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      What exactly am I eating ?

      by Shane_Australia Online Now Mar 28, 2014 at 4:43 AM

      I'd like to visit the Philippines for a two week holiday with my family. So I decided to do some online browsing about the the Philippines and came across an article (Below) that horrified me. It concerns the common practice of torturing, killing and eating dogs and cats. My question is : If I take the family out to a restaurant and order beef, lamb or pork, how can I be sure that I'm not being served dog or cat instead ? .......................................................... PHILIPPINES: DOG MEAT CRUELTY IN EVERY WAY: this dog is having it’s SHOULDER’S RIPPED OUT OF THEIR SOCKETS by the brutal cruelty inflicted on it by it’s new owner: a dog eater who sees it as nothing more than a ‘MEAL’ Before being carried like a bag, the dog was already in considerable pain from having it’s FRONT LEGS WRENCHED BACKWARDS AND TIED UP ONTO IT’S SPINE, which is completely unnatural for a dog. It’s hind legs were also bound tightly. The DOG’S MOUTH was bound tightly shut then an old TIN CAN JAMMED ON IT’S FACE. The Philippines has a hot climate (you can see the men are wearing sandals) and dogs NEED TO PANT TO COOL THEIR BODY TEMPERATURE. The dog must have gone through tremendous panic and overheating, through terror and not being able to cool itself and lower it’s stress. (The photo was taken a few years ago in a PHILIPPINES DOG MEAT MARKET.) Recently, a friend of mine LIVED IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR TWO YEARS and every Wednesday afternoon their next door neighbour would HANG A LIVE DOG UP, beat it with a club as it screamed BLOOD CURDLING SCREAMS of agony, then the man would start skinning the dog before it was even dead. He would then boil it and his family would eat it. The screams of the dog would have my friend and her FAMILY CRYING AND DISTRAUGHT INSIDE THEIR HOUSE, reeling in horror at what what happening. Because the neighbour was doing this outside, not only would they HEAR THE SCREAMS OF THE DOG and the thud of the dog being brutalised but the SMELL would also waft over to them. Dog meat has a particularly pungent stench. My friend and her family began leaving their house on Wednesday’s to try and avoid the horror but that was not always possible. Eventually they MOVED TO ANOTHER HOUSE because they could not bare what was considered “normal.” This has NOTHING TO DO WITH “CULTURAL TRADITIONS.” That is a MANTRA that’s used as an excuse for animal cruelty. The Philippines government has LAWS IN PLACE THAT NEED TO BE ENFORCED RATHER THAN IGNORED. The dog meat trade is outlawed in the Philippines but it definitely STILL EXISTS, even with authorities arresting dog traffickers from time to time.

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      What exactly am I eating ?

      by Shane_Australia Online Now Mar 28, 2014 at 4:43 AM

      I'd like to visit the Philippines for a two week holiday with my family. So I decided to do some online browsing about the the Philippines and came across an article (Below) that horrified me. It concerns the common practice of torturing, killing and eating dogs and cats. My question is : If I take the family out to a restaurant and order beef, lamb or pork, how can I be sure that I'm not being served dog or cat instead ? .......................................................... PHILIPPINES: DOG MEAT CRUELTY IN EVERY WAY: this dog is having it’s SHOULDER’S RIPPED OUT OF THEIR SOCKETS by the brutal cruelty inflicted on it by it’s new owner: a dog eater who sees it as nothing more than a ‘MEAL’ Before being carried like a bag, the dog was already in considerable pain from having it’s FRONT LEGS WRENCHED BACKWARDS AND TIED UP ONTO IT’S SPINE, which is completely unnatural for a dog. It’s hind legs were also bound tightly. The DOG’S MOUTH was bound tightly shut then an old TIN CAN JAMMED ON IT’S FACE. The Philippines has a hot climate (you can see the men are wearing sandals) and dogs NEED TO PANT TO COOL THEIR BODY TEMPERATURE. The dog must have gone through tremendous panic and overheating, through terror and not being able to cool itself and lower it’s stress. (The photo was taken a few years ago in a PHILIPPINES DOG MEAT MARKET.) Recently, a friend of mine LIVED IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR TWO YEARS and every Wednesday afternoon their next door neighbour would HANG A LIVE DOG UP, beat it with a club as it screamed BLOOD CURDLING SCREAMS of agony, then the man would start skinning the dog before it was even dead. He would then boil it and his family would eat it. The screams of the dog would have my friend and her FAMILY CRYING AND DISTRAUGHT INSIDE THEIR HOUSE, reeling in horror at what what happening. Because the neighbour was doing this outside, not only would they HEAR THE SCREAMS OF THE DOG and the thud of the dog being brutalised but the SMELL would also waft over to them. Dog meat has a particularly pungent stench. My friend and her family began leaving their house on Wednesday’s to try and avoid the horror but that was not always possible. Eventually they MOVED TO ANOTHER HOUSE because they could not bare what was considered “normal.” This has NOTHING TO DO WITH “CULTURAL TRADITIONS.” That is a MANTRA that’s used as an excuse for animal cruelty. The Philippines government has LAWS IN PLACE THAT NEED TO BE ENFORCED RATHER THAN IGNORED. The dog meat trade is outlawed in the Philippines but it definitely STILL EXISTS, even with authorities arresting dog traffickers from time to time.

