A LOCAL animal welfare group expressed their alarm with the unabated dog meat trade among foreign-owned restaurants in Baguio City and in La Trinidad town.
Norman Marquez of the Baguio Animal Welfare said a high demand of dog meat is seen due to alleged underground operations of Korean restaurants reported to serve unlimited dog meat as a special in buffets.
Marquez said such illegal activity was reported to them by concerned citizens.
On Friday, June 16, 49 slaughtered dogs were intercepted in a police checkpoint along Puguis, La Trinidad.
La Trinidad police chief Benson Macli-ing said coordination with the police was vital in the apprehension of the latest shipment of dog meat believed to be up for deliveries in restaurants.
Marquez said the carcasses were disposed in a pit inside the National Meat Inspection Service compound and soaked in gasoline and bleach to ensure they are no longer fit for human consumption.
The two suspected dog meat traders were arrested for violation of the Animal Welfare Act, the Anti-Rabies Act and the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines, however the suspects were able to post bail on the same day.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on June 19, 2017.
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