—Isaac Bashevis Singer
If you’re an animal lover and you like happy endings, this story isn’t for you. At least not quite yet, but I’m hoping it will be.
Because right now, this is a story of human cruelty and greed, and of bloodlust powered by high technology and administrative ignorance. It’s about people acting worse than the animals they abuse—foreigners who take advantage of lax law enforcement, the despicable Filipinos who help them, the dog breeders who sell animals to their death, and the perverts worldwide who bet on online dog fights and make scumbags rich.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are the animal welfare groups in the Philippines, underfinanced, overworked organizations that have been scrambling desperately to right a shocking wrong.