Target: United States Ambassador of the Philippines
Goal: Encourage the enforcement of laws banning the slaughter of dogs for meat.
Nearly 500,000 dogs are killed for meat in the Philippines every year. Interestingly enough, the Animal Welfare Act was put into place in the Philippines in 1998, banning the slaughter of dogs for consumption purposes. However, it is clear that these laws are not being enforced.
Though the eating of dog-meat in the Philippines began as a religious, not a regular, practice, it was a rare occurrence and the dogs killed were treated humanely. Many who are a part of the dog-meat trade claim that they are partaking in a religious tradition if caught slaughtering dogs or selling dog-meat. This is nearly always a lie. It cannot be ignored that the way in which dogs are treated and killed today is much different from the way they were treated and killed for sacrificial purposes in the past. In this old tradition, dogs themselves were understood to be invaluable. Today, dogs are rounded up (often found on the streets), caged, and sent to slaughter houses. It is estimated that half of the dogs sent to be slaughtered die before even reaching their destination: “many of these dead dogs are passed off as being alive and are slaughtered nonetheless.”
In the Philippines today, the maltreatment of dogs used for meat is disturbing as well is the abundance of dog meat in restaurant and markets. Sold for as little as $1.30/kg, the trading and selling of dog-meat brings in nearly 3.8 million U.S. dollars per year. Thus it is clear that greed plays a part in the Philippine Government’s negligence of the matter. However, the treatment of these dogs, not to mention the slaughtering of them must be stopped.
Urge the ambassador of the Philippines to encourage the Philippine government to take stronger actions in prohibiting the practice of slaughtering dogs and selling their meat.
Dear United States Ambassador Albert F. Del Rosario,
The dog-meat trade in the Philippines has reached an astounding high. With 500,000 dogs per year being slaughtered for the meat trade, it is time that more stringent action is taken.
Though the Animal Welfare Act banning the slaughter and maltreatment of dogs in the Philippines was put into place in 1998, it seems to go unnoticed and unheeded. The religious and sacrificial element of killing dogs in the Philippines has seen its near end, and the majority of those who kill dogs and sell their meat do so for monetary purposes, not with religious sentiment. We cannot continue to allow dogs to be treated so cruelly that nearly half of them die in transit on their way to slaughter houses, nor can it be tolerated for people to get away with doing so by claiming adherence to religion when their actions are so clearly of a different nature.
The dogs of the Philippines must be protected: please urge the Philippine government to implement stricter rules regarding the dog-meat trade.
[Your Name Here]