Some facts about the illegal dog trade in the Philippines and its effects. Plus some great “dog quotes” as dessert.
Dogs are considered as man’s best friend. They are often regarded as a family member and a regular part of a household. In dog-loving countries, authorities passed laws that prohibit and penalize illegal dog trade and dog meat consumption.
In the Philippines, illegal dog trade is a thriving multi-million dollar business. Many laws were passed to crack it down but the laws against it are enforced weakly—if at all. Government authorities, animal rights activists and even media have joined forces to hunt down illegal dog traders. A recent investigation by Humane Society International (HSI) found the commercial trade in dog meat still flourishing, with approximately 500,000 dogs slaughtered for their meat every year.
Recently, a major crackdown was featured in one television station showing the horrors and ordeals man’s best friend had to suffer before it is served on a platter hot and steamy. As the commentator put it “Snouts muzzled with rusty tin cans, front legs tied behind their backs, piled up in an enclosed vehicle, with gall bladders bursting due to heat, and dying along the way to the illegal slaughter houses scattered in the northern region…The “lucky” ones who survive the ordeal are strangled or whacked on the heads like baseballs and cooked for dinner or as appetizer during drinking sessions.” Before their meat made it to the kitchen, these dogs have first suffered severe brutality and trauma in the hands of their heartless captors.
As a teen, I have seen this cruel and brutal practice done by my uncles and cousins, not once but several times. No family occasion is complete without a hot dish of “Asocena” (dog-meat dish) served at the table.
Cleaned dog meat is cooked in strong vinegar. Cubed potatoes, pepper, soy sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, garbanzos, green peas and bay laurel leaves are added to the mixture.
Just recently, we held our family reunion and guess what, even my young nephews and some nieces are enjoying eating a plate of ‘asocena”. As always, they invite and even teased me to try one out, but this time I’ve come prepared for an answer. Getting a chair and joining them, I begun enumerating some “Dogs Quotes” from famous writers and they were all fascinated to hear them. I just hope it will help change their view about dog meat. Below is the “dog quotes” I shared.
- “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
- “My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet.” – Edith Wharton
- “I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
- “Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift
- “Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.” – Gene Hill
- “The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” – Samuel Butler
- “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams
- “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the difference between dog and man.” – Mark Twain
- “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” – Louis Sabin
- “Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate in their object-relations.” – Sigmund Freud
- “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
- “If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” – Woodrow Wilson
- “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andrew A. Rooney