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Dog-Meat Mafia: Inside Thailand’s Smuggling Trade

An exclusive video report following Thailand’s illegal live-export trade in dogs — from rounded-up strays to stolen pets — destined for human consumption in Vietnam.


Thai authorities are struggling to stop dogs from being stolen and smuggled to northern Vietnam, where one million dogs are eaten each year.

Stray dogs and pets are being illegally snatched, bought, or even bartered for household items, then smuggled to Vietnam, where they are sold, butchered and eaten.

With bribery at border checkpoints, apathy in the transit country of Laos, and northern Vietnam’s appetite for one million dogs a year, Thai authorities are struggling to stop an estimated 200,000 dogs every year being exported alive in this international racket.

Smugglers pay helpers, often poor farmers, to comb rural areas and towns, buying dogs, grabbing strays or stealing pets.

Dogs are collected throughout the northeast of Thailand, then taken to holding pens in the provinces of Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan.

In transit, conditions for the animals are horrendous. The dogs are loaded by the hundreds onto open-sided trucks, starving and dehydrated, and stacked on top of each other, suffering from bite wounds and broken bones — some even dying en route.

According to Tuan Bendixsen, director of Animals Asia Foundation in Vietnam, the slaughter process is particularly traumatic for the dogs. Dogs are often killed at or near restaurants, or at stalls where restaurant owners pick the dogs they want before they are slaughtered.

“Dogs are highly intelligent animals, so when you kill a dog and you have a whole cage of dogs next to the one that is being killed, obviously those dogs that are being killed next, they know what is going on,” Bendixsen told The Global Mail.

“Okay, culturally there is an issue about dog eating, we need to work on that, but up to the point where the dogs are being killed, obviously these dogs can be treated much better in terms of animal welfare,” he said.

Thailand’s maximum penalty for illegal export of animals, including dogs, is two years in prison and a $3,000 fine, but activists say nobody has been jailed under the law. Focus within Thailand is on reducing the stray dog population, but while dog meat remains at a premium in Vietnam, the trade continues to flourish.

Transcript

CRAIG SKEHAN: Pet shows are a new trend in much of Asia, with well-groomed, expensive dog breeds crowd favourites. While pet ownership is on the rise, the practice of eating dogs continues in many places. An insatiable appetite for dog meat in Vietnam, coupled with huge numbers of stray dogs in Thailand — and a racket of stealing pets — fuels a cruel and illegal cross-border dogs-for-slaughter trade, with dogs packed for days like sardines in steel cages, up to a thousand on a single truck. Dogs are collected throughout the northeast of Thailand, then taken to holding pens in the provinces of Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan. Within Thailand, efforts are being made to over-time reduce the stay dog population.

TOON WERATHUMJUMRUS, Soi Dog Foundation: We stress upon the sterilisation program because we think the stray dog problem in Thailand starts with uncontrollable populations of the dogs.

CRAIG SKEHAN: And Thai celebrities are popularising the issue.

KAE CHOLLADA, model and television presenter: We are the mercy country and I believe that we love dogs because dog's still are man's best friend. So we should not eat them, at all.

CRAIG SKEHAN: On Thailand's northern border with Laos is a government shelter for dogs rescued from smugglers. When pressure from campaigners resulted in raids being stepped up in 2011, such shelters were unable to cope and a high proportion of the dogs died from contagious diseases and other causes.

CHUSAK PONGPANICH, head of the national government’s Nakhon Phanom Province Dog Shelter: We try to stop dogs being carried out of the country in response to the big demand outside Thailand. The foreign consumption of dog seems to be much bigger these days.

CRAIG SKEHAN: A major highway runs through the dusty northern Thai town of Ta Rae where many Mr Bigs of the Thai dog export business are based. Mainly Catholic migrants from Vietnam brought the habit of dog-eating with them. Now a so-called “dog-meat mafia” pays catchers — including poor farmers — to comb rural areas and towns, buying dogs, grabbing strays or stealing pets. Household items such as plastic buckets can be offered for dogs that local people may consider a nuisance. But if nobody is around to see, just about any dog can be treated as fair game. The holding pens they are taken to are increasingly at secret locations to avoid detection. At one such pen many dogs were found to be weak or dead, and stolen pets there were recovered. The maximum penalty for illegal export of animals, including dogs, is two years and a $3,000 fine, but activists say nobody has been jailed and and there is usually just a small fine. Conditions for the animals are horrendous.

TUAN BENDIXSEN, PhD, animal scientist and Vietnam director of Animals Asia Foundation: These dogs will be starving, they will be dehydrated, because they are not getting enough water. So broken bones is quite normal, and they have a lot of bleeding injuries because during the trip obviously when you get dogs stacked on top of each other, they start biting — against each other.

CRAIG SKEHAN: Thailand has been doing more to intercept the dog smugglers' trucks, but bribery remains a problem. And there is no specific co-ordination with neighbouring provinces in Laos and little government-to-government co-operation.

MONTHON TIPAYACHANT, Bueng Kan Province police major-general: Now here, on this matter, we don’t really know what the legal standing of these dogs is in Laos.

We can act firmly in our country, but beyond the Laos border we have no control.

