After being trussed, muzzled with rusty cans and slaughtered, they end up in restaurants which flout the law to satisfy the growing taste for dog meat.
Customers dine on dog’s head, considered a delicacy, for the equivalent of £2.50.
A dish of dog liver costs about £1.80 while a particular favorite, deep fried paws, are just 85p.
Bars serve meat snacks known as “pulutan” with drinks just as British pub-goers might enjoy a bag of crisps. The grisly trade flourishes in the north where there is a long tradition of eating dog meat despite warnings from the authorities about the dangers to health and the introduction of jail terms for dog meat traders.
Simon Powell, of British-based non-profit organization Network For Animals, which is leading the campaign against the practice, took these photographs in a restaurant in Baguio City.
He said: “These restaurants sell dog meat only and generally by lunchtime they are packed.
Serves as a “pulutan”.
“Particularly popular is pulutan, a dog meat bar snack. Another very popular dish is deep fried dog paws, known as ‘spare parts’.
“I went into the kitchen and there on a stainless steel platter was a pile of meat and on top of it the boiled head.
“It was bizarre and surreal to see what we regard as man’s best friend and a pet regarded as legitimate food.”
Network For Animals is lobbying the Philippines government to enforce its anti-dog meat legislation. It is also intercepting dog snatchers, who transport the animals to slaughterhouses in appalling conditions, and is campaigning to change public opinion about the practice.
After we highlighted the plight of the animals last week, the Kennel Club announced it was joining the campaign against “the horrific dog meat trade”.The club’s communications director Caroline Kisko said: “While the Kennel Club recognizes that in certain cultures the consumption of dog meat may be deemed to be traditional or associated with particular health benefits, we do not believe that these arguments can justify animal cruelty.”
A Network for Animals spokesman said: “Together we are calling for Jeremy Browne, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to take urgent action. The dogs are subjected to immense cruelty in the time leading up to their death. Dehydration and asphyxiation are common deaths on the way to the slaughterhouse.”
In last week’s Sunday Express phone poll more than 3,000 people demanded an end to the cruel practice.
Network For Animals’ online petition can be signed at networkforanimals.org
It is also asking people to contact the Philippines Embassy. You can write to the embassy at 6-8 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG; call: 020 7451 1800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org