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Pet shops in Chatuchak market to be registered

By The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- Registration of pet shops in Chatuchak Sunday market will soon be a must after a woman who was selling dogs there died recently of rabies, a senior Bangkok Metropolitan Administration veterinarian said yesterday.

Most pets sold are younger than one month old - too young for vaccination by shop owners, thus requiring buyers to get them vaccinated, said Janthra Singchai, who added that most buyers of pets were not aware that vaccination is mandatory for preventing rabies and other diseases.

Tracing of records was underway to seek people who bought dogs from the Take Care Pet Shop, owned by the unnamed woman, who was a Public Health Ministry official and raised her rabies infected Rottweiler for three years.

Janthra said media reports over the woman's death could prompt buyers to get their dogs vaccinated.

Mandatory registration of pet shops and records of pets sold will soon be imposed on pet shops in other Bangkok areas.

Another rule to be soon imposed is that dogs and pets be kept in cages. Now they are often left outside cages and walk around to attract buyers' attention.

An inspection of Chatuchak market will be made today and free vaccination will be provided to pet shops.

The Public Health Ministry said regulations and vaccination would soon be imposed on pet shops outside Bangkok, and provincial public health officials will soon survey and register pet shops in their jurisdiction.

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-- The Nation 2010-02-20

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Tracing of records was underway to seek people who bought dogs from the Take Care Pet Shop, owned by the unnamed woman, who was a Public Health Ministry official and raised her rabies infected Rottweiler for three years.

That's karma for you. Somethings are TOO sad to be funny!!!

I guess there is no SPCA in Thailand?

One of the most hellish things I've ever seen, [of course I've never been to Pattaya] was when I ended up in the Pet section of Chatjak and all those poor animals on display stands, many species that should be in jungles and forests.

If I didn't have my little girl I might have taken some pictures, but I just held her hand and got out of the horror show as quick as possible.

It IS a horrow show and STINKS, too.

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I am glad to see some positve action being taken at JJ. I have been overwhelmingly happy with both dogs that we have bought there. They were from a 'real' shop that was enclosed and airconditioned and have been very happy healthy animals.

I am glad that the story also indicates that pet shops in other areas will have some regulation as well. People that decry ever buying an animal at JJ seem to be unaware that the same puppy farms sell to shops all over!

A simple reminder to anyone buying a pet anywhere in Thailand; Immediately go to a vet you trust and get the animal examined and vaccinations or boosters given!

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These give a rough idea. Just watch them in a suana with some crap on the heater to get a feeling of the real /atmosphere'

the rodents on racks are about 75% through this one>

Over crowding>>>

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I didn't bother looking at all of them .. Just looked at the last one.

Didn't seem so bad at all.

edit --- ok I went through them all. Other than what appears to be a large litter all together in the last video none of it looked that bad.

Welcome to Asia --- just a reminder Asia is not North America or Europe :)

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I didn't bother looking at all of them .. Just looked at the last one.

Didn't seem so bad at all.

edit --- ok I went through them all. Other than what appears to be a large litter all together in the last video none of it looked that bad.

Welcome to Asia --- just a reminder Asia is not North America or Europe :)

Dear JDinasia,

America & Europe have their own set of animal welfare problems, but making comparisons just isn't appropriate here. Animal cruelty, neglect, abuse, overcrowding, ill treatment, lack of healthcare etc should be condemned, not condoned just because parts of Asia are considered developing nations. More animal welfare legislation and education will help, but meanwhile there is no excuse for the neglect, apathy or cruelty that exists at markets like Chatuchak - not to mention the ILLEGAL wildlife trade that you yourself watched in the YouTube video.

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I've seen Tiger cubs and monkeys for sale there.

When I asked the seller of the tiger cubs where they came from she said they lived up country and her village killed the tiger and found the cubs so she came to Bangkok to sell them.

Of course, this was about 15 years ago. Probably aren't many tigers left in the wild so enforcing the law now would be barn door/horse.

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I didn't bother looking at all of them .. Just looked at the last one.

Didn't seem so bad at all.

edit --- ok I went through them all. Other than what appears to be a large litter all together in the last video none of it looked that bad.

