This is from the inquirer site in the web. It seems that dogs are a good source of protein. In the Philippines, there are a lot of dogs too. And isn't it a survival thing to eat protein source?
In Batangas, dog meat trade is a door-to-door business
By Arnell Ozaeta The Philippine Star 01/05/2004
PADRE GARCIA, Batangas ˜ Despite being illegal, the trade in dog meat is growing so fast that dog traders are now going door-to-door looking for canines to buy.
Dog meat traders now hire tricycle drivers to go from house to house shouting "Aso! Aso kayo diyan, may ibebenta kayong aso d'yan (Dogs! Have you got dogs to sell)?"
One dog trader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they transport 800 to 1,000 dogs a month to Baguio City and Tarlac, Pangasinan and the Cordilleras to supply about 100 eateries and restaurants that openly serve dog meat.
The trade in dog meat was made illegal by the enactment of Republic Act 8485, also known as the Animal Welfare Act, which criminalizes cruelty to animals and covers the slaughter of dogs for food.
Despite the law against it, the trade in dog meat is brisk ˜ a situation that exists because of poor implementation of the Animal Welfare Act, studies have shown.
There is no political will to enforce this law, particularly in prosecuting those who engage in the illegal dog meat trade because many top local officials are dog-eaters themselves. (remainder snipped)