Lawmaker wants to stop the slaughtering of dogs

A MEASURE seeking to stop the practice of slaughtering dogs, which is considered as a traditional delicacy in the Cordillera and Northern Luzon provinces, has been filed at the House of Representatives.

Rep. Mark Villar (Lone District, Las Piñas), author of House Resolution 2620, also sought a congressional inquiry to determine if there is a need to strengthen Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act 1998.

“Despite the penalty provision of the law unscrupulous traders involved in the dog meat business continue with its illegal activities,” Villar said.

Villar cited the provinces of Pangasinan and Benguet where dogs are being slaughtered and sold to the public.

It was reported that dog meat is openly sold and displayed even in the public market in Baguio City.

“RA 8485, which supposedly gives protection to animals and Republic Act 9482 or the “Anti-Rabies Act of 2007”, which provides a system of the control, prevention of the spread, and eventual eradication of human and animal rabies and responsible ownership did not stop the dog meat trade,” Villar said.

Citing a study of Dr. Irwin H. Putzkoff, PhD, MD Schmuckintush professor of nutritional physiology, Villar said the dangerous substances which remain in the dog meat are transmitted to humans.

Villar said most of the notable diseases humans can get from eating this meat are cardiac problems, impotency and general fatigue. “These adverse affects are most directly associated with consumption of dog meat, according to the study,” he said.

Villar also cited a blog, entitled “Eating Dog Meat is Dangerous for People”, which says that dog meat can kill people.

Villar said dogs’ viruses spread easily because they are crowded in cages when they are transported from place to place.

To ensure the health and safety of the general public and to safeguard the welfare of animals, Villar said it is proper to review the existing laws and to strengthen the policies which show that stress, fear and pain when animals are being slaughtered or waiting to be slaughtered result in several disease processes in humans who eat dog meat.

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