Welcome to Asia --- just a reminder Asia is not North America or Europe :)

Dear JDinasia,

America & Europe have their own set of animal welfare problems, but making comparisons just isn't appropriate here. Animal cruelty, neglect, abuse, overcrowding, ill treatment, lack of healthcare etc should be condemned, not condoned just because parts of Asia are considered developing nations. More animal welfare legislation and education will help, but meanwhile there is no excuse for the neglect, apathy or cruelty that exists at markets like Chatuchak - not to mention the ILLEGAL wildlife trade that you yourself watched in the YouTube video.

What ILLEGAL wildlife did you see in that video? Where would that be illegal?

I saw a "rare" turtle (or was it a tortoise?)... well actually I only saw a turtle that is purported to be "rare". It wasn't identified at all. Oh .. then there was the "monkey" .. that we also didn't see.

I didn't see animal cruelty, neglect, abuse, or overcrowding etc etc etc in those videos. I am sure it goes on but it certainly wasn't in those videos. The animals that were identified again vaguely as "young" was about as bad as I saw and apparently the narrator wasn't sure of himself enough to identify the animal or the species or even approximate the ages.

Please do refer back to my first post on this thread :D

And yes --- this is Asia and not Europe or North America (and I am grateful for that!). It isn't fair to compare them in any way.

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Tracing of records was underway to seek people who bought dogs from the Take Care Pet Shop, owned by the unnamed woman, who was a Public Health Ministry official and raised her rabies infected Rottweiler for three years.

That's karma for you. Somethings are TOO sad to be funny!!!

I guess there is no SPCA in Thailand?

One of the most hellish things I've ever seen, [of course I've never been to Pattaya] was when I ended up in the Pet section of Chatjak and all those poor animals on display stands, many species that should be in jungles and forests.

If I didn't have my little girl I might have taken some pictures, but I just held her hand and got out of the horror show as quick as possible.

It IS a horrow show and STINKS, too.

Know how you feel! The Thai SPCA is in Bangkok - and there are a few reputable animal welfare organisations dotted around Thailand, including my favourite SCAD Bangkok. I've been critical of the pet section at Chatuchak Market for years because of the irresponsible attitude of many of the pet sellers there who care not where the puppies come from, to whom they are being sold, how old the pups are when they are taken from their mums, most don't offer puppy-care advice, most don't deworm or vaccinate prior to adoption and, sadly, I've never seen a sign there recommending spaying or neutering when the pup or kitten is old enough! Developing nation or not, there's no reason for any of us to condone this. And now the rabies scare which will undoubtedly have a sad knock-on effect for many ex-chatuchak dogs whose owners may use this as a reason to dump them. (Last time there was a distemper scare, folks confused this with rabies and temples reported high numbers of "dumped dogs" as a result, sigh)

Hopefully the registration process being put in place - sadly not for reasons of improving animal welfare at this market but because of an outbreak of rabies - will be a chance for the authorities to educate and bring awareness to sellers and buyers of the responsibilities of pet ownership. I really do hope so.

I'll continue to urge people not to go there until the vendors can be held accountable for the animals' welfare - and that won't be for a very long time, not until Thailand enacts some animal welfare legislation, currently totally absent.

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I'd simply urge people to be careful with any pet purchase. After all the same puppy farms that supply many of the vendors at JJ also supply many of the more reputable shops around town. I don't think there are many pet stores anywhere in Thailand that care about who they are making a sale to. I don't think there are many that give much advice. I have yet to see one that promotes spay and neuter practices.

Most of the rest of it ... although "nice" ... well that is really about pushing Thailand into the Nanny-State category. If I had to pick something to be that concerned about it wouldn't be animals at JJ.

The clip that ended with the guy crawling along the pavement in JJ would be something that I would consider more important. Strange that people watched those videos and were concerned about things that weren't show and never mentioned the human having to drag himself along to beg money enough to feed himself!

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That guy is all over town. He doesn't have to crawl around to feed himself...he does it to look as pathetic as possible to garner more income. He is one of many beggars in Bangkok, many of which are amputees.

As for the pet section, there are some shop owners that really take care of the pets and others that don't. It's not right to group all the shops and owners together and lay blame. As with anything here in Thailand, proceed with caution.