Stop the dogs going to Laos – that’s the best thing!

CRAIG SKEHAN: Dogs are smuggled out of Thailand across the Mekong River and again loaded onto trucks. Once on Route Eight, the trucks have a virtually free run through Laos — where the trade has not yet become a significant public policy issue. Campaigners say they have never heard of a dog truck being stopped in Laos. At the Vietnamese check-point at Cau Treo, vehicles are searched for contraband, but the dog trucks just go through after paying a per head livestock tax without proper checks for diseases such as rabies and cholera.

TUAN BENDIXSEN: And once that closed population on that dog truck reaches a populated human area and those dogs are distributed to different areas, then you have no idea where the infection is going to go next.

CRAIG SKEHAN: Once in Vietnam, the open-sided trucks travel with their living cargoes north along Highway One to the capital, Hanoi. Here they are sold to middlemen according to their weight. By then, their value has tripled from about $10 for each dog in Thailand — and that can be doubled again by the time they are killed, butchered, cooked and served to restaurant patrons. In Duc Thuong — on the outskirts of Hanoi — restaurant owner, 48-year-old Hong Hiep, the father of five children, says he was taught the trade by his grandfather and has been killing dogs for 30 years, these days at a rate of several thousand a year.

HONG HIEP, dog meat restaurant owner: I'm a cook of a Vietnamese speciality, just like a job in any other country. This restaurant is my main income. It's very normal, cooking food, serving my customers.

We hit the dogs on the head to kill them so that they can come back in another life.

CRAIG SKEHAN: It is widely claimed that dogs are regularly killed slowly in Vietnam, so that adrenaline is pumped into their bodies to make the meat more tender.

TUAN BENDIXSEN: I heard that from China in the early days, but I think now that, from what we gather, is that the dogs are being killed quickly. But despite that it is very cruel, the way they are killed. Well, I mean, dogs are highly intelligent animals, so when you kill a dog and you have a whole cage of dogs next to the one that is being killed, obviously those dogs that are being killed next, they know what is going on. Okay, culturally there is an issue about dog eating, we need to work on that, but up to the point where the dogs are being killed, obviously these dogs can be treated much better in terms of animal welfare.

CRAIG SKEHAN: Now anti-dog-smuggling groups are pushing for a high-level regional conference to tackle the issue. Thai raids are gaining momentum. And, as the country between the supplier and consumers, Laos is geographically well placed to act. Slowly changing cultural attitudes towards dogs in Vietnam could, over time, reduce demand. However, many Vietnamese owners of pet dogs continue eat the meat of other dogs. And while there is still a ready market, dog smugglers in Thailand will look for new ways to ply their trade.

For further information and to learn how to help stop the illegal dog trade in Thailand visit the Soi Dog Foundation’s site: http://www.soidog.org/en/dogmeat/

117 comments on this story
by tom

It is a big money maker for the Thai authorities

May 20, 2013 @ 9:43pm
by Ian Hanton

In what way is this different to the export, trade and slaughter of cows, sheep, pigs et al?

Are dogs somehow more worthy?

Until people accept that killing animals for food, clothing, experiments, sport et al is abhorrent we will remain an uncivilised species.

What is the value of humanity if it extends only to some but not all life?

May 21, 2013 @ 6:08am
by Erick Solares

We need to stop this!!!

May 21, 2013 @ 12:57pm
by STAR

this is sick ! those people deserve the hell they will be in. eating animals & dogs is so wrong !!!

May 21, 2013 @ 3:02pm
by ......

STOP THIS! :(

May 21, 2013 @ 4:07pm
by chris

Well said Ian Hanton. unfortunately the "species barrier" is so so real

May 21, 2013 @ 4:29pm
by xrisoula

STOP THIS CRIME!!!!

May 21, 2013 @ 9:04pm
by Animal Farm

Why is this a STORY? Millions of chickens are 'culled'. Cattle slaughtered. Humans killed.
Oh! it was about dogs?

May 21, 2013 @ 9:20pm
by Diffadel

they come could and clean out em dogs around my soi . I need to sleep and walk out of home peacefully.

May 21, 2013 @ 9:29pm
by kristie tyson

@Ian Hanton
I have never witnessed livestock smashed into metal cages w/their bodies stacked on top of one another and made to live in deplorable conditions. Sorry but U.S. farmers do NOT treat their livestock this way!

May 21, 2013 @ 11:16pm
by Pawena Toon

Dog's life may not be "More worthy" if you want to say as a carnivore animal as we humans are, but the cruelty handling of these lives before it gets slaughter and even the slaughtering process is horrendous! Do you know that even chicken, pigs, cows and other kinds of "common meat" that people consumes has a guidance that needs to be followed by law which is the most adequate and humanely process. Ex. The procedures of handling and slaughtering livestock includes
"At the time of slaughter, animals should be healthy and physiologically normal. Slaughter animals should be adequately rested. They should be rested, preferably overnight, particularly if they have travelled for some times over long distances. "
But these dogs, some got stolen from their loving masters, most of them got snatched from the street...didn't get such handling, on the contrary, they get treated in the most horrendously cruel way!!! Starting from shoving at least 5-10 of them into a very tiny cage that made from steel rod which most of the times break their bones, cut their legs and even kill them during the smuggling transportation.
and many other reasons that dog isn't supposed to be "Food"...Hygienic reasons, diseases these dogs might be carrying on them as these meats won't get any Random Sampling on diseases it may has...Or have you ever heard of such "Dog meat sampling" in the world food market?

