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Aquino urged to sign amended animal protection bill into law

This, as PAWS clarifies ‘crush video’ isn’t new



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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Friday urged President Benigno Aquino to sign into law the amended  Animal Welfare Act.

This as  May Felix Razon, head of PAWS Disaster-Relief and Emergency Response Team, said the “crush video” that has gone viral on social networking sites isn’t new and the girls seen stomping on a puppy are already in custody of authorities.

Razon said the video is part of the pieces of evidence in an ongoing case against Victor and Dorma “Chita” Ridon, a couple from Bacnotan town, in La Union arrested in August 2011 for producing “crush videos.”

The couple employed girls aged 12 to 18, who tortured and killed small animals in crush films sold for P100 to P1,000 per video, investigation showed.

Screengrab from the ‘crush’ video

On the video that went viral this week, the three girls were shown stomping on a wailing puppy until it died.

The barefoot women, whose faces were shown on the video, are all Filipinas, said Razon.

She said the underage among the girls turned state witness and are under government’s protective custody.

“Crush videos” are sexual fetish films in which small animals are maimed or killed through extreme animal brutality. Cruelty to animals is punishable under Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998.

Meanwhile, the amended Animal Welfare Act, which is awaiting the President’s signature, seeks steeper penalties on animal welfare offenses by penalizing violators of the law with maximum imprisonment of two years and fine not exceeding P100,000 if the maltreated or neglected animal dies.

If the animal survives but suffers from severe injuries, violators of the law will be imprisoned for a year and six months and may face a fine worth P50,000.

If cruelty towards an animal does not result in its death or injuring it to an extent that it cannot survive on its own, a fine of P30,000 and six months in jail awaits violators of the law.

The bill amends Republic Act No. 8485 otherwise known as “An Act To Promote Animal Welfare In The Philippines, Otherwise Known As “The Animal Welfare Act Of 1998.”

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Tags: animal cruelty , Animal Welfare Act , Animals , Crush video , dogs , PAWS , Philippine Animal Welfare Society

  • liessi

    Dear reader, please note — if you click on the video link, you are encouraging this activity. To clarify — if you watch this video, you ARE “one of those people who watch crush videos.” Give it some thought.

  • liessi

    I wonder if these girls were threatened into doing this, the same way people get to be in human snuff films. I can’t imagine they get their jollies from it. (Nevertheless, I’d like to personally cut the throat of whomever arranged this.)

  • lebabski

    they should also do a video of them trying to step on a full-grown adult male pitbull, instead of a helpless puppy. Even the stakes.

    • Guest

      Adult male pitbulls don’t always fight back. Don’t be a breedist.

      • lebabski

        you clearly didn’t get my point

  • PouponMarks

    These girls should be flogged for month, multiple times and the entire procedure filmed on television. Then they should be sterilized so they can never reproduce.

  • swassy33

    Well I have seen videos on you tube of people in china killing dogs and cats for food. It’s common there and they say in the video that they believe the more an animal suffers the better the meat! Not saying all Chinese r like this bc they r not. But this makes me sick. The video shows them slicing a cats head off while alive, burning a dogs rear while barb wire wrapped around its neck then hung. It’s heartbreaking and it infuriates me!! There needs to be a stop to this! I don’t care if its a cultural thing it’s bullshit and inhumane! As far as this puppy video n 3 girls as far as I have rapead the couple behind the videos have been in jail but these three girls have not been caught so I would like to know where the info came from that these girls r in custody! Is it a reliable source? And if it is true y in protective custody? Did they protect that puppy? No they killed it!

    • liessi

      Why did you watch? Every click encourages more of the same.

  • guestpetron

    Ang pinag-uusapan dito ay hindi sa kung anong hayop ang pinapatay o kinakain, kung hindi ang PARAAN ng pagpatay – yung pahirapan mo muna hanggang sa mamatay.

    Bakit kailangang pahirapan ang isang nilalang? Kaya pinapahirapan ng nilalang
    ang isang nilalang ay dahil sa kakulangan sa wastong kaalam o espiritual na
    edukasyon o bagong pang-unawa o bagong kaalaman.

    What is our purpose/motive of killing animals? – everything boils to this

    The law is not just a law to protect the animals, but to protect ourselves from
    being misguided, cruel, greedy …..

    Animals won’t benefit from that law; it’s us who would benefit to somehow
    realize what it is being human and somehow intellectually advance – sound
    knowledge, not ignorant/obsolete knowledge.

    Not to mention, animals are dependent on the mercy of humans.

    • liessi

      Being subject to the depravity of humans is very different from being dependent on the mercy of humans. We don’t own animals. We don’t own the planet.

      • guestpetron

        That is true we own nothing not even our own grave.

        Animals can’t reason out, they just accept what comes to them i.e. being deprived. They are subject to the mercy of humans because it is humans who can comprehend what i.e. depravity means. They are more of the victims of humans than humans as their victims.

  • Aisa Pangdan

    I just don’t get it.Why protect dogs and cats while cows, chicken and pigs are lusciously eaten…double standard indeed. Magpakatotoo kayo!!!

    • reddfrog

      And you won’t ever “get” it. Low IQ.

    • Billy Reyes

      you are f u c k i n sick psycho

    • nin

      OMG. Would it be right to think that you’re somewhere where cats and dogs are considered common part of the food chain as cows, chicken and pigs? Unbelievable.

    • Iggy Ramirez

      Cows, chickens, and pigs are killed instantly thereby foregoing the prolonged agony of the animals.

      Being consumable is a matter of culture. South Koreans slaughter more than 20 million dogs a year but it is a crime to eat dogs in the Philippines.

      Yes, you have a point in noticing the bias. But as Filipinos, we don’t consider cats and dogs to be a source of protein. We consider them as pets. And pets are a source of love, loyalty, and happiness. We consider them our extended families.

      So, no. They are not the same.

  • Nic Legaspi

    The couple was arrested in 2011 and still not charged as of today?! This is a testament to how slowly our justice system operates.

  • Pablo316

    “The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” (Proverbs 12:10)

    • marienkind

      Unless they’re cows, pigs, chickens. Or flies, mosquitoes, and ants. Because they’re not cute and they’re delicious.

      This is the double standard that we have to put up with everyday.

      • reddfrog

        Some pigs are cute.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Aquino urged to sign amended animal protection bill into law<<<

    PATI ba mga buaya, bwitre, pating, at linta masasama sa AMENDMENT na yan? Pag nagkataon, maraming sa kanila sa SINeyt at CONgrease ang magkakaroon ng PROTECTION!

    (paano na yan…..di lalong dadami ang mga kawatan at magnanakaw!) :)

    • superpilipinas

      Hahaha. At lalo na sa palace, maraming pork buwaya.

      • UrHONOR

        OO nga, sa COCONUT PALACE!



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