I bought my dog at JJ and he came with papers, was properly weened and had his first round of shots along with his vaccination record. He's a wonderful and healthy dog and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another from this shop. As others have stated, the same farms supply dogs to JJ shops and other shops around Thailand alike.

Really the best way to buy any dog is to go direct to the breeder. Find a breeder that you feel comfortable with. One that seems to care for the dogs and keeps a clean and humane business. Put a deposit on a pup when it's a newborn and pick up when weened. This is best in any country not just Thailand. Ultimately I would have loved to have done this but I couldn't find one that was close by and spoke English.

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[The clip that ended with the guy crawling along the pavement in JJ would be something that I would consider more important. Strange that people watched those videos and were concerned about things that weren't show and never mentioned the human having to drag himself along to beg money enough to feed himself!

I was wondering where the "sidewalk slider" of Sukumwit fame went, now I know.

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is there anyone here who is living in bkk and visiting chatuchak market sometimes?

I just need an important information, for me and our fellow lodger a 4 y.o. Iguana Iguana male who is desperate looking for a girlfriend :)

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I didn't bother looking at all of them .. Just looked at the last one.

Didn't seem so bad at all.

edit --- ok I went through them all. Other than what appears to be a large litter all together in the last video none of it looked that bad.

Welcome to Asia --- just a reminder Asia is not North America or Europe :)

Dear JDinasia,

America & Europe have their own set of animal welfare problems, but making comparisons just isn't appropriate here. Animal cruelty, neglect, abuse, overcrowding, ill treatment, lack of healthcare etc should be condemned, not condoned just because parts of Asia are considered developing nations. More animal welfare legislation and education will help, but meanwhile there is no excuse for the neglect, apathy or cruelty that exists at markets like Chatuchak - not to mention the ILLEGAL wildlife trade that you yourself watched in the YouTube video.

What ILLEGAL wildlife did you see in that video? Where would that be illegal?

I saw a "rare" turtle (or was it a tortoise?)... well actually I only saw a turtle that is purported to be "rare". It wasn't identified at all. Oh .. then there was the "monkey" .. that we also didn't see.

I didn't see animal cruelty, neglect, abuse, or overcrowding etc etc etc in those videos. I am sure it goes on but it certainly wasn't in those videos. The animals that were identified again vaguely as "young" was about as bad as I saw and apparently the narrator wasn't sure of himself enough to identify the animal or the species or even approximate the ages.

Please do refer back to my first post on this thread :D

And yes --- this is Asia and not Europe or North America (and I am grateful for that!). It isn't fair to compare them in any way.

Our common thread is we're grateful that action is being taken at Chatuchak Pet Section to regulate the sellers, and in time will follow through to other delinquent pet stores. :D Enforcement will be an issue though. Sadly Chatuchak's air-conditioned and enclosed-style shops aren't sufficient to prevent the spread of canine diseases and zoonotic threats such as rabies/worms/scabies, so hopefully any new regulations will make it encumbent upon all commercial breeders and sellers to at least vaccinate age-appropriately and advocate sterilisation, health and welfare to new owners - just like the non-profit rescue organisations do. In Singapore, pet stores are now graded according to their compliance with the regulations (so buyers can see and shop at those who get an A!) and starting soon breeders and pet sellers will have to undergo a course. Thailand isn't Singapore either but a big sad learning curve can be avoided if government acts according to best practices, not local practices.

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I'd simply urge people to be careful with any pet purchase. After all the same puppy farms that supply many of the vendors at JJ also supply many of the more reputable shops around town. I don't think there are many pet stores anywhere in Thailand that care about who they are making a sale to. I don't think there are many that give much advice. I have yet to see one that promotes spay and neuter practices.

Most of the rest of it ... although "nice" ... well that is really about pushing Thailand into the Nanny-State category. If I had to pick something to be that concerned about it wouldn't be animals at JJ.

The clip that ended with the guy crawling along the pavement in JJ would be something that I would consider more important. Strange that people watched those videos and were concerned about things that weren't show and never mentioned the human having to drag himself along to beg money enough to feed himself!

