Tis the season to be jolly, but best be cautious, especially when eating meat on the table.

Dog meat pieces were seized recently by police from well-placed restaurants in Northern Luzon.

Animal welfare groups, pet lovers, veterinarians, the National Meat Inspection Service, and the Department of Health joined forces to crack down on these animal meat traders.

Barangay officials, those on social media, and students can join the crackdown by reporting these criminal activities to the police.

Dog meat can be rabies-infected or worse, fatal.

This festive season, chicken, bird meat, fruits, and vegetables can be good, healthy appetizers.

Imagine eating your best friend –man’s inhumanity to the animal kingdom.

This is a crime that needs no penance for it is man’s injustice.

This story appeared in Animal Scene’s December 2015 issue.