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Dog Meat Identifying Machine Convicts Dog Traders 

Makati City. 05/05/2016 --- The result of laboratory analysis using a machine that reads minute traces of DNA has been used as evidence in a court of law in Tuguegarao City last June of 2015. The machine was purchased through the Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), the main animal welfare NGO partner of the NMIS, The case was a result of a surveillance operation where an alleged cooked dog meat was being sold in a store in the area.


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Samples of the cooked dog meat were bought by the AKF investigators prior to the operation and were sent to the the National Meat Inspection Service Central Meat Laboratory (NMIS CML) in Quezon City.

The machine, which uses the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method, produced reports confirming that the samples were dog meat allowing AKF and the Criminal Investigation & Detection Unit of Camp Adoro, Tuguegarao City to raid the store that sells cooked dog meat.

Using the certification of the result of the analysis issued by NMIS, the dog trader was found guilty by the court early this year of 2016.

Other cases in the courts of Pangasinan and Tuguegarao with the same circumstance and supported by the result of laboratory analysis by the NMIS CMS are ongoing.


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The PCR machine replicates minute amounts of DNA and once the required replication levels are achieved, the DNA is then subjected to a test wherein proteins are separated for analysis and species identification.

The purchase of the machine is a result of AKF and NMIS’ partnership to stop the illegal trade of dog meat nationwide

AKF and NMIS are both signatories in the National Plan of Action 2016 which targets the eradication of dog meat trade in the Philippines through intensification of operation against dog meat trading activities.