Crush film makers sentenced to life
For three years, PETA Asia has been working with authorities in the Philippines to help them find and prosecute the makers of horrific “crush” videos in which scantily clad girls (one as young as 12 years old) are filmed stepping, standing, and stomping on and slowly crushing animals—from the smallest of mice to large dogs who are tied down and helpless. Now PETA Asia’s efforts to shut down the makers of these sick fetish videos have resulted in a landmark ruling against those who torture and kill puppies, rabbits, and other animals.
Today, a Philippine court found Vicente and Dorma Ridon guilty of child abuse, animal welfare crimes, human trafficking, and wildlife-protection crimes and sentenced the pair to life imprisonment and a fine of more than 9 million pesos (US$198,000) each for their part in making the videos.
This huge victory began with a single compassionate person who stumbled upon these vile videos and took the time to report them to PETA Asia, which then worked with authorities to ensure that the Ridons were located, arrested, prosecuted, and ultimately sentenced for their crimes. In videos made by the Ridons, one dog is seen being skinned alive and another burned with a clothes iron. Rabbits are seen having their ears cut off or flailing and screaming as they are set on fire. One video shows a puppy crushed until the animal vomits up internal organs. The Ridons’ long sentence is a warning to anyone involved in the vile crush video industry that there are grave consequences for harming animals.
Their sentence is also a powerful reminder of PETA Asia’s commitment to helping animals no matter how long it takes. You can help ensure that PETA Asia will continue to be there for animals in the Philippines, in China, and across Asia by making a secure gift online right now.