May 22, 2013 @ 1:08am
by maureen crane

the whole world needs to see this, I understand that we all have different cultures, however, when did we stop being human

May 22, 2013 @ 1:10am
by Amy Kraft

@kristie tyson
HELL YES U.S. FARMERS DO TREAT ALL THEIR ANIMALS LIKE THIS!
Open your eyes - you've been brainwashed. Watch Earthlings - I dare you!

May 22, 2013 @ 2:02am
by DANIEL MCDOW

I will fly there to stop this !

May 22, 2013 @ 2:02am
by MAUREEN CASSELRING

Why are they eating dogs? I don't get it. Is there nothing else to eat ? Is poverty an issue? I hope it stops. Monsanto needs to move to Asia, everyone's so fucking dog eating crazy.

May 22, 2013 @ 2:06am
by LuzMaria Gomez-G

All animals are equal, we must be honest and realize that if you consume ANY type of living being you are part of such brutalities, a caw, a pig, a chicken, a horse, a dog, a fish, a cat... they all are sentient beings. Make the connection! GO VEGAN.

May 22, 2013 @ 2:29am
by familyman

To a lot of us dogs are members of our familys.

May 22, 2013 @ 3:07am
by Kel

Thit Cay it is called in the South. I have been to Vietnam a half a dozen times and regularly travel to the countryside about 70 ks North of Saigon on account of my brother in law's Vietnamese girlfriend and the house they have built.

I have had pet dogs over the years and still have the odd tear when I think of them but oddly seeing all the Thit Cay signs on local eateries doesn't worry me.

Mind you slaughtering animals in sight of those to follow is totally perverse. They are sentient beings and they should be afforded some dignity.

May 22, 2013 @ 3:08am
by gianquinto synthia

stop !!!

May 22, 2013 @ 8:52am
by Daneall Lowe

Excuse me can Kristie Americans are worse. Sorry to say, they might not eat dogs but their means of slaughter are deplorable.

May 22, 2013 @ 8:55am
by Kristina

stopt die grausamkeit !!

May 22, 2013 @ 9:00am
by KB

SICK SICK BASTARDS..

May 22, 2013 @ 12:34pm
by Diana

This really made me feel sick.. .I mean for real. This is so sad, I hate reading this, I hate knowing these dogs are being killed for food. My heart hurt, my soul hurts... why are people so cruel...?

May 22, 2013 @ 7:02pm
by Tina R Baker

I think those kinds of ppl should b shot on sight cause if they just do a lil time in jail it ain't gon stop!!! I think if they make it legal to shot on sight it will cjange a lot of their minds!

May 22, 2013 @ 7:06pm
by Ulla Viktorsdotter

nononono THIS IS NOT OK!!!
This needs to END NOW!!!

May 22, 2013 @ 7:06pm
by corinne mitchell

We humans are deplorable.......I fail to understand how someone can treat animals in such a hideously cruel way.......I just want to HATE them for it......but it's their total lack of respect for other species and yet they would expect others to respect them.........if only it was the cruel humans in those crates - it's no more than they deserve. To sell to North Korea - despicable.

May 22, 2013 @ 7:07pm
by dawn evans

It is the cruelty that is an issue - to kill any animal in such a way is deplorable

May 22, 2013 @ 7:13pm
by hanne stajner

STOP YOUR BARBARIC CUSTOM NOW; THAILAND

May 22, 2013 @ 7:16pm
by Ole Hansen

STOP

May 22, 2013 @ 7:17pm
by BETSY TAN COWPER

WHATEVER COUNTRY ONE COMES FROM , HURTING ANIMALS IS A NO NO !!! Y DON'T THEY JUST EAT THEIR PARENTS N CHILDREN ......FUCKING MORONS

May 22, 2013 @ 7:25pm
by Colin Carr

Truly horrifying. We don't need horror films in the world when men are such beasts themselves.
Laos, Thailand and North Vietnam especially should hang their heads in shame.

May 22, 2013 @ 7:27pm
by Annie Vincent

This is insanity committed by human beings. These humans monsters should be eradicated from this Earth. They are a cancerous tumour on this Planet and should be dealt with accordingly. When will good men take a stand and shout out so loud that enough is enough!! A world wide movement should be immediately formed by the good men of the world to voice their outrage toward the monsters of their gender, and how these 'accepted male monster behaviours' must come to an end. The male monsters within our society have always and continue to give our good and decent men a BAD name. This must come to an end!!

May 22, 2013 @ 7:32pm
by jeanette savill

please please stop think these are animals living breathing how people live with them selves after doing this evil act is beyond me

May 22, 2013 @ 7:33pm
by Susan Bryant

So sad :(

May 22, 2013 @ 7:40pm
by k pet

please stop this its disgusting and crule :(

May 22, 2013 @ 7:46pm
by Becky

@Daneall Lowe..You are so right. It is a crying shame how animals are killed in the slaughter houses right here in American. I, for one, choose not to eat meat for this very reason. The thought that dogs are being treated the way I saw in this video actually brings tears to my eyes. I pray they can put a stop to it but I doubt they will. There are some real heartless people in this world.

