MANILA, Philippines - Some foreigners pay as much as $1,000 to watch videos of young Filipinas torturing and killing animals all in the name of sexual arousal.
The Animal Welfare Coalition (AWC) made the statement after discovering that some "crush videos" are made in the Philippines. The group said clients are able to choose what type of animal they want the girls to kill -- from puppies, kittens and bunnies to frogs, mice and snakes.
The girls, upon their clients' request, then crush the animals under their high heels or by sitting on them. Others remove their ears or skin them alive.
"We never knew it was possible here in the Philippines...We were shocked kasi it's like selling something in a market, nandoon ang teaser nila," AWC executive director Dr. Van Joe Ibay told ABS-CBN News.
The AWC has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the website where the Filipino-made crush videos are uploaded. Operators of the website are liable for violating the Animal Welfare Act of 1998.
Sixto Comia, chief of the NBI's environmental and wildlife protection and investigation division, said they have already retrieved some photos of the perpetrators.
"Pinipilit nating malaman kung sinu-sino sila...May picture na sila," he said.
Crush videos are usually sold to fetishists who are in search of a sexual thrill. Governments from different countries have carried out a crackdown on the proliferation of these types of online content.
This is the first reported instance of crush videos being made in the Philippines. -- Report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News