TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: Cagayan province is another place besides the Cordillera region where dog meat is a delicacy, especially during the Christmas season.
Known locally as asucena, dog meat is cooked in thick tomato sauce, green peas and breadcrumbs of which some locals from the Cagayan Valley region like those from Benguet and Mountain Province believe that eating this meat provides stamina.
“[Dog meat] gives me extra strength and courage working in the farm or whenever I go fishing, especially when the weather is cold. It is a good aphrodisiac too,” said Alex Gumuyod, a local resident.
For most Cagayanon men, dog meat is also used for kilawin (fish marinated in vinegar and spices), a local appetizer for drinking sessions.
The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) has filed cases in court against two vendors in the city selling dishes using dog meat in its renewed campaign against the practice with the onset of the holiday season.
“There are vendors who claim they are selling pato dishes or duck meat, but the real merchandise is dog dish,” NMIS meat control officer Elnora Ramones said.
NMIC has warned dog meat vendors selling canine meat against violation of the Animal Welfare Act and the NMIS Code.
Citing Rule 1.2 of the NMIS Code, Ramones said, “carcass or parts of carcass of non-food animals not recognized by the NMIS for human food and offered for sale to the public shall be considered as hot meat such as dog meat, cat meat and others.”
“Selling dog meat is illegal, and worse, consumption of dog meat poses health risk due to rabies,” she said.
LEANDER C. DOMINGO