Disturbing Videos of Animals Being Crushed Prompt New Animal Welfare Protections
Note: While the actions described in this post are horrific, they are committed by individuals and are not representative of the state of animal welfare in The Philippines as a whole.
When it comes to pornography, there’s something for every fetish. Sadly, the list of fetishes includes killing innocent animals.
Crush videos are a type of pornography where a small animal is crushed to death. Often, the creature is stomped on by women in stiletto heels. Other times, the poor puppy or kitten is crushed with bare feet. For the majority of people, it’s difficult to understand this fetish, but a small segment of the population is actually sexually aroused by watching these films.
Where a market niche is seen, there are some people who have no qualms providing it. Such is the case for Victor and Dorma “Chita” Ridon. The couple from the Philippines were arrested in August 2011 for producing crush videos.
While their arrest happened some time ago, a crush video from the Ridons’ 2011 production recently surfaced on social media. It began making the internet rounds just in time to bring attention to the revised Animal Welfare Act that was ready for Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s signature.
The crush video garnering so much recent attention depicts three teenage girls stomping a small black and white puppy to death with their bare feet over the course of close to twenty minutes. All the while, the pitiful pup is wailing with each new attack.
The video is so graphic and disturbing it will not be displayed on Care2. If you have the ability and desire to watch this heinous torture, you can find it online. I regret I forced myself to watch it. I felt so helpless, all I could do was cry throughout the film and I almost vomited.
May Felix Razon, head of PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) Disaster-Relief and Emergency Response Team said the girls shown in this video are already in custody. They were between the ages of 12 and 18 when the video was made. The underage girls have testified against the Ridons, who paid them in 2011 to perform in the video.
It is not known who released this video on social media sites, including Facebook. The assumptive purpose has been achieved, as President Aquino signed the revised law on Sunday, August 6.
The amended Animal Welfare Act provides more severe penalties for animal welfare offenses including:
- Maximum imprisonment of two years and a fine up to 100,000 pesos ($2,317) if the abused or neglected animal dies;
- Imprisonment for a year and six months and a potential fine up to 50,000 pesos ($1,159) if the animal survives with severe injuries;
- Six months in jail and up to 30,000 pesos ($695) for all other convicted cruelty.
Production and selling of crush videos is by no means limited to the Philippines. StopCrush.org addresses crush video issues in 25 countries, among them the United States, United Kingdom, China, Indonesia and Russia.
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