Mozen

    Stupid atavistic barbarians, low on the evolutionary ladder. Should be genetically censored from reproduction, yes, genocide on these imbecilic creatures. But who is going to do that to them? They are a bane on the human race! Their leader should be sterilized also. Dogs have served mankind selflessly for millennia, yet suffer from these monsters. Totally unconscionable.

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  13. andywhiteman

    Killing dogs for food is sick! I am glad this activity is being brought to an wend!!!!

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  14. Anonymous

    This I just can’t understand. Heartless cruelty!

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  15. D.Lorena Hodges

    I will not travel to these countries until these barbaric practices stop. I will spend my money elsewhere.

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  16. Gyselinck

    Il serais tenp con arrete la nourriture des chiens y en a marre de marre

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  17. Amanda Maupin jr.

    This is really sick. Please stop the dog meat and cat meat trade

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  18. Heidi Winter

    This is sick. I hope the sickos responsible die a slow and painful death!

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  19. Anisa Buls

    ‘The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated’ – Mahatma Gandhi

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    • hopingsoul

      Thank you! Gandhi was a vegetarian, apparently only drinking goat’s milk after a major illness.

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  20. cindi scholefield

    In Jamaica we say “every mickle mek a muckle” (every tiny step we take gets us closer to our goal). I hope the confiscation was publicized widely, because public participation is also very important.

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  21. Patricia Ann Poole

    I am 80 yrs old but when I was 3 yrs old I acccidetally watched the neighbors murder pigs, strung them up and gutted them on a swing set. As small as I was I knew this was not right. No animal should be butchered. I became vegan many years ago. Killing dogs and cats are the most horrible cruel circumstances. I just can’t imagine a human can do this in good conscience. Were they born with no feelings??

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  22. The Rev. Douglas Bilyeu, M Div.

    five years in prison and then 5 years to work in an animal rescue to learn love that is unconditional. This is beyond horrible. I personally have had enough!

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  23. michelle taylor

    I am ready,willing and able to help enact the required extermination of these dog and cat murdering bastards.I will ensure that a slow and painful death by means of decapitation is enacted on these bastard dog and cat murderers.

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  24. Wanda Knouff

    While I hate to see any animal suffer or be slaughtered, it is especially unconscionable to think these dogs are being slaughtered let alone tortured before slaughter for their insane belief it tastes better. You compare a dog to the other farm animals…I do not see pigs, cows, lambs, chickens saving human lives in the military, police force or sniffing drugs and bombs at airports; they ARE loyal beyond we deserve and this barbaric hideous practice MUST END!

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    • hopingsoul

      They don’t have to be useful to deserve our compassion and respect. Horses helped us build this country, yet we have the same situation – thousands of worn out, unwanted horses get sent to slaughterhouses in Mexico and abroad as horses are a delicacy, especially in Japan. I am sure if I looked into it, cows served their “purpose” for us as well and in the back of my mind, I seem to recall pigs being used in WWI or WWII to sniff landmines. I know a lot of useless humans as well, which is the case for these bastards that eat dogs. All creatures deserve respect.

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    • hopingsoul

      Yes, this barbaric practice must end. But if you ask anyone who has had a pig, horse, cow or other farm animal as a pet, they will say, 100% of the time, that the animal was as “smart as a dog”. We just don’t give them a chance because we are too busy and blindly eating them AND paying someone else to slaughter them and do the dirty work for us.
      AND did you ever wonder how they can sell a hamburger for a $1? It is because of the POWERFUL lobbyists that garner BILLIONS of our tax dollars to subsidize the dairy and factory farm industry? They are only selling it for $1 because you and I are giving them our tax dollars. It is not a choice, it is a life that was bred into existence to make money for the animal industry. It is a life that deserves to be lived, with just as much ability to feel and express pain, sorrow and joy as we do. They just speak in a different language. If we had a translator, that would help people understand. Your dog speaks to you and the cows speak to us as well. To allow this to continue happening, without putting up any objections, is a “karmic disaster”.

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  25. Roby25

    Confido in qualche Tsunami decente!

