NEWSBYTES.PH, a Philippines on-line news source has reported that Philippine lawmakers are pushing for a law in their nation which will ban animal crush video. The full article can be read here.
Buhay party-list representatives Irwin Tieng and Mariano Michael Velarde are authors of House Bill 4595(Anti-Crush Video Act of 2011), which will further aid in halting their production by closing another loop-hole. Violators of the law, if passed, will face a jail sentence of up to seven years and a fine of up to P300,000. The bill excludes customary and normal veterinary or agricultural husbandry practices, hunting, trapping, or fishing.
“Animal torture is outrageously disturbing. Common decency and morality dictate that those engaged in it should not be profiting from it, they should be imprisoned,” Representative Tieng stated.
Realization in the Philippines that legislation was needed against the videos came swiftly after depictions surfaced via the internet featuring scantily clad Philippine women torturing an animal, and as we had warned on many occasions, specific tortures by such crush producers were being offered at the “request of the buyer”.
We commend the Philippines for taking this matter as seriously as they have and hope for swift legislative action. Together, we will continue to urge every nation to act quickly in regard to drafting legislation against animal crush video.
The team at Stopcrush.org