Ban Horrifying Animal Abuse/Crush Videos in the Philippines

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Originally Posted: 30 July 2011

Ban Horrifying Animal Abuse/Crush Videos in the Philippines

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

ACTION

Tell the Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. to do everything in his power to promote the passage of a law banning the sale of crush videos in the Philippines.

Sign an online petition:
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3784

And/Or make direct contact:

Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America
1617 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
phone (202) 467-9300
fax (202) 467-9417

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

For the last year, PETA Asia has been working to expose and stop those behind a series of horrifying pornographic videos originating in the Philippines in which scantily clad girls as young as 12 are videotaped torturing animals. These snuff or "crush" videos typically depict the youngsters stepping, standing, and stomping on animals—from the smallest of mice to large dogs—and are made for a niche market of demented individuals all over the world. The videos are so heinous that the U.S. enacted a federal law to ban their sale just last year.

As a result of the year-long confidential investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia and the Filipino National Bureau of Investigation, a La Union woman and her husband have been charged with crimes related to the production of "crush" videos in which animals suffer excruciatingly painful deaths. The content of the videos associated with this case in the Philippines is truly sickening: They show young girls wearing skimpy clothes stomping on live animals, cutting the ears from screaming rabbits who are then set ablaze, repeatedly driving a sharp stiletto heel into the eye of a monkey, and other scenes so disturbing that we will spare you the details.

Dorma "Chita" Ridon and her husband, Vic Ridon, were charged with violating child abuse, animal welfare, human trafficking, and wildlife-protection laws. The couple fled when faced with the resulting media coverage, and arrest warrants for both suspects have been issued. PETA is offering PHP 100,000 for information leading to the arrest of these suspects.

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SAMPLE LETTER

I was shocked to learn of videos in which girls as young as 12 are videotaped horrifically abusing rabbits, puppies, monkeys, and other animals for pornographic "crush" videos that can be sold in the Philippines. The U.S. recently enacted a law banning the sale of such ghastly videos, and many countries around the world have also done so or are considering similar legislation.

I urge you to vocally support a bill currently in the Filipino Senate that would criminalize the sale of these videos and to do everything in your power to prevent their production and sale in your country.

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