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  26. Dayle Peters

    Hello all. Well you know I agree with every single one of you. It is wrong, wrong, wrong on so many levels, especially the karma level. However, those eating dog will take the stance that if we can kill 10 billion chickens, cows and other CARING, FEELING, SENTIENT beings here in America, then they should be able to kill a microscopically small number of dogs. TEN BILLION PER YEAR! Ask anyone who has had a chicken, turkey, lamb, goat, rabbit, cow or pig as a pet and they will, 100% of the time, tell you that “(fill in the blank)……it’s as smart as a dog”…… If you want to see an end to the slaughter of the animals you hold dear, that you were taught to love, then you really have to end the slaughter of other species. It starts with ME. It can start with YOU.
    Please, for the Love of God, please think of what you are putting into your mouth or what you order at the drive through for $1. The cost to this planet is astronomical. It is cruel. Watch James Aspey on YouTube, an articulate, caring vegan man. Please, please go vegan.

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    • lisa

      going vegan can be a choice, but i see nothing wrong w being vegetarian if one does not want to eat meat. many animals wd never be born or cared for if we cd not make use of their eggs or wool or milk. even human women donate milk for babies who need it and whose moms cannot provide it. women who use birthcontrol pills or morning after stop or kill their own eggs…if a cow or other animal dies after a long life shd we throw its fur or hide into a dump or let it rot, or can a cold person make use of the hide for shoes? is this not better than landfill or rotting on the ground? is there anything really wrong in eating cheese or butter or milk or eggs from animals who probably would never have lived or been cared for? all i am saying is that we all must make our own decisions, hopefully based on kindness for all that lives, even vegetables. the jains of india sweep the ground as they walk so they don’t step on insects; it is all a question of degree. it is hard to kill NOTHING, EVER. and many people who are vegan would kill spiders (hello, charlotte’s web) or mosquitos, which kill more people than any other single way by transmitting disease. so where do we draw the line? i am a californian; sadly, as many of you may know, during the horrendous donner (lake) party of early pioneers were forced to resort to cannibalism of their already dead brethren in order to survive. maybe you and i think we cd or wd never do this, but if you were on the verge of dying and were mad and hallucinating with starvation who can say what we would do? and obviously this is far from an isolated case. i know one thing, if i were in that situation and i were one of the dead, i would rather that the others eat my own flesh rather than die. i wd forgive them.

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      • Lisa Scharin

        ALL the animals on factory “farms” are bred and raised to grow unnaturally fast with hormones and large amounts of antibiotics. Chickens-51.4 billion worldwide are slaughtered at 6 months of age-if they were humans they would weight almost 300 pounds by the age of 5 years old. Pigs are also given drugs to grow faster and are killed at 6 months of age-1.2 billion worldwide. The runts are cruelly killed by what is called “thumping”-slamming the poor babies into the floor or wall until they die! Cows are artificially inseminated by gross, repugnant man that jam their arm up the cow’s vagina-keeping dairy cows pregnant so they produce milk for humans-the babies taken away-if they are males-they are chained and made anemic and killed at 20 weeks for “veal”. Once the female cows stop producing milk-they are sent to a horrific slaughter for “hamburger” They are also given drugs to increase milk production and they suffer for it with infections, etc. Animal agriculture-raising and eating animals IS INHUMANE, ABUSE, CRUEL and EVIL! Do some research!!! NO one needs to eat animals to be healthy and we don’t eat coyotes, swans, chipmunks, etc! GO VEGAN we could END world hunger-since ALL the grains given to animals would be given to humans instead. It is also a major source of water, land and ir pollution, climate change, deforestation and the killing of wildlife-GO VEGAN!!!!!!

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  27. Tisa

    How sad this world is, such cruelty. How can people do such things?

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  28. Jay

    6 mos.-1 year of imprisonment is not enough for those responsible culprits! Dogs and cats are special domestic animals. They should never be treated that way!

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    • Dayle Peters

      They are no more special than the 10 BILLION cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, lambs, goats and pretty much anything with fur or feathers or scales that we kill each year. Please go vegan.

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  29. Ann David

    Glad the Philippines police are active in this.
    BTW, China and Sourh Korea are not in Sourh-east Asia. Malaysia is in South East Asia and dog and cat meat is unacceptable and abhorrent to most.

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  30. Nina Council

    All those involved in the dog meat businesses are mentally ill humans, shame on them, what the hell are they teaching their children? Its all criminal, its all disgusting and must be made illegal in all those countries, North and South Korea, Bali, China, Philappines and others. How could countries allow the Olympics to take place while the dog businesses continue, shame on everyone, its all sick

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