Just because best practices aren't being adopted by many at Chatuchak, doesn't mean they shouldn't be. Why accept an irresponsible attitude that has a detrimental effect on human and animal welfare when there is a proven better way? Animal welfare (i.e. vaccinations, deworming, sterilsation) IS important to human welfare as the human rabies deaths show.

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I bought 2 puppies there that my kids instantly fell in love with. Within 2 weeks they were both dead of distemper. It was sad and very tramatic for the kids. The problem is that they probably were still drinking mothers milk which protected them until we got them then they were vulnerable to whatever they picked up at the market. We were told that they had shots and they gave us some papers that could have been copies. If they were on the mothers milk when they get the shots it doesn't offer much protection as the anti-bodies in the milk interferes with the process. Although I don't believe in the nanny state thing there should be some government involvement to make sure that it is all humane.

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I bought 2 puppies there that my kids instantly fell in love with. Within 2 weeks they were both dead of distemper. It was sad and very tramatic for the kids. The problem is that they probably were still drinking mothers milk which protected them until we got them then they were vulnerable to whatever they picked up at the market. We were told that they had shots and they gave us some papers that could have been copies. If they were on the mothers milk when they get the shots it doesn't offer much protection as the anti-bodies in the milk interferes with the process. Although I don't believe in the nanny state thing there should be some government involvement to make sure that it is all humane.

Sorry that you went through that.

It really is vital to take ANY dog that you buy from ANY source in Thailand to a vet immediately. Even though I bought both dogs from the same vendor and the first was a year old when I bought the second one, I still took her straight to the vet.

The issue you are talking about is a common issue that can be run into at any petshop in Thailand but the vast numbers of pets there in JJ are an issue as well. Unless you want to shut down all pet stores in Thailand, you won't get past the issues that are created with puppy-mills here.

The only effective way to deal with JJ would be to have vets as part of the enforcement group and send them through with vaccinations and cameras and create paperwork for each dog right there.

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I bought 2 puppies there that my kids instantly fell in love with. Within 2 weeks they were both dead of distemper. It was sad and very tramatic for the kids. The problem is that they probably were still drinking mothers milk which protected them until we got them then they were vulnerable to whatever they picked up at the market. We were told that they had shots and they gave us some papers that could have been copies. If they were on the mothers milk when they get the shots it doesn't offer much protection as the anti-bodies in the milk interferes with the process. Although I don't believe in the nanny state thing there should be some government involvement to make sure that it is all humane.

Sorry that you went through that.

It really is vital to take ANY dog that you buy from ANY source in Thailand to a vet immediately. Even though I bought both dogs from the same vendor and the first was a year old when I bought the second one, I still took her straight to the vet.

The issue you are talking about is a common issue that can be run into at any petshop in Thailand but the vast numbers of pets there in JJ are an issue as well. Unless you want to shut down all pet stores in Thailand, you won't get past the issues that are created with puppy-mills here.

The only effective way to deal with JJ would be to have vets as part of the enforcement group and send them through with vaccinations and cameras and create paperwork for each dog right there.

Until the Thai authorities can regulate and set standards for pet sellers and breeders and show good enforcement through appropriate legislation (currently non existent) and policing, I support the notion of closure of markets/shops selling live animals, with Chatuchak at the top of the list. A vet visit is good advice when you become a new pet owner but Sadly that won't determine if the dog has the rabies virus (that can only be done post mortem), and Vaccinating a pup too late, e.g. one that is already incubating the distemper virus, won't help either. Chatuchak has long spread the canine viruses, now it is a host from deadly zoonotic diseases. I'm really sad that recent steps have been such a retroactive move.

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So Sherry would stop all sales of animals in Thailand?

I support the notion of closure of markets/shops selling live animals

wow ....

Guess there's no sense talking about it rationally huh? Sorry, but that really is a nanny-state move.

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So Sherry would stop all sales of animals in Thailand?
I support the notion of closure of markets/shops selling live animals

wow ....

Guess there's no sense talking about it rationally huh? Sorry, but that really is a nanny-state move.

Yes. The closure of markets/shops selling live animals until regulated and enforced, and animal welfare legislation in place. That's different from "stopping all sales of animals". According to the BMA in the report above, plans are in place, at least a regulatory process. (I would be less rational if it was my mum, son or daughter who had died of rabies.)

