I've no doubt you will share my outrage and sadness at the photo above! I hesitated before sharing it with you because it's so shocking, but it illustrates very well what we are fighting against in the Philippines.
The photo was taken in March 2012 by a concerned citizen who complained to the local police. All the police did, however, was force the driver to place the dog inside the vehicle, despite the fact that s/he was clearly going to be slaughtered and eaten. After the media published the photo the police were forced to investigate further, only to find that the number plate in the photo was a false one, so the owner could not be tracked down and prosecuted.
The authorities in the city of Baguio, where this photo was taken, are notorious for allowing the dog meat trade to thrive despite the fact that it is cruel, illegal and implicated in the spread of rabies. That is why the main thrust of our campaign against this evil practice is to keep on pressuring the Philippines government to enforce their laws against the dog meat trade. Can I ask you once again to send a quick email to the President?
On a positive note, we have just secured a meeting with the Chief of Police, which is a big step forward. I will of course let you know how the meeting goes in the near future.