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Philippine pair charged over animal torture videos


MANILA, Philippines—A Philippine couple have been charged for making dozens of videos showing teenage girls torturing and killing animals, an animal rights group said Tuesday.

The videos were sold via secretive Internet chat groups to people overseas who wanted to watch the footage for thrills, said Rochelle Regodon, Asia campaign manager for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“The videos just tear your heart out. This disgustingly cruel enterprise must be stopped,” Regodon said at a news conference where some of the clips were screened.

In the videos, girls wearing mini-skirts and high heels cut the ears off rabbits with scissors before being setting them on fire, burned a dog with a clothes iron and stood on puppies.

After PETA reported the crimes to authorities, police charged a husband and wife in the northern Philippines with animal cruelty, child abuse and human trafficking.

But the couple fled before being arrested, and PETA said Tuesday it was offering a reward of P100,000 ($2,300) for information leading to their capture.

Regodon said clients overseas could look at excerpts of the so-called “crush” videos online, then order the full-length clips by sending a money transfer to the Philippine couple.

Prices ranged from $80 for one video to $200 for three clips, according to Regodon.

She said the operation, which was believed to have existed for two years, was uncovered after someone in Russia contacted PETA with information about the videos.

The Russian informant, who had infiltrated the chat groups where “crush video” fans gathered online, posed as a genuine customer, according to Regodon.

The informant gained access to 68 short videos and enough information to help trace the organizers to the northern Philippine province of La Union.

Six girls aged between 12 and 18 had been coerced into the cruel acts after initially being lured to the couple’s home to work as babysitters, PETA said.

While this was the first “crush” video case in the Philippines, there have been many cases in recent years of police raiding operations in which girls and women perform sex acts in front of cameras for overseas Internet clients.

Widespread poverty drives the girls and women into the “cybersex” business.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001326116340 Gordon Montoya

    my sister has a pet rabbit. it’s such a timid and quiet creature. i can’t imagine how anyone can enjoy such ruthlessness to such gentle creatures.

  • Anonymous

    Never have I even imagined there are such sick people who do this, much more people who would pay to watch these sick videos!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

    Please find this couple quickly. God help us for having them in our midst. Put them in jail with the fiercest, hungriest of animals.

  • Anonymous

    Because these people know that in this country, anybody can commit a crime and get away with it.
    Pero kung alam nila na may tiyak na kaparusahan , nobody will dare. Our justice system is rotten 

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who tortures and kills defenseless creatures for “fun” deserves to have the same or worse done to them. Let them taste the suffering they’ve inflicted.

  • Anonymous

    Mag asawang may mga sayas ang utak, bakit nlng d kya kayo kumuha ng itak at pagtatagain nyo ang isat isa… mga animal kayo….sarap gawin sa inyo ang ginawa nyo sa mga hayop….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001250185328 Derlaine Lovely Aquino

    Their not a human,, what kind of living being ba kayo? Why don’t you try to get a knife and then cut your own ears and legs?…para namn ma feel nyo ang ginawa nyo sa mga innocent animals… Ang srap nyo ring i torture grabe,,,,,…………………………….

  • Anonymous

    these cruelty of people towards animals reflects on their behavior. i could not just imagine a person torturing an animal void of affection to man’s best freind. you know, i would better trust a dog than a man because man by nature has the instinct of sudden change while a dog of yours will be forever loyal even in your time of death. he will not leave you. so many great stories of dogs and i count my dog of that great stories. that is why i deeply love my dog. he will be loyal to me forever. but for these couples, i think it is time for them to sever their heads because they are not creatures anyway!! to you  ms rigodon, better make sure that the couples will be tortured the same way as the clip!!! intiende!

  • Anonymous

    It is infuriating that animals should be tortured and killed for the sake of monetray transactions based on perverse sexual fantasies. But to me, what’s more shocking is that while wholesale sympathy is given to the animals, not a single drop of sympathy go to the UNDERAGE girls paid to do the heinous acts! What about the damage to their young and fragile psyche? I can imagine they were crying while doing those acts! I am pretty sure they were as disgusted as we all are but that they had no choice due to their poverty and them being underaged!  But Peta does not even bat an eyelash so to speak, when it comes to these girls who were paid to do all sorts of sick things they were paid to do! Its as if Peta considers them nothing more than the means or instrumentation the pair used to torture the animals! Unbelievable!

  • Anonymous

    It is infuriating that animals should be tortured and killed for the sake of monetray transactions based on perverse sexual fantasies. But to me, what’s more shocking is that while wholesale sympathy is given to the animals, not a single drop of sympathy go to the UNDERAGE girls paid to do the heinous acts! What about the damage to their young and fragile psyche? I can imagine they were crying while doing those acts! I am pretty sure they were as disgusted as we all are but that they had no choice due to their poverty and them being underaged! But Peta does not even bat an eyelash so to speak, when it comes to these girls who were paid to do all sorts of sick things! Its as if Peta considers them nothing more than the means or instrumentation the pair used to torture the animals! Unbelievable!



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