Roadside ‘dog trade’ in Batangas town alarms animal rights groups

Makeshift shops selling puppies are a bothersome sight in Laurel, Batangas, near Tagaytay. One store on the roadside was selling Golden Retriever puppies for 1,800 to 2,500 pesos.

Ashley Fruno, Director for Animal Assistance Projects at PETA Asia, said selling puppies encourages the “market” to continue and subject more animals into unjust treatment.

Fruno said, “When you purchase a dog from a breeder or from a puppy seller, you are simply paying for this to continue. You are supporting the trade which is something to be stopped.”

Under Section 2 of the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines, anyone involved in the breeding or sale of puppies should have a Certificate of Registration from the Bureau of Animal Industry.

Failure to comply would result in “imprisonment of one year and six months and one day to two years and/or fine not exceeding 100,000 pesos if the animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment, or neglect dies.”

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