May 22, 2013 @ 7:48pm
by Clare Mann

It is enormously distressing for people to witness with their eyes what these animals experience with their bodies. It is indefensible and horrifically cruel to do this to any living creature - but the only thing for evil to prevail is for a few good people to sit around and do nothing I am doing my part - ask yourself 'What can I do today to make this stop and for people to act more consciously?'

May 22, 2013 @ 7:50pm
by sue doy

this is sick, they need to be stopped.....

May 22, 2013 @ 7:57pm
by Becky

@Danealll Lowe..You are so right. I, for one, choose not to eat meat & this video is breaking my heart. I have seen what goes on in the slaughter houses here in America and we are no better. It is so sad to realize the pain these animals endure just to put meat on the table. I am sad for these dogs and I pray that this can be stopped but I have doubts that it will. It's just to sad. There are some heartless people in this world.

May 22, 2013 @ 7:58pm
by Paula Spier

TOTALLY SICKENING , TOTALLY WICKED , TOTALY BARBARIC, THIS IS 2013, NOT THE STONE AGES
THIS MUST STOP, A HUGE SPAYING AND NEUTERING PLAN NEEDS TO BE PUT INTO OPPERATIPON SO THARE ARE NOT THE DOGS TO STEAL , OR DOGS ROAMING THE STREETS TO BE PICKED UP BY THIS HORRIFIC TRADE .

May 22, 2013 @ 8:18pm
by Kelly

No animal should have to go through this or even die, it makes me sick

May 22, 2013 @ 8:19pm
by BA

Was sind das für Menschen?Stopt diese grausamkeit .Wie können Menschen nur so sein und den Tieren so etwas antuen .Hier für gibt es keine Entschuligung ich hoffe das Gott soviel Schande und Brutalität und das morden an wehrlosen Tieren bestraft !!Ich glaube an einen Richter und vor dem muss man sich verantworten!!

May 22, 2013 @ 8:28pm
by Peter Michael von Kohl

BOYCOTT those areas!!!

May 22, 2013 @ 8:36pm
by k proctor

Omfg!!! ~THe dirty bastards!!!!!! This needs to stop right now _ the barbaric bastards!!! Do the same to them!!!!!

May 22, 2013 @ 8:37pm
by Roz

Criminality and torture of animals in these asin countries needs to stop now ...the world is watching ...the punishment will hit they're tourism and trade ....we wil advocate boycotting until laws are passed and adhered to ....this is outrageous ....

May 22, 2013 @ 8:47pm
by Roanne Dsouza

what the fuck is happening in our world today... these people just eat about everything....all over the world animals are killed either for fur, human consumption and are tortured in the process..... and now dogs.... this is really sad and countries such as China (for the grusome fur trade), Vietnam, US (for slaughtering animals inhumanely and killing horses and lions for consumption), France (for duck liver), Canada for seal slaughter and a lot more other countries .... SHAME ON YOULL..... just cause animals cannot defend themselves youll torture them.... I wish the worse death for such people.....

May 22, 2013 @ 9:14pm
by Rita

Finally stops with this cruelty .. Dogs are living beings with a heart and a soul .. and have a right to a dignified life .. as each animal!

May 22, 2013 @ 9:24pm
by Riva

I could not finish watching this.....it is just to horrible to watch. How can people do this? How can we stop this?

May 22, 2013 @ 9:46pm
by Sonja_tramboo

Everything should be done to stop it

May 22, 2013 @ 10:18pm
by Jose Mabbutt

Do you think all the dogs going missing in the UK are ending up there

May 22, 2013 @ 10:46pm
by naomi

If we need to eat animals at least we can afford them the dignity to live and die in a respectful fashion. Basically we need to cull humans. Humans are at plague proportions.

May 22, 2013 @ 10:49pm
by pawanthanaporn

Please stop it ;(

May 22, 2013 @ 10:53pm
by Jeanna Pryndik

Evil only lives if we let it. We need to back the Soi foundation and stop this deplorable cruel treatment of our animals. How people can have so much cruelty inside them is very disturbing. I have become vegetarian since I have learned about the dog trade because how can I back this if I condone the slaughter of any animal. God Bless these dogs and let good prevail. Keep up the good work all you wonderful people that are trying to make a difference.

May 22, 2013 @ 10:54pm
by Stephanie

I am horrified to see the way these poor animals are treated....this needs to stop now!!

May 22, 2013 @ 10:55pm
by Jan

ughhh seriously omg, Mahatma Gandhi, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

went to almost southeast country they are really really sadists, they eat their own PETS !!! what a garbage place.

Every country has its own mis treatent or cruelty but south east asia !!! just HELLISH !!!

