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08/08/2013: Statement in Reaction to Public Concern over Crush Videos

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-073-2013
08 August 2013

The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Washington, D.C. has received emails from the public expressing their concern over so-called crush videos emanating from several countries that, unfortunately, included the Philippines.

The Philippine Embassy shares their concern over the disturbing videos and would like to inform the public that the Philippine Government has been taking decisive action against the perpetrators of such heinous activities since these were first brought to its attention in 2010.

In cooperation with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific and the Animal Welfare Coalition, the National Bureau of Investigation arrested and indicted  Victor and Dorma Ridon for violation of Republic Act 8485 (Animal Welfare Act) and Republic Act 9147 (Wildlife Protection and Conservation Act) in 2011.

In addition, the Ridon couple was also charged for violating Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act). Their trial is ongoing.

The public may also wish to know that a number of Filipino lawmakers have also proposed legislative measures in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to criminalize the production and sale of crush videos and other filmed acts of animal cruelty.

The public can be assured that the Philippine Government and the Filipino people will continue to work to end to this abomination which is inconsistent with the values we honor as a people.