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Wildlife Massacre in Davao City








It was beyond belief that I will be encountering the trade of dried Flying Lizard openly in the busy street of Uyanguren,Davao City, knowing Davao as the city with one of the most strict implementation of policies in the Philippines.

As we came close and had a short conversation with the local trader, he mentioned that the dried flying lizards are local medicine to cure cough, asthma, goiter and tuberculosis. The dried lizards were sold for Php 100.00 or $3.00 (small) and Php 200.00 or $6.00 (bigger one). I have heard the urban tale about  lizards that it can cure asthma and other respiratory related diseases but it was proven not so true by scientists.


If I would speculate  on the species of the flying lizard (I am not an expert to identify this herp species), this could be the species of lizard named after Dr. Jose Rizal known as Draco rizali (please correct me if I’m wrong).

The real issue now is the rampant existence of such trade that is prohibited by the Republic Act 9147 or Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection.

This situation is a true reflection of our society today and I hope that the Philippine implementing agencies, like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)  and the local government unit (LGU) of Davao work their arse to prevent this open wildlife trade.

Now what’s your thought on this?

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25 comments :

  1. My God!!! I am not aware of this......need to share this post..as in na alarma jud ko...

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  2. Humans should stop wiping out animals, especially for stupid reasons.

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  3. Even prohibited people don't bother about the law. Government must be aware of this always and conducts info dissemination.

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  4. I do have cough problems but never heard such things before.

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  5. They should not encourage trades like this as the it's harmful for the balance in the environment.

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  6. i am sure the local government is not aware of this illegal practices. that's good of you to write about it so this issue may reach the concerned government agencies and organizations.

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  7. Rochkirstin SantosMay 12, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Whoa! I would not believe if there are those people who actually take these as cures to diseases. They might as well get medicines that are prescribed by doctors.

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  8. Awww... that is seriously alarming for selling and eating a wildlife such as this. what is the tagalog word for flying lizard, btw?

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  9. Grabe naman! We have a very rich natural resources and wild life then they're just wasting this just to feed the taboos. There's no medical studies that this can cure sickness.

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  10. this is very sad! how cruel humans can be sometimes. but i guess we cant blame them somehow because of the poverty

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  11. Once I've done an article about 'real dragons' and this rare species of Philippine flying lizard is one of the entries. Gosh, I had a hard time getting just a photo of it. And here, naka-dispaly na sila sa street. Those stupid morons should be put to jail..

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  12. People should not patronize items like this as it would just disturb the balance of the environment.

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  13. That's so sad!! I hope Davao will have tougher laws against people who catch and sell this animals.

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  14. Sad to know that some people are doing this unlawful act. Needs the assistance of our government.

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  15. Please do consult your doctor before trying out new ways. Just saying..

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  16. The concerned government agencies should find ways to stop this or this will continue to destroy what should be protected zealously.

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  17. i have a question for you? before you go and target these people from the mountains selling this lizards, didnt you notice that PETCO <---one of the petshops in almost a0ll of the malls in davao are selling exotic animals? Now what can you say about this? are you going to go against the owner of these petshop knowing that his surname is BANGGAYAN? let me know author what your reply is and il help you out :)

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  18. What so unfortunate to inform you that i seldom visit malls in Davao city. And I am not aware of PETCO. Can I throw back the question to you ? Since you are aware that such PETCO sells exotic animals, have you done anything so far? any investigation ? Do their animals have permits? what kind of exotic animals? Where is the source. It's not enough to say that they are selling .. I'm just curious...just sad i have never seen it so far. Will let you know if ever I have visited this place.... I can't throw judgement or make any with facts or evidence..

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  19. Dianne Sia LuceñaraMarch 7, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Petco does not reselle exotic pets without the necessary permits obtained from the auppliers themselves. Most of their animals are commercially bred which are not covered by the law stated on this article. They don't sell animals that are illegal for commercial trade.
    Also, this article covers how it is illegal to capture and kill wild animals for commercial purposes. Furthermore, on endangered animals protected by the government.
    I am not related to the owners nor do I know them personally. We we're once one of their suppliers so we know about their policy.

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  20. Dianne Sia LuceñaraMarch 7, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Petco does not reselle exotic pets without the necessary permits obtained from the auppliers themselves. Most of their animals are commercially bred which are not covered by the law stated on this article. They don't sell animals that are illegal for commercial trade.
    Also, this article covers how it is illegal to capture and kill wild animals for commercial purposes. Furthermore, on endangered animals protected by the government.
    I am not related to the owners nor do I know them personally. We we're once one of their suppliers so we know about their policy.
    Hope this helps.

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  21. Actually Ms. Dianne Sia, I have a friend working in the DENR,the people working there know that PETCO is selling exotic animals, want to know some of the exotic animals theyre selling? Blue tongue skinks, ball pythons, snakes, reticulated pythons (it's stated in our law that selling retics is prohibited) Guess what they just told me, they can't go and raid petco because it's owned by WILSON BANGGAYAN, the Banggayan's are one of untouchables here in Davao City. FYI :) And by the way those being sold at PETCO they don't have permits. Any animal that isn't ENDEMIC in the PHILIPPINES are considered EXOTIC.

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  22. Yes I was able to talk to my friend at the DENR they know that PETCO is selling reticulated pythons and sailfin lizards which are 2 of the animals that are in the list that shouldn't be sold nor captured. They just don't have the balls man to raid PETCO because it's owned by BANGAYAN they said. So what can we do? If you're on facebook you could also check out the selling pages of animals you would be surprised that a lot of people are in the trade.

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  23. This blogger has done something to help the environment. Hats off to him. How about you? We cannot fault him for not finding/investigating PETCO as he is not a native of Davao City. It is your responsibility. The ball is in your hands having known PETCO's dark secrets.

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  24. We cannot fault him? Or are you saying we shouldn't blame him? Okay was just messing around dude. Anyways, I have done my part and report them to the authorities sadly the DENR here in Davao can't touch them. So what's next? Why not try to blog about petco and it's secrets? Actually it's not a secret bro! If you go visit their shops, lantaran nila dinidisplay yung mga exotic animals na binebenta nila. Ask them if it's legal let's see if they can answer you. LOL

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  25. This is what you get when you have someone named Rody Duterte as a mayor. He says one thing that everything is nice and clean with no crime, etc., but underneath all of this bliss and seeming utopia there is an underlying darkness to it all just like his Death squads and now he is running for president? Idiocracy!

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