Search is on for 3 girls in viral puppy video
MANILA – (UPDATE) The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has asked the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to look into the viral video of a puppy being crushed to death as the search for the perpetrators continues.
PAWS uploaded a scanned copy of the letter it sent to BAI’s Animal Welfare Division (AWD), with the non-government organization saying that it is willing to help the bureau in its investigation.
“This act of horrendous cruelty must be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Kindly let us know how we can help assist BAI-AWD in its investigation. PAWS is willing to file the case against the animal offenders jointly with BAI-AWD and other concerned animal welfare groups or individuals once we have the identities of the women,” according to the letter, which was signed by PAWS executive director Anna Cabrera.
A few hours before sending the letter to BAI, PAWS urged the person who uploaded the viral video to come forward so they can track the perpetrators and file the necessary charges.
The clip, which has been shared more than 50,000 times on Facebook, showed three women kicking and putting their weight on a white puppy with black markings, causing outrage among Filipino Internet users.
“This is categorically called a crush video, a pornographic material that caters to a horrible, twisted audience. It is a shame that such barbaric and twisted act of cruelty has been made into a moneymaking scheme by fellow Filipinos. We are, as with everybody who has seen the post, enraged that this is happening in our own country – that it is happening at all,” PAWS said.
“We implore the source of this video to please step forward and provide us with an affidavit so we can file the necessary criminal charges against the perpetrators and bring justice to their innocent victims. Without an affidavit or witness coming forward, we also need the names and addresses of the people in the said video,” it added.
While it only became viral recently, the NGO is not discounting the possibility that the video of the puppy being killed by three women is an old clip that was only reposted on social media.
“Please note that a criminal case has already been filed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against crush video makers. This video may be the subject of the case filed by PETA, and may have just resurfaced in the social media networks,” PAWS said.
A couple accused of making graphic videos of animals being tortured were jailed in La Union last year. Dorma and Vicente Ridon were arrested after a year-long probe by the National Bureau of Investigation.
“The couple was initially charged with cruelty to animals and child abuse because the girls were minors when the videos were filmed. The Department of Justice has since added violations of the Wildlife Protection and Conservation Act (RA No. 9147) and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (RA No. 9208) as well as additional child abuse violations to the charges,” PETA said.