Couple in animal 'crush' videos get life term

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 29 2014 03:46 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2014 12:41 AM

MANILA - A La Union court has handed down a guilty verdict against a couple who allegedly produced a series of "crush videos" where scantily clad girls stepped on and crushed animals to death.

In a statement, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said the San Fernando Regional Trial Court Branch 30 found guilty Dorma Ridon and her husband, Vicente Ridon, of child abuse (Republic Act 7610), animal welfare crimes (RA 8485), human trafficking (RA 9208), and wildlife-protection crimes (RA 9147).

The Ridons, who have been in jail since June 2012, were sentenced to life imprisonment. They were also ordered to pay P9 million.

"This case is a victory not just for PETA Asia but also for Philippine law enforcement and people around the world who despise cruelty to animals," said PETA Asia Vice President Jason Baker.

He called it a groundbreaking case.

PETA worked with authorities to track down the couple.

"The Ridons' sentences are a warning to anyone involved in the vile crush video industry: There are grave consequences to harming animals,” Baker said.

The crush videos or fetish videos have been purchased in the US, Australia, Korea, Malaysia, and the UK, PETA said.

It said the buyers also face the risk of being charged.