Gov’t seizes 700kg of dog meat in joint operation with an NGO
The National Meat Inspection Service and the Non-government Organization Animal Kingdom Foundation seized more than 700-kilogram of dog meat during an enforcement operation in Padre Garcia, Batangas.
In a report submitted to NMIS Executive Director Ernesto S. Gonzales by NMIS Regional Technical Operation Center (RTOC) IVA Regional Director Mildred Saligan, the NMIS received a call on January 4 from AKF requesting for a joint operation as it received a tip of a possible transport of dog meat in the area.
With the support of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Batangas, the team confiscated 77 dog carcass that when converted into dog meat yielded around 700 kilograms.
Arrested were suspects Emerson Balingawan and Glen Batacang, both residents of Baguio City. The CIDG Batangas held in custody the two suspects but were eventually brought to Batangas Police Provincial Office in Camp General Miguel C. Malvar in Batangas City for inquest proceedings.
Rolando Marquez, head of NMIS Enforcement Group, said that the act of transporting dog meat for trade was in violation of Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.
The law says that only food animals shall be allowed for slaughter in LGU registered or NMIS accredited meat establishments. Dog as defined under the Animal Welfare is not considered as a food animal.
The confiscated meat were brought to RTOC IVA office for disposal through burying.