      70 Answers Apr 3, 2014 at 11:08 PM
    • ATMs in the Philippines

      by artlocks Online Now Dec 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Are ATMS becoming more common in the Philippines? Are they common in the bigger cities now? I was there 2 years ago and didn't see any ATMs. But I never really looked hard for them either. I have been always using the many money changers.

      7 Answers Apr 2, 2014 at 5:25 AM
    • Taxis Manila

      by eveonpoll Online Now Sep 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Can anyone please tell me what the fare is, more or less, from Manila International Airport to the H2O hotel? And can you recommend anyone? Thanks

      9 Answers Sep 12, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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      Cagayan de oro

      by EttaT Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 4:59 AM

      Going to Cagayan De Oro. We would like to go to the White Island while we are there ? Any recommendations for a tour company that would accomadate 6?

      3 Answers Mar 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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      Would we enjoy?

      by angel_lean Online Now Apr 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      Hi VTer's. Me and my fiance are booked for this weekend at Arizona International Hotel at Subic. Would you guys give me an idea if the place is just alright? basing on the reviews I read lately from a different site, it does look great,however I really can't tell yet. Would appreciate more insights or reviews about the hotel/place. Thanks much and more touring to all of us! =)

      2 Answers Apr 17, 2011 at 8:12 PM
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      Weather in May for Vigan

      by dcmbs6691 Online Now Mar 29, 2009 at 4:51 PM

      Hi VT'ers,
      Just a simple question on the weather. We're intending to be travelling to Vigan in the first 2 weeks of May. I know that currently in Manila, there is still rain. What is to be expected for the region where Vigan is on the north west coast?
      Can we still expect to be doing beach type stuff in early May? I was told that rain will be present until at least end of July on the mainland.

      Lastly, any recommendations for reasonable accomodations - pensionnes, BnB's or hotels fine. As long as it's between 1-2K pesos per night. I prefer family run places for intimacy and that personal touch.

      Look forward to your feedback.

      Cheers Chucky.

      5 Answers Mar 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM
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      Best Beach for family holiday in January

      by Maria&Florin Online Now Oct 31, 2007 at 6:33 AM

      We would like to spent January 08 holiday on a beach. At least 2-3 weeks. We don't know where would be the best. We will take our 1yo child and her grandma... I guess we look for something like a resort or a calm beach. We still need the pubs in the evenings :)...and so everyone will be happy.
      We won't fix a budget but should be average, variations are tolerated though. We will highly appreciate any advises, as we want to make it nice.
      From Shanghai, with thanks !

      6 Answers Nov 8, 2007 at 5:39 AM
    • Philippine: where there is a beautiful sea ?!?

      by pami03hk Online Now Jan 9, 2007 at 12:52 AM

      HI! I'll go on Philippine on february but I don't know too much abotu this place. May be someone could help me.. !I'll stay there for a week so I wouldn't to do many transfer (plane+car+bus+boat+bus..finally resort!! he! he!). I would like find a nice resort near airport, with nice beach and sea.
      I've seen that Boracay it's nice.. there is other place as Boracay sea but nearest possible to airport? We don't make diving so only to swim and relax!
      Sorry for my bad english!
      Thanks!

      5 Answers Nov 2, 2007 at 6:13 AM
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      GIVE ME SOME SUGGESTION OF PHILIPPINE

      by WTTWBB Online Now May 24, 2003 at 10:57 PM

      I plan to visit Philippine next Jan or Feb. for hiking and volcano trekking. 9 days. no idea about Philippine Luzo island. especially the north frield of Luzon. I only know some place name as: Taal volcano, Manila, Sagada, Baguio, Banaue. Can you suggest me any places worthy to visit? or help me with a hiking enroute? Tks.

      12 Answers Jul 26, 2007 at 2:06 AM