The holidays are not quite over yet but the cruelty reports keep coming. Sorry to upset everyone but this has to be brought out. If you are in a hurry, please just scroll down to the end of this message for the ACTION PLAN and write to the city veterinarian and the governor as a concerned citizen. Thank you.
Two weeks ago, PAWS volunteer and actress Sharmaine Arnaiz was distressed when she once again saw "adobong aso" as part of the menu in a Baguio City restaurant called "KUBO". See attached MMS photo.
This prompted PAWS President Nita Lichauco to have the following conversation with Baguio City Veterinarian, Bridget Piok:
From: Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2022 7:41 PM
To: PAWS egroup
Cc: oscar lei- canada; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: BAGUIO CITY VET
DEARS, try to make out what I'm saying, here is my report:
NHL on phone with BRIDGET PIOK, BAGUIO CITY VET:
NL: I'm calling because there are many complaints about dog meat being sold openly in markets and served at restaurants in Baguio.
PIOK: The Baguio City authorities say there's no specific law/ordinance against serving dog meat, so we can't go after these people;
NL: RA 8485 applies to the whole country. Section 6 outlines what
animals may be killed for food, and dogs/cats are not in the list.
PIOK:RA 8485 is considered by them as unfair because it does not respect the tradition of eating dog.
NL: All during the technical and public hearings, NO ONE OBJECTED TO THE WORDING OF SECTION 6. In fact, we gave leeway to INDIGINOUS TRIBES to continue their tradition, on condition that their chiefs report to CAW about the number/reason for the dog killing. RA8485
has been in force since 1998, but to this day NOT ONE CHIEF HAS EVER SENT US ANY REPORT ON THE DOG KILLINGS IN THEIR TRIBES.
PIOK: They still complain about unfairness.
NL: It is THEY who are unfair.
PIOK: La Trinidad, Benguet has a Resolution to LEGALIZE the dog meat trade,so that the dog meat will be SAFE for the public to eat.
NL: In other words, they will legally operate FARMS to raise dogs to
PIOK: Yes. They have already forwarded their Resolution I think to the Bureau of Animal Industry, to the National Meat Inspection Service.
NL: What action can your office take against this, since it is clearly against the national law, RA8485?
PIOK: Ma'm, you better write to the Sanggunian Bayan of Benguet, which is pushing for this Resolution.
NL: What on earth has happened, Bridget? Even former Mayor Domogan has changed- all during the 10 years that I came to Baguio to present the Brian Davies Scholarship Awards to some 500 schoolchildren, the Mayor would tell them during the ceremonies,"You don't need to kill your dog to honour your guests. My sister and I have 8 dogs, who are our companions, we don't eat dog." But now, I am told Rep. Domogon openly eats dog.
PIOK: ( changing the subject): Ma'm, i am helpless to act on this issue of restaurants. Also, Benguet resents Animal Kingdom for taking the dogs away from them, AK even got the help of the police.
NL: Bridget, AK was in a legal position to impound the dogs. The president is Louie Buenaflor, a Filipino, and therefore could act in the interest of RA8485.I will be contacting you in the next few days, to see what can be done to remedy this situation. Can you just imagine what the International community will have to say about this legalizing of serving dog meat?
PIOK: I know , Ma'm. Please get in touch with me soon.
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BRIDGET PIOK, City Veterinarian, Baguio City,
(Address) CITY VETERINARY OFFICE, SLAUGHTERHOUSE COMPOUND, 2600 BAGUIO CITY.
Landline (074) 443-5332
BENGUET: Governor MELCHOR BORROMEO Tel.(074) 422-3223
Board Member of the Provincial Council JUAN NAZARRO, JR.
Provincial Council Operator: (074) 422-2301 loc. 37
Address: PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF BENGUET, CAPITOL, LA TRINIDAD,
(They claim they don't have a fax.) TATA
Action: Write individual letters to City Veterinarian, Bridget Piok and the Governor, Melchor Borromeo. Politely tell them that if dog meat trade is legalized in Baguio, you will not go to Baguio anymore and will tell all your friends (including your friends and relatives abroad) not to go to Baguio as well. Tell them that you trust that they will do something about enforcing
the Animal Welfare Act and stop the cruel practice of killing Man's Best Friend for food. This is the practice that has tarnished the Filipino image abroad - labelling us a " Nation of Dog-Eaters".
Please forward this email widely.
Philippine Animal Welfare Society