May 22, 2013 @ 11:00pm
by wtf2013

Comparison to other animals and countries is irrelevant here... many of us interested in this story also campaign for better treatment of animals across the world in any case... however this has nothing to do with the particular cruelty we are talking about which has to be stamped out... dogs have been specifically bred over thousands of years to be companions... their behaviours have been honed to be responsive and crave human contact... it may be acceptable to eat dog meat but it it not acceptable to transport such an animal to its death in this way...

May 22, 2013 @ 11:28pm
by Theresa L. Meyer

How awful. This needs to stop immediately. It is absolutely barbaric!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 22, 2013 @ 11:49pm
by Steve Boyd

@ Ian Hanton and LuzMaria Gomez-G. You, are both fully deluded. Living organisms are not all equal with regard to their abilities to experience pain and are even less equal in their responses. Applying any human emotional response to an animal is wrong and although some may be similar, they are not the same. We have all evolved appropriate emotional responses and these are not even consistent within species. I am not condoning the maltreatment of animals, but to say that they are equal is ridiculous. If you take into account the massive numbers of insects produced at one time and the vast predation upon them, and you consider the social insect and its dis-regard for its own life over that of the colony, it should be impossible to reach the conclusion that all animals are equal. The abhorrent treatment of animals in the above pictures and in the meat industry in general should be strong enough on its own to inspire people with genuine concern to change it. You only undermine the argument when you try to inspire change through well meant, but sadly misguided statements.

As such, with regard to your insistence of veganism, a look at the dental structure of humans, and the layout of our digestive system, when compared with other species, inclusive of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, will show you that we are indeed the later. Proving meat, for a long time, has been a part of our diet and should remain to be such. A better insistence on your part is for all the omnivores among us that can see animal abuse as an immoral activity as it is, without being distracted by the 'animals are equal' falsehood, to take responsibility for the meat that they eat.

We should be striving for better animal rights laws and cleaner practices in the meat industry. Ideally this should be across the globe but for anyone reading this I urge you to start in you own back yard. Literally if you can source local meat from independent sources. Failing that, by writing to your congressman or local representative and by working to gain local support for a cause that is just. When we have successfully changed the maltreatment of animals in out home countries then our efforts should be put to effect to countries outwith out boarders.

May 22, 2013 @ 11:54pm
by jayganesh

I think this fucking people must eat their own human meat...stupid people cruel
to this wonderful animals...

May 23, 2013 @ 12:21am
by Dina

it is so terrible. Please do anything what is possible to stop this torture!

May 23, 2013 @ 12:44am
by sedna

In the U.S. there are shows for all kinds of livestock. Just because someone "shows" their dog, does not mean they will be treated any better than we treat our livestock (which is, sadly, just as horrendous as this).

May 23, 2013 @ 12:53am
by mark osborne

Dogs were domesticated in the first place to work alongside man and not to betray their trust and loyalty by eating them. This trade is just corrupt and driven by money...we need to give back these dogs rights just like the rights pets they have in these countries.

May 23, 2013 @ 1:09am
by Winda

OMG..This is too too sad!!! please stop now!! Heartbreaking...!!!

May 23, 2013 @ 1:10am
by sue palmer

I would never ever put these so called specimens that some would refer to as human, as they have no brain capacity for the cruelty they inflict on these animals, God knows what they do to humans.. Everybody that thinks of going on holiday to Vietnam would make a difference by not going there in protest..

May 23, 2013 @ 1:17am
by yui

and while this is still going on, how many of you actually have done anything to make the situation better except sitting your asses in front of the computer and whine about it? Dont just get mad, and try to get all witty, do a thing or two about it please.

May 23, 2013 @ 1:20am
by Sandra Schmied

This is barbaric. And the audacity of stealing companion animals from owners. Sick bastards and this needs to stamped out asap!!

May 23, 2013 @ 1:24am
by Kathy Crawford

I am a dog rescuer and this makes me too angry for words

May 23, 2013 @ 1:32am
by marina

I am horrified to see the way these poor animals are treated....this needs to stop now!!

May 23, 2013 @ 1:37am
by Deirdre Weber

Why have the smugglers NOT been punished???? $3000 fine and jailtime would seriously stop a lot of the smugglers because they could not afford the money and time...but until the Government steps in and stops having their palms "crossed" with bribes, this will never stop...border security and parliamentarians and all up the chain, there would be bribery and to the SE Asian people, money is more important than life itself, so to them a dog is nothing...it barbaric and horrifying and I donate to the Magic 1000 Soi Foundation to help save the dogs rescued from the smugglers, but until the people in Thailand and Vietnam step in who can control this, it will continue...I hope all the locals and people who eat dog meat get rabies and die!!!

May 23, 2013 @ 1:58am
by SUSIE T

Some countries made me so upset. It is so upsetting for every day people to see and hear about these stories. I gasp when I see a house dog stuck in a small gated area, let alone the sick behavior that goes on in these other countries.

What can we all possibly do, while China, Thailand, Korea, (all the "enlightened" countries) are hungry for dogs and cats. Not only are the hungry for those animals, they feel they nee to store and torture them first... just because they feel like it. How can we help stop this? I know people will always want to eat meat, but if your going to eat a living animal, have the respect to show appreciation to it by a quick kill, not a torture filled existence.

