Additional charges have been filed against the Filipino couple currently on trial for crimes related to the production of “crush” videos featuring scantily clad underage girls torturing and killing animals.
Dorma and Vicente Ridon were arrested in August last year and charged with animal cruelty and child abuse.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said in a statement Friday the Ridons are now facing additional charges of violating the Wildlife Protection and Conservation Act (RA No. 9147) and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (RA No. 9208).

They are currently being held at the La Union Provincial Jail.

“Manila is ‘ground zero’ in the international war against the vile crush-video industry,” said PETA-Asia vice president Jason Baker.

“The Philippines has an opportunity to slam the door on animal abuse by holding the Ridons accountable for the horrific pain and misery that they have caused,” he added.
According to PETA, the case has prompted government to improve laws against animal cruelty.

In February 2011, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed a resolution seeking an inquiry into crush videos. Also in May that year, Rep. Irwin Tieng filed a bill to prohibit the sale, exchange, or distribution of crush videos in the country. — Amanda Lago/VS/HS, GMA News

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