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Dog-Meat Mafia: Inside Thailand's Smuggling Trade


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#1 webfact

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Posted 2013-05-20 16:18:59

Dog-Meat Mafia: Inside Thailand's Smuggling Trade
By Craig Skehan

BANGKOK: -- 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.

Full story: http://www.theglobal...ling-trade/616/

-- THE GLOBAL MAIL 2013-05-20



#2 geronimo

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Posted 2013-05-20 16:32:57

I love all animals and this is a bone of contention!



#3 bigbamboo

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Posted 2013-05-20 16:42:19

 Stealing family pets is just too scummy for words.

 

 Bastards.


Edited by bigbamboo, 2013-05-20 16:45:32.


#4 Pimay1

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Posted 2013-05-20 16:43:37

A dog truck came by here two days ago. They were piled on top of each other. I'm sure some were already dead. The lady across the street sold her two year old male dog for B200. They threw him in the back of the truck and went on their way.



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Posted 2013-05-20 17:08:17

They could gladly come to Hua Hin and clean out all the Soi dogs around my house. It's so bad some times I have to carry a stick walking down the road. 

 

Oh no....I can hear the bleeding hearts already. coffee1.gif



#6 chrischronic

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Posted 2013-05-20 17:26:13

If you want this horrible cruelty stopped you can start by donating to these guys..

 

http://www.soidog.org/en/dogmeat/



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Posted 2013-05-20 17:40:25

guess real mafia crime drugs,prostitution,guns, etc doesnt pay any more dog eat dog trade cheesy.gif cheesy.gif biggrin.png



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Posted 2013-05-20 17:42:54

Let's be honest do you really think Thais give a xxxx about dogs being butchered, especially when they can make money.  Considering that the Thais will even stoop as low as using endangered animals to make money they certainly won't care about dogs lives if there's coin to be made.

 

Endangered Animals Being Exploited in Thai Tourism


Edited by metisdead, 2013-05-20 18:25:49.


#9 JetsetBkk

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Posted 2013-05-20 17:52:00

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.


Make it legal. License companies that want to do this trade. Enforce laws concerning transportation/slaughtering of the animals.

Hang on, this is Thailand. Forget all that.

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Posted 2013-05-20 17:52:31

I am personally not against eating dog. What has the poor cow, the pig done wrong? Is my favourite question in that context. From what I am told, in Vietnam they elevate dogs specifically for meat, these dogs get special food and are being kept correctly. There are even hi-price restaurants specializing on dog meat. But these are stray dogs from the street, full of disease, that nobody in his right mind would want to eat. Why is everything in Thailand always so low? Viets are proud and can become rather aggressive too if their rules are violated. Here you pay your way out of everything. Is that what Buddhism does to the morality of people, as opposed to Communism...?



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:02:28

A dog truck came by here two days ago. They were piled on top of each other. I'm sure some were already dead. The lady across the street sold her two year old male dog for B200. They threw him in the back of the truck and went on their way.

 

Couldn't you sell her as well? tongue.png   Every time you see a dead dog on the side of the road, drop it into her front yard.  



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:05:12

out of all the posts to date the one thing missing---POLICE.   if known pickps are running around local areas, everyone sees them,

Big effort to stop this is NOT just at the border posts it IS in local areas. Police take the dogs to a pound--confiscate the pick-up and heavily fine the( Bar-stewards.).  stopping the collection stops the trade.  UNLESS some big wig again is in the monkey---oh sorry  DOG  business.



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:