ALSO - BEATING THE ANIMALS FIRST WILL NOT MAKE THEM TASTE BETTER. This is another dumb idea that these countries have such as eating shark fin soup because it's sooooo good (which tastes like nothing).

May 23, 2013 @ 2:30am
by sharon roworth baggley

Unbelievable cruelty. Culture has no excuse for this

May 23, 2013 @ 2:42am
by m noel

This evil practice must be stopped, ppl do not need to eat dogs. The suffering of these poor dogs is horrendous and please please someone stop it now

May 23, 2013 @ 2:53am
by alison

Those pictures are horrifying!!

May 23, 2013 @ 4:18am
by helga mohring

this is sick and beyond words!! when will something be done about this!!!!!

May 23, 2013 @ 4:20am
by Sally

I too am horrified to see the way these poor animals are treated….this needs to stop now!! What can be done? How can we help?

May 23, 2013 @ 4:21am
by sorcha

Tear's streaming down my face as i watched this!! its horrible, so so cruel !!!

May 23, 2013 @ 4:28am
by Sharona

My dog is with me now. I love her so much it hurts. How can it be 'acceptable' to kill dogs just like mine? It just isn't acceptable on any level what so ever. Its pure hell and must stop now. No other time, no other excuse. Its barbaric treating any animal like this. It is pure evil.

May 23, 2013 @ 4:46am
by Joanna Wills

Astonishingly Sad

May 23, 2013 @ 5:30am
by Darla

I say lets round these people up and use them in dog food ! Flipping heartless morons !

May 23, 2013 @ 5:42am
by Nicola

Dear God and these people are humans...would they put their kids in there?.......maybe........... they just don't get it

May 23, 2013 @ 6:23am
by ANNETTE

I AM SO ANGRY,WE AS HUMANS NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.THESE ARE SAVAGES EATING PETS!!!!THEY ARE A DISGRACE TO THE HUMAN RACE AND SORRY TO SAY,I WISH I HAD THE POWER TO PUSH THE BUTTON.CHINA KOREA AND MOST OF THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WOULD BE ON MY LIST.THESE SO CALLED PEOPLE ARE SUB-HUMAN.SOULESS FREAKS!!!!

May 23, 2013 @ 7:09am
by N jones

Any petition??

May 23, 2013 @ 7:13am
by pinkrose

stop killing Dogs & Cats u dickheads !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 23, 2013 @ 7:37am
by pinkrose

Thailand Vietnan sux shit the killers that they are , you are very bad people.

May 23, 2013 @ 7:51am
by Dee Dee

why such cruelty to these animals what do they call a pet? To educate the youth to show them this is not acceptable any more and they need to campaign to change this..other wise it will continue for many more years.. these people need to change but hard for other countries to put their values on these countries and try to stop it ..It really has to begin with their people and it may lie in their youth!!

May 23, 2013 @ 9:52am
by Peggy Jackson

This is just disgusting. Those smugglers should be shot on sight. I can't believe in this day and age people still do that. Thank God I have no interest in visiting that country and hope no one else does.

May 23, 2013 @ 1:35pm
by VINCENT Léopold

Hello, it's disgusting what the Vietnamese do to these dogs. Now they even create farms in Vietnam more and more, they don't hesitate to kill people, I mean dogs owners to steal their dogs. Vietnam is the first country in the world the most cruel to animals, I see it almost everyday, dogs cats squirrels birds lizards frogs and so on ...
When I tell some people that use to eat dog meat, that someone is very sad or killed when smugglers steal their dog just to satisfy their stomach .. they laugh and find that funny and they really don't care about abused dogs and sad or killed dogs owners.
My website www.vietnamanimalscruelty.com

May 23, 2013 @ 1:54pm
by PJ

I saw several dogs in those cages that we would be paying good money for in the USA....most looked like young dogs too...so sad...R.I.P. to those dogs. This is sickening...just sickening.

May 23, 2013 @ 2:39pm
by VINCENT Léopold

Eating dog meat in Vietnam is not a tradition, I asked many times if someone is able to prove it by showing me books (history or cooking), so far nothing. They try to find other excuses because of tourism, many foreigners complain about what they see during their journey in Vietnam.
And I don't understand why police officers and the government do nothing to stop it ??? by closing dog meat restaurant and make a campaign of sensitization ???
And it's very strange for 84% of Buddhists in Vietnam, it's only profit, money nothing more.
We must find a way to sterilize stray dogs and vaccinate them with a substance that make dog meat eaters very sick. Dogs (from Thailand) cross the Vietnamese border without any sanitary control and even dead dogs (dogs that die during the journey) are sell for consumption anyway, dog meat eaters are sometime sick due to rabies and cholera but they still eat dog meat. And many dogs owners eat dog meat ass well. And how many dogs are stolen each year in Vietnam for consumption BEURK that makes me sick !!!

May 23, 2013 @ 4:28pm
by simone carlos

Omg . This is horrible. But don't blame the poor locals. They are trying to survive. Give them other avenues of providing for their families and educate them on how inhumaine it is to do this to man's best friend .EDucate them on how intelligent man's best friend is and how they are so scared and aware of what is their fate after witnessing their mates being slaughtered in front of them. Encourage and educate to change. Look st re cycling , saving water, racism and global warming. 4 examples of educated choices.

