I have been working of transportation in SE Asia by country and kinda took a short break during the holiday season, plus after working on this for over a month BURNED OUT. I have a lovely Thai friend that is always posting about dog abuse in Thailand. She is such a lovely beautiful women always a shock for me to see her photos she post. I told her I would write about his for her. Now I think we might do a series. I will reblog some post I see see to give a broad range of prospective. I will be upfront and say that for example eating dog meat is not much different in my opinion than any other meat and I think hungry people or kids are more important to me. I am sure will receive comments about this. I am an american and 2 of our most famous men in our early history Lewis and Clark and their crew of 23 men all ate dog crossing the frontier. All except 1 enjoyed it. I do think its inhumane to treat animals cruel. I have read here in Thailand that a captured dog meant to be sold to Vietnam for meat is mistreated thinking that it will make the meat taste better. That is wrong! I grew up in the country and raised beef to show, sold and then eaten. We have horses. My dad was against hunting for just the sport of killing but was certainly ok with eating what you killed.
We will start with dogs and later post cover elephants, zoos etc. I will use several sources and will list their links and give them credit for their words and photos. I will try and not use many SHOCK photos but will use a few to tell the story because that is the reality.
BELIEF: THE MORE THE ANIMAL SUFFERS, THE BETTER THE MEAT TASTESTheir pain only gets worse when each dog or cat is dragged from it’s cage and beaten. This may be to tenderise the meat, or to beat the animal in to submission.
There is a sickening and baseless belief held that the more terrified and tortured an animal is before death, the better the meat will taste due to the adrenaline released in to the body.
Below: This dog was rescued from the dog meat trade, after having been treated appallingly, causing gashes that expose the bone in its legs.
Source: Soi Dog Foundation
SKINNED ALIVE / BOILED ALIVE / BAKED ALIVE AND OTHER METHODS OF KILLINGWhile still alive and fully conscious, and in excruciating pain from being bludgeoned, the terrified cat or dog can be skinned alive, just like they are in the Fur Industry.
Cats and dogs can survive through this unimaginably agonising process, only to be forced in to a vat of boiling water and put through the agony of then being boiled alive. Some are cooked alive without skinning.
Cats and dogs can also be forced in to large ovens, which they cannot escape from, and are slowly baked to death inside them.
Other methods of killing the cats and dogs include strangling them or electrocuting them. Whatever method is used, you can be sure it will be a terrifying and agonising death for these companion animals.
The above photos are terrible and inhumane but that is the reality of what is going on and I cant imagine a person thinking it is right! The other portion of this is the huge amount of money made in the trade. from Time Magazine In addition, the colossal profits at stake make many doubtful that the scheme could ever be a complete success. Each pooch can fetch 5,000 to 7,000 baht ($155-215) and an estimated 5 million dogs are slaughtered annually, making dognapping a significant illicit industry.
text from Motherboard In parts of southeast Asia, most notably Vietnam, dog meat is a traditional food and a delicacy. Eating dog meat in certain areas of southeast Asia is as normalized as eating hamburgers is here. And just as many Americans shrug at reports of mistreatment at slaughterhouses, few dog consumers in southeast Asia will be moved by the argument that eating dog is inhumane or morally wrong. Whereas dogs used to often be eaten for reasons of poverty, increasingly dog meat has become a delicacy, and often consumed for its perceived medicinal properties. However, there is a growing body of evidence highlighting the significant risk the trade, slaughter and consumption of dogs pose to human health. For example, the trade in dogs for meat has been linked to outbreaks of trichinellosis, cholera and rabies, and slaughtering, butchering, and even consuming dogs increases people’s exposure to these diseases.
where do the dogs come from and transportation
Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos aims to halt the trafficking of dogs for meat. Most of the victims are well-groomed pets stolen in Thailand that are forced into abhorrently cramped cages and shipped over the Mekong River to Laos, and eventually to dinner tables in Vietnam. “Stray dogs are far too difficult to catch, even with hi-tech equipment,” John Dalley, founder of Phuket-based charity Soi Dog , tells TIME. “The vast majority of intercepted dogs we see are actually stolen pets — most have collars on and are very tame and friendly.”
more of the story Rabies
This trade comes at a significant cost to humans as well as dogs: the unregulated nature of dog trafficking often allows rabies to flourish among the canines, who eventually pass it on to those who eat or otherwise come in contact with them. But the spread of disease rather than organized crime or animal cruelty lies behind the new initiative. Vietnam has one of Asia’s worst rabies problems and dogs are the principle cause — one recent epidemic in a Hanoi suburb saw 117 people, including young children, bitten by rabid animals. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations aims for all member states to be rabies-free by 2020, a target that dog traffickers are putting at peril. “While stopping the dog meat trade will not in itself eliminate rabies, it certainly will never be eliminated while it’s going on,”
Rabies is a viral disease spread from animals (usually dogs) to humans, which is nearly always fatal. It represents a serious public health and animal welfare problem around the world, but is most commonly found in Asia, where an estimated 39,000 people die of rabies every year.
With rabies remaining endemic in most countries in the region, many of the dogs traded for human consumption are likely to be infected with the disease. The national and international transportation of dogs used for human consumption means that infections are easily spread. Even in places such as Thailand where dog meat is rarely consumed, the demand for the meat in neighbouring countries provides an economic incentive for traders to transport dogs between provinces. In this way, the unregulated movement of dogs is likely to impede local efforts to eliminate rabies.
The presence of the rabies virus in dogs destined for human consumption has been revealed in studies carried out in slaughterhouses and markets within China, Vietnam and Indonesia; and the risk posed by the dog meat industry to human health is similarly reflected by the reported transmission of rabies to those involved in dog slaughter, butchery and consumption in the Philippines, China and Vietnam.
However, this information isn’t new – throughout Asia where the trade in dogs for meat occurs, it fails to comply with national animal disease prevention measures, and is in breach of rabies control and elimination recommendations by key human and animal health advisory organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the dog meat trade has specifically been cited as a contributing factor to recent rabies outbreaks in both China and Indonesia within various studies and by the World Health Organisation.
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