Korean restos suspected of serving “hot meat”

Maria Elena Catajan

A LOCAL animal welfare group expressed their alarm with the unabated dog meat trade among foreign owned restaurants in Baguio City and nearby La Trinidad.

Norman Marquez of the Baguio Animal Welfare said a high demand of dog meat is seen due to underground operations of Korean restaurants reported to serve unlimited dog meat as a special in buffets.

Marquez said reports have been received in the Baguio and La Trinidad areas by concerned citizens and advocates of the illegal activities.

Marquez added the Koreans have been known to serve dog meat as specialty dish and as aphrodisiac.

This developed following the interception of 49 slaughtered dogs along Longlong, in Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet as reported by La Trinidad where Police Chief Inspector Benson Macli-ing.

A senior animal welfare advocate, Marquez said a coordination with the police was vital in the apprehension of the latest shipment of dog meat believed to be up for deliveries in restaurants.

The 49 dogs were packed in a pick-up when they were apprehended by police on June 16.

Marquez said the carcasses were disposed in a pit inside the National Meat Inspection Service compound, documented with pictures, and soaked in gasoline and bleach, to ensure they are no longer fit for human consumption.

The two suspected dog meat traders were arrested for violation of the Animal Welfare Act, the Anti-Rabies Act and the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines, however the suspects were able to post bail on the same day.

Marquez said the dogs are believed to be gathered from different barangays in the valley and the city using cheap poison as a lure before the animal is butchered quickly to avoid the spread of the poison, making the meat ready for consumption.

Marquez underscored the hazards of eating dog meat, citing sanitation and the danger of ingesting the poison the dogs consume before slaughtering which may affect the health of consumers.