May 23, 2013 @ 8:00pm
by notodogmeat

Please join our global movement
www.notodogmeat.com

May 23, 2013 @ 8:57pm
by Peter

Dogs are eaten mostly in the north and it is not a tradition. It is a result of starvation during the American War when people eat anything to survive . Thats why you don't see birds in Nth Vietnam.
It is not widespread. Only in certain parts of HaNoi can you eat dog

May 25, 2013 @ 9:36am
by udi

While this is horrible and makes my gut churn, I can't help thinking about how we deal with the animals we do eat. When I was a road worker at night, we would see Semis with trailers loaded up with thousands of chickens speeding past on the way to slaughter. They are stuffed in open crates similar to bread crates, in trucks that are speeding along the highway. Often temperatures are low and the birds have no protection against the cold.

Once, at a service station I asked one of the drivers if any chickens died and whether it wouldn't be better to transport them during the day. He told me that on a cold night, hundreds would die in a single trip but that they were just processed anyway. He said that the night was better because there was less traffic and that the smell during the day, causes complaints. He said "we wouldn't want to put people off their food". The driver was just being honest but it took me a few weeks before i would eat chicken again. In our house we only eat free range chicken because we don't like the idea of causing more suffering than necessary but the truck driver I spoke to was driving birds from the company that we buy from. I haven't become a vegetarian but i've had to compartmentalise certain memories so that I can continue to eat the meat I like. This is only one aspect of the meat industry and I know there are many others that would be equally disturbing that I just prefer not to think about.

I find what is described in this article disturbing and disgusting and i signed the above petition but I can't help feeling hypocritical. I probably won't eat any meat for a few days now, but in a week things will be back to normal. Maybe we need to extend our feelings of revulsion to our own practices and act where we might actually make a difference.

May 25, 2013 @ 12:12pm
by Steve Bowden

Pretty disturbing. Hard to criticise the Vietnamese (Hanoi -ese?) for eating dog meat, that is their prerogative. Indeed there are plenty of reports of Koreans and Swiss likewise eating dog. However the treatment of the animals in this clip is unforgivable.

I'm curious if dog meat consumption is rising? During a holiday in Vietnam several years back, one of our Hanoi-born guides mentioned his father and mother ate dog regularly, although only at a particular time of the year (Moon Festival?) I think he said that it was a declining tradition, in that younger Hanoi folk were more exposed to Western views and so choose not to eat dog. 1 million dogs a year is a lot though, in a population of 6.5 million (Hanoi and districts).

I wonder if it would be more humane for the Hanoi folk to commercially farm their own dogs... at the figures quoted in the story, you'd think this would be economically feasible, with far greater control over the dogs' treatment.

I only say this because if the demand for dog meat exists, that demand will be met, legally or otherwise.

No easy answer.

May 25, 2013 @ 4:11pm
by Shane White

Here is another example of animal cruelty - factory farming in Australia: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/factsheets/ (esp the Broiler chicken factsheet).

Animal cruelty is the means by which those employed in animal farming exploit animals to maximise their profits. Animal cruelty is the means by which citizens obtain a quick and healthy to prepare meal. Animal cruelty feeds today's factory fuelled life. The System to which we're all plugged into depends on animal cruelty to function at its manic rate.

Detachment from framing practices that is now the modern life of a city dweller is the wool that has been pulled over their eyes.

What have we created?

Hell.

Our time is coming rapidly. This is documented in many places and notably in the World Bank's Turn Down the Heat report and also presented in this vide of Kevin Anderson during his Cabot lecture last year: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/events/2012/194.html

As ye reap so shall ye sow. The sooner the better in my opinion.

May 25, 2013 @ 11:22pm
by Julie Pixie W Avery

I find all animal abuse disgusting but it isnt the fact that people eat meat that horrifies me but the way in which animals are treated while they are alive both abroad and in the Uk and in the way that they are killed, most are not slaughtered in a humane way and end up being crushed or boiled alive (including our pigs in the Uk) I do everything i can 2 contribute in getting these hideous crimes stopped and needless 2 say.........that i am also a vegetarian.

May 26, 2013 @ 5:14am
by Craig Skehan

Craig Skehan: Re Peter's comment, there are restaurants serving dog meat all over Hanoi, not just certain parts. The estimate of the number of dogs eaten in Hanoi and northern Vietnam range upwards from one million a year. For the whole country it could be closer to two million dogs consumed per year. And there is a tradition of eating dog meat that goes back long before the so-called 'American War'.

May 26, 2013 @ 1:32pm
by Ines

Ich kann hier nicht ausdrücken, wieviel Abscheu ich empfinde !!

May 27, 2013 @ 2:07am
by Ron Barnes

Dam Cruel the way these Dogs are treated all round.

May 27, 2013 @ 1:51pm
by chris blue

What sort of mentality is that , ' killing them slowing so the meat will be tender ', the meat industry in NZ spent millions in finding a way to try and keep the meat tender, eventually using a high dose of electricity to tenderise it, ( and also to stun the animal so it doesn't feel any pain while being slaughtered ), getting the adrenalin flowing has the opposite effect on meat. But the way I see many farmers in VN treating their other livestock, this comes as no surprise.
I'd like to see all the buyers/sellers locked up in the same sort of cages and get the same treatment.

