A dog was killed and eaten... And I couldn't do anything!!!!!

Philippines
May 13, 2009 1:57pm CST
I live in a resettlement in the suburbs of the philippines. And in our country there is an animal law but not enough people who enforce it. So anyway One day I just got home from work and I was ready to go to sleep since as I work a graveyard shift, when I heard a dog graowling and whining from outside my window, first I though it was my dog so I asked my mom to tell "Mac" to keep quiet. But then my mom said that whining wasn't ours then when I listened carefully It was coming from our nextdoor neighbour. Our neighbours consist of very poor people that were relocated in the resettlement after the Pinatubo. SO anyway I heard a snap and a crack and the dogs cries until he finally... I was so angry I wanted to give a piee of my mind to my neighbour. Then later I found out that they bought the dog for 100 pesos and was going to be their "pulutan" which is what you call the food that accompany the drinks (i.e. beer,vodka, gin) and man was I mad. I went and called our banrangay officials and you know what he said? No biggie, this thing happens all the time... The poor dog never had a chance, up to this day I still couldn't talk to my neighbor and I keep watch on my dogs coz well you never know... I know this ran on but I just wanted to vent...
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@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
13 May 09
Oh that's fine that you ranted on, I think that killing of a dog, cat, or any being is very wrong, and that something should be done about it. I hope that something will be done, keep talking to the people that matter in your country and who can help you get justice for this dog.
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• Philippines
13 May 09
I really hope that they can help prevent this from happening but like when I talked with the barangay officials their excuse to me was that it was because of their poverty that they were able to do that and sadly that wasn't the first time.
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• Canada
13 May 09
I agree, getting justice for this poor dog is the main thing and I'm sure if she keeps talking and pestering the right people things slowly but surely may change for the better!
@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
13 May 09
Yes they said that, and regardless of whether it's the truth or not you should still pester, like purpleteddybear has said, and they will surely do something about it with enough heat on them. Of course I know, atleast, that I don't know that much about the Phillipines or the laws there.
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@yetigirl (76)
• Spain
13 May 09
if I were you, I'd comment this to the ongs and other people that work defending animal rights. Really makes me sick imagining the scene. Recently my dog was hit by a car (fortunately he is fine now) and suffered a lot, can't imagine how much that dog suffered and what will happen with his soul :(
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• Philippines
13 May 09
I know, and I feel partly guilty because I wasn't able to stop the people that are doing this. And that nothing happened when I did try. Because ulike in the US where animal rights is strictly enforced and you could call cops to rescue them well here it's just not the same. The nearest animal rights org. here is like 3 regions away.
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• United States
13 May 09
I'm sorry this upset you. It would upset me too, but if my neighbors were so far down they had to resort to that to have money to buy food, then I would be more upset that human beings were going hungry.
• United States
13 May 09
Oh, I see. Money for booze but no money to feed the kids. That's terrible. That's so sad for a family to have to grow up with a dad like that.
• Philippines
13 May 09
I understand your point, we've tried many tmes to help that family when we were new there. But well they could'nt find proper jobs since as they did not finish high school. And when we tried to help the kids enroll in a public school for high school the father of the house did not want us to do that since as from his point of view they turned out well enough so why waste the money. (the father was a drunk you see and well he and his friends ate the dog while they were drinking in the middle of the day.) So it's really hard trying to help people that won't help themselves.
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• Philippines
13 May 09
I know it's sad really... it's the kids tht are gona pay for it in the long run. :(
• Canada
13 May 09
Hi serenity! I started crying when I read your discussion it made me so sad. Plus I'm sure the pregnancy hormones don't help things either. I can not believe that your neighbor would buy a dog just to eat it! I can only imagine what you went through hearing that poor dogs cries for help and I am so sorry you had to hear that! My advice would be to try and get a hold of as many people as possible that might be able to help (animal rights activists, ministers of your country, etc). I really hope that things get better there!
• Philippines
13 May 09
HI purpleteddybear, I knew a lot of people would understand. But somehow it's really hard to get help from our surroundings our community is full of illiterate people, I'm not saying it's their fault it's just that well thy just don't know any better. I'm trying to get help but my mo ays what'll I do when they ask for evidences. It's my word against theirs. I'm still not giving up though.
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• Philippines
13 May 09
PS Sorry If I made you cry or uncomfortable... I hope it's not bad for the baby...
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• Canada
14 May 09
Oh trust me serenity I have cried a lot in this pregnancy and baby is fine .
@allen0187 (58448)
• Philippines
14 May 09
if you can, report the incident to the local authorities or to paws or to some government agency that can addres the situation properly. these people will only learn their lesson when they are placed behind bars for this senseless act of violence against animals. i think there are enough people out ther who actually would lift a finger to prosecute these criminals.
• Philippines
14 May 09
I hope so.. I'm still trying to get enough atttention to it as possible... I don't want anything like this to happen again if i could help it.
@Absinto (2385)
• Portugal
13 May 09
That is horrible.. how can they do that to animals..pigs cows and chickens are one thing, but aimals that we live with everyday and give names, they are practilly people for us and then this happens. I would have gave a piece of my mind to that man, and i wouldnt hesitate for a mintue.
• Philippines
13 May 09
I know, but well I didn't want to pick fights with a drunk and well I thought the officials i called would help instead of turning me away like that. Some official he turned out to be.
@jazzsue58 (2666)
14 May 09
Trouble is, Asinto - those cows and sheep and pigs have feelings too. And farmers DO give their favourites names - pigs especially. A local farmer had to give up pastoral and switch to crops only, cos he couldn't bear killing off the calves that were weaned (his was a dairy farm) All animals deserve respect, not just the cute and fluffy ones.