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So Sherry would stop all sales of animals in Thailand?
I support the notion of closure of markets/shops selling live animals

wow ....

Guess there's no sense talking about it rationally huh? Sorry, but that really is a nanny-state move.

As my round-up of this thread covering the rabies scare at Chatuchak market, all of us believe or have witnessed the wildlife trade there, all have witnessed or believe there are animal welfare and rights violations there (overcrowding, lack of food/water, animals too young, no vaccinations and basic health treatments, no "responsible pet ownership" messages), two people have bought healthy dogs and agree that not all sellers there are irresponsible but one admits there is no animal welfare element to the sales, at least one person in the thread has had 2 dogs die of distemper within a couple of weeks of buying them from Chatuchak (I know of others); at least one person has contracted and died of rabies, and many more (according to newspaper reports) are frighteningly being urged to vaccinate themselves and their animals within 5km radius of chatuchak. So, who wants to buy from Chatuchak pet section now, or should live animal sales in crowded markets be curtailed until properly regulated with enforcement in place? As for the nanny-state comments (an attempt to divert from the real issue I suspect), anyone who has ever lived in Thailand knows the country is completey at the other end of the spectrum from nanny states - and therein lies a whole set of social, economic and public health problems.

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Another knee jerk reaction. Someone has to die first (and the death published in the papers) before the government will act.

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So Sherry would stop all sales of animals in Thailand?
I support the notion of closure of markets/shops selling live animals

wow ....

Guess there's no sense talking about it rationally huh? Sorry, but that really is a nanny-state move.

As my round-up of this thread covering the rabies scare at Chatuchak market, all of us believe or have witnessed the wildlife trade there, all have witnessed or believe there are animal welfare and rights violations there (overcrowding, lack of food/water, animals too young, no vaccinations and basic health treatments, no "responsible pet ownership" messages), two people have bought healthy dogs and agree that not all sellers there are irresponsible but one admits there is no animal welfare element to the sales, at least one person in the thread has had 2 dogs die of distemper within a couple of weeks of buying them from Chatuchak (I know of others); at least one person has contracted and died of rabies, and many more (according to newspaper reports) are frighteningly being urged to vaccinate themselves and their animals within 5km radius of chatuchak. So, who wants to buy from Chatuchak pet section now, or should live animal sales in crowded markets be curtailed until properly regulated with enforcement in place? As for the nanny-state comments (an attempt to divert from the real issue I suspect), anyone who has ever lived in Thailand knows the country is completey at the other end of the spectrum from nanny states - and therein lies a whole set of social, economic and public health problems.

Im happy living here dont turn it into a nanny state. Yuck i dislike animal cruelty but i do dislike people who try to push their western ideas on Thais like this.

Just like the people who get worked up about childeren on motorbikes without helmets.. its not that the people dont want it. Its just that ther is no money for it.

Its easy looking down at people when you got money, when you have money you can have ideals. As the income of Thais raises other things will change too.. you cant change things from one side.

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So Sherry would stop all sales of animals in Thailand?
I support the notion of closure of markets/shops selling live animals

wow ....

Guess there's no sense talking about it rationally huh? Sorry, but that really is a nanny-state move.

Yes. The closure of markets/shops selling live animals until regulated and enforced, and animal welfare legislation in place. That's different from "stopping all sales of animals". According to the BMA in the report above, plans are in place, at least a regulatory process. (I would be less rational if it was my mum, son or daughter who had died of rabies.)

I don't think you could get less rational if you think that all shops selling animals kingdom-wide should be closed until your version of animal welfare laws are in place. To expect or even desire that people go out of business here to fit your concept of animal welfare just isn't rational or reasonable.

Again --- this is Thailand (Asia) not Europe or North America. I applaud some measure being implemented to help with problems but again I welcome rational people to look again at the videos posted and see if they are seeing the problems claimed by people in this thread. I for one wouldn't hestitate to buy from the same vendor I have bought from in the past. I have taken friends to see him too. Not a horror story to be told.

You will also note that people have bought animals from other places and had them die of distemper ... and the number of rabies infected animals wandering around Thailand is huge. A great place to start would be actually promoting HUMAN health by promoting vaccinating animals that are wandering the streets.

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