By Jeannette Smith
While attending the 2013 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok, Animal Welfare Institute Legislative Assistant, Rosalyn Morrison, an expert in the South Korean dog and cat meat trade, expanded her mission to end the dog meat trade to Southeast Asia.
“Unlike South Korea, the dog meat trade in the Philippines is illegal, so there is more of a chance to shut operations down,” Rosalyn says comparing the countries.
Whereas medicinal superstition is the primary reason for consuming dog and cat meat in South Korea, these false health benefits are not the cultural basis for the consumption of dog meat in the Philippines.
Rosalyn believes the dog meat trade in the Philippines could be eradicated, however, “There is lack of oversight from the police,” Rosalyn explains. “They are in dire need of law enforcement.”
“We went to conduct a raid and document it, but could not locate a dog-smuggling transport,” Rosalyn says. Although the dog meat trade is a much smaller industry in the Philippines than it is in South Korea and China, dogs are collected from all over and transported throughout the country.
“Some dogs die of exhaustion during transport,” Rosalyn says, describing transports as multiple dogs cramped in cages, then stacked on top of each other.
In entirety, the dog meat trade is exacerbated by a larger regional problem in the countries of China, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. More....