@secretbear (19448)
• Philippines
15 May 09
that's really sad. but it really happens. i think in Baguio that happens a lot. they just love dogs. love to eat that is. they say its a good "pulutan" because its warm in the stomach. when i was in Tanay, Rizal for a week training, my co-trainees bought a dog and cooked it and ate it as "pulutan". i saw how they burned it to remove the hairs, i saw how they chopped it and how they cooked it. i was thankful i didn't see how they killed it. and i couldn't eat a piece of it. they say it tastes good but i just can't. poor dog. but i guess it also depends on the customs of a place. in Baguio maybe it is in their custom to eat dogs. i mean, maybe they don't just see dogs as pets. they also see it as food. and its normal to them. in other places it may seem abnormal because it is not in their custom. even if there are laws to protect animals, it just couldn't be enforced very strictly because there are lots of people who see dogs, not only as pets, but also food.
@VotreAmie (3028)
• United States
14 May 09
What a horrible thing! I was thinking our little cute dog could have the same destiny I would be destroyed. Animals are abused everywhere but at least in some countries they don't get eaten because of the culture, people just can't eat certain animals like horses, dogs, cats, etc. That is horrible and these people are mean.
• Philippines
14 May 09
That's exactly how I felt. HOrrible.
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
13 May 09
How sad! I have two dogs and my family has dogs too and I can't imagine eating them! But every culture is different so it's just something I have to accept. Doesn't mean I like it I feel sorry for the dog.
• Philippines
14 May 09
I know that's exactly how i felt. BUt it's not like a tribal culture where you have to eat a dog or anything. they just wanted to eat the dog so they could have something to go with their drinks. and it was a couple of grown up men.. gettin' drunk in the middle of the day.
@toosh21 (800)
• Australia
14 May 09
OMG...this absolutely disgusts me! I do realise that this is a normal practice in some cultures, but in my mind it is soooo wrong! I don't blame you for feeling the way you do about it, and I am disgusted the officials did nothing about it when there are laws in place to say this is not allowed!
@bunnybon7 (50975)
• Holiday, Florida
14 May 09
omg!! this is just so discusting that i dont even know what to say. with the economy like it is everywhere im scared this could get worse. what can we do? i dont have a clue.
@swerdna (117)
• United States
14 May 09
The official said it happens all the time, but that doesn't make it right. His response was a cheap cop-out.
@csrobins (1120)
• United States
18 May 09
Wow that’s so sad…is there anything you can do? Any organization you can call? I know this type of thing happens all the time. I can’t believe people are so unemotional and cold. Course they might have been drunk. It always hurts me to know something like that happened. Keep your dogs safe!
• Cebu, Philippines
14 May 09
I had a dog also before but my granparents was able to say YES to those bandits "NPA" in Davao del Sur, that dog named Claire is so sweet and what they did they killed her with 2x2 coco lumber, and I could still hear the dogs voice crying and begging for life.
• Philippines
14 May 09
I see your also from the Philippines it's just too bad that PAWS and animal rights just can't reach our locations and even if they could they are not strictly implemented.
@maximax8 (31055)
• United Kingdom
14 May 09
I have a vegan diet. I love animals and I have two dogs. I think that your neighbor did something very sick indeed. I feel incredibly sorry for the poor dog. Dogs should be loving pets and not food. I am not surprised that you feel sad about that terrible event. I hope that this discussion makes many people want to treat animals kindly.
@savypat (20216)
• United States
14 May 09
I can't say that I would not do the same thing as your neighbors if it meant food for my children. I know when you say dog, most of us think pet but I can understand why other people would think food. It all has to do with prospective. We raise calves and learn to love the little guys and yet their lives will end within 2 years and they will become food, this is the sole purpose of raising them. Again it's all in your mind set. It's enough to make you a Vegan.
@dtp882 (110)
• United States
14 May 09
I'm really really sorry. That must havee been so horrible. And then the authorities don't do anything to help. And the poor dog think of how is last minutes of life were. You should keep an eye on your dog. I'd get an electric fence between your neighbor's and your yard.
@DEVONECO (144)
• United States
14 May 09
Your story sounds really gross - and as an animal lover and owner of two dogs, makes me feel mad at these people. But then, I suppose this is their culture and nature. Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to insult them, but they are used to eating such stuff as food and perhaps nothing can change it. I suppose if you were living in a different civilization, you will begin to appreciate life of all forms and love all animals - not just your pets. I recall back in my country ( I am domiciled in USA now), there were several international ships that used to dock at the ports - and when some of them that had Phillipino crew arrive at the port, all the stray dogs in the area disappear! Although the locals found this extremely gross, it took care of a stray dog problem and they turned a blind eye to it.
• United States
14 May 09
I was horrified to read your report, and I share the same disgust as everyone else who has commented. However, I would point out that many people expressing disgust still go out to the grocery store or McDonalds and buy meat to eat. If you think that cow, chicken, pig, or sheep was raised and killed in humane conditions, chances are you in denial about the food animal industry. Exactly what you described about killing and eating a dog is why I stopped eating meat almost 20 years ago. Dogs do not feel pain any more or less than cows. It mystifies me how people can be shocked at pain & torture of cats and dogs, and then turn a blind eye to hundreds of thousands of higher mammals being systematically abused and killed for recreational meat (most proteins should not come from animal protein intake).
• India
14 May 09
Man this is really sick , oh i cannot imagine people doing this ? Please i beg of you to complain about your neighbors to police or any animal welfare society . Its really serious matter . And they saying , they do it all the time . That means they will buy another dog again . Please do something to safe more life , just get them punished what they doing .