May 28, 2013 @ 2:39pm
by sasha black

As a vegetarian, I would not eat any animal, people should read JS Foer ' Eating animals' as a dog owner I am sad, plus no way is Vietnam going to get my tourist dollar

May 28, 2013 @ 2:42pm
by Ella

This is truly a horrendous practice much like the live cattle export cruelty that put the heat on Indonesia. I put it to you though that the true problem is lack of action regarding the millions of stray dogs in Thailand. There is a very 'lax view taken on dog serialisation/tagging and no responsibility taken by anyone for these dogs be it citizens or the gov (most care falls to the duty of temples). There are no government-owned pounds or RSPCA services on the scale of those found in Australia that can house these dogs or find them suitable homes. The work of the soi dog foundation is admirable but the organisation is struggling to keep up with the intake of these dogs. To help the situation don't go so far as boycotting these great countries who are ignorant on the issue- do something productive join a campaign to bring awareness to the Thai people or even better, fly to Thailand and adopt a soi dog (the foundation will provide all vaccinations and sterilisation for export).

June 2, 2013 @ 3:02pm
by Bobi

My heart can't handle this knowledge and I wish I knew how I could do more to put a stop to this. Please don't let this happen anymore. I can't stress how heavy my heart is over this!

June 4, 2013 @ 7:36am
by Virginia Paxton

Being an animal lover and a dog owner I'm sitting here with tears running down my face at the sheer horror of dogs being smuggled, slaughtered and eaten by people that need to sterilize the poor animal not eat it. This is enough to make ones skin crawl at the thought of man eating his best friend.

June 4, 2013 @ 9:56am
by Vinny N

These people deserve to be shoved into cages, piled upon each other just like the dogs in the photos . They do not deserve the rights of human beings , to be so sick and cruel to an animal particularly accepted as "family members " in this country and many others. They don't deserve to live , these are heinous acts .. These people should suffer in front of there people until they understand how wrong it truly is . Ive never been so disgusted in my life

June 4, 2013 @ 3:22pm
by mike

I will not support a country, a culture, or a people that eat dog meat. Vietnam is a jungle and plants grow easily in this climate. They have no right, to take the life of another being intelligent being for pleasure. That way of thinking is the same as a serial killer.

June 5, 2013 @ 5:06am
by linjellet

A dog lover I am, yet humans in every country cultivate all types of animals for human consumption - I am sure humans have tasted probably everything they can get their hands on! What I object to is the collecting and slaughtering process - obsolutely no real concern for a stress-less and pain free death - regardless what country the slaughtering takes place - in western society we like to THINK we covered this but we have not. When will man every STOP THE KILLING??

June 6, 2013 @ 9:14am
by Ulrike Schuermann

We can't really get onto the high horse about eating dogs - smuggling okay, it's illegal, but selling dogs for food seems to me on the same par to our over consumption of dogs and other pets and the thousands of dogs that are euthanized each and every year here in Australia and in other parts of the Western world.

June 6, 2013 @ 6:16pm
by Allen Goh

I did not think that in Buddhist Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and some Vietnamese are Roman Catholic they could treat animals in such a way. I thought that Reverence for All life was a Buddhist concept. What about the belief in reIncarnation in Buddhism. Karma....you can see it taking place there !

June 28, 2013 @ 9:35pm
by Kriesel

Please stopt the killing!!!

July 16, 2013 @ 7:57pm
by Rusch

Sorry but what is the differences between dogs and pigs and cows ? all of them are animals .and pigs are even smarter than dogs. so who makes the dessition which animal have more rights to live?Think about it before you judge someone else .Are you better than them ? did you care about the feeligs of your food?

July 17, 2013 @ 5:25pm
by barry Noon

These people who eat dogs would also eat small children.

July 20, 2013 @ 9:01am
by observer

Pigs and cows cannot protect you, help you hunt, herd other animals, or retrieve game; Yes, I care about the feelings of my food. Dogs are too useful to be used as food.

August 5, 2013 @ 2:34pm
by Sashin

Those cows!

August 19, 2013 @ 12:27pm
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by Michelle

People who are cruel to animals should suffer the same pain they inflict. Hopefully there is a hell so these people can get what is coming to them. Animals are friends not food you monsters!

October 17, 2013 @ 9:57am
by kevin Gagnier

How about the cows folks? Why not look at things from God's perspective. HE is pained when any of His children - all forms of life are abused

October 18, 2013 @ 11:30am
by Sevastian

Typical western BS.
Wesyterners show so much compassion for certain animals, but no regard for anything when they bomb a city turning every living thing into dust and whole countries back into the stone age.
Where do these ugly people come from?
Why is it ugly people get fixated on the welfare of one particular animal, but they will not say good morning to a neighbour or show any concern for starving mutilated children.
Hitler loved his dogs, but hated every other living thing.
If dogs were the main problem in Asia, and, everything else was fixed, we could talk about it.
We need a medicine for these sick people.

December 17, 2013 @ 7:18am
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