Approximately an hour or so North of Manila is the city of Tarlac. That's home base for the Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), a non-government organization dedicated to combating the dog meat trade among other animal welfare issues. They work with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in intercepting dog transporters by spot checking vans along the highways, usually operating off tips from concerned animal lovers. The AKF/PNP teams also conduct raids on eateries that serve dogmeat. It's pretty nasty work, but the AKF is up to the job. The natural byproduct, of course, are the rescued dogs. They are taken to a large shelter in Tarlac where they are treated and brought up to snuff for adoption. Here are several survivors from the dogmeat trade, all set to bring love and joy into the homes of those willing to give them a chance at a decent life. When you look at these dogs, you wonder about those who didn't make it out safely. The dogmeat trade has given the Philippines a very bad reputation, but I ask those who are inclined to quickly condemn to also consider that there are ten-fold more citizens who disapprove of the trade.
Because I belong to an group of animal welfare advocates in the Philippines, I can read the numerous discussions between group members and people who, seems to me, just signed up to make an urgent plea for help. There were two this week who begged for assistance concerning two dogs who were tied up under rain and sun with no food nor water. One was described to be on the verge of a heat stroke. The images that filled my mind disturbed me immensely, but I am also encouraged at the same time. There is a growing number of animal welfare advocates in the Philippines and ordinary citizens are beginning to reject animal cruelty, willing to take personal action against it. Just from this website, I can see from the visitor data that many are seeking information on how to report animal cruelty in the Philippines. You can find my previous post on the subject HERE . Keep in mind that your complaint has legal standing via the Philippine Animal Welfare Act which is also known as the RA 8485 .