By Lauren Lewis –
April 19, 2018
Following extensive surveillance work and a recent raid, three people suspected to be members of a dog meat trading group have been arrested in the Philippines.
Animal welfare organization, International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals (IAPWA) which collaborated with its partner Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF) and the local authorities on the case, announced the news on its Facebook page.
While IAPWA noted that most of the photos from the raid were extremely graphic and not suitable for posting, the organization did include a photo of four dogs that were discovered on-site who have now been rescued and are safe at the sanctuary.
According to the organization, the rescued dogs were due to be killed by the traders who are suspected to have been slaughtering approximately 40 dogs a week.
“A dozen animal carcasses were also found,” IAPWA shared in its post noting that the raid took place in a region in the south of Luzon, which is known to supply dog meat to the North. “These illegal activities are carried within an underground market and this work is highly dangerous for the investigation team.”
“This is the fourth raid in recent months which has seen all traders involved arrested and one by one we will close down these activities through this project,” IAPWA continued. “At the sanctuary, there are many victims of this trade and with new rescues coming in, we are appealing for donations to support them through their rehabilitation.”
“These dogs really need your help and with your support,” stated the organization, “we can achieve this for them and many others who need all of us to fight on their behalf against this injustice and cruelty.”
People are encouraged to make donations to IAPWA either through PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org
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