DOG MEAT LOVERS BEWARE: BAGUIO CITY LGU STRICTLY PROHIBITS SLAUGHTERING OF DOGS

DOG MEAT LOVERS BEWARE: BAGUIO CITY LGU STRICTLY PROHIBITS SLAUGHTERING OF DOGS

By Glen S. Ramos

BAGUIO City — Beware dog meat lovers beware. Be very, very aware.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong this city has ordered the strict implementation of Republic Act 8485, also known as the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, after reports that several local eateries in the city are allegedly serving dog meat dishes to their customers.
Magalong directed City Veterinary and Agriculture Officer Dr. Silardo Bested to investigate the case and apprehend individuals who are into the business of dog meat trading.

The Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), a non-profit animal welfare non-government organization, is also appealing to the city government to help stop the illegal trade.

According to Bested, he already informed Mayor Magalong that the source of dog meat is from the lowlands and there is “definitely no slaughtering of dogs occurring in the city”.

He also stressed that there is no open selling of dog meat in the public market or even in restaurants.

“However, there are a few restaurants that secretly offer dog meat to selected customers who like eating dog meat. We are constantly monitoring this,” Bested said.

He further disclosed that a restaurant along Marcos Highway was recently caught by personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and AKF for allegedly selling dog meat dishes to its customers.

“We will strengthen our monitoring and if proven that RA 8485 has been violated, we will file the appropriate cases and recommend closure of the erring establishments,” Bested stated.

RA 8485, as amended by RA 10631, promotes and safeguards the welfare and wellbeing of animals and provides penalties for the violation of its provisions. (ai/mtvn)

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