Screenshots of Facebook posts by a certain Zander Khan Lozano Vilaga, found to have uploaded photos of a dog he and (presumably) his family and friends slaughtered and prepared for food, recently surfaced online, immediately going viral on several Facebook group pages of animal rights organizations in the Philippines.
The rage against Vilaga’s actions is understandable. Besides being man’s best friend, dogs are protected by the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, which specifically prohibits the maltreatment and killing of dogs, except for research (e.g. rabies investigation) and population control.
Despite the law however, hundreds of dogs are still butchered every day in many parts of the Philippines to meet the substantial and unregulated demand for dog meat. According to the Animal Welfare Institute:
“Half a million dogs are slaughtered annually in the Philippines. The Philippine dog meat trade is primarily centered in the city of Baguio, in the northern Luzon Island province of Benguet. Historically, it was associated with celebratory events and rituals of mourning and only affected a small number of dogs. However, over the past 25 years, the dog meat trade has rapidly increased for commercial rather than cultural reasons.”
Zander Vilaga has since deactivated in Facebook, likely due to the backlash he has received from the butchering of the dog in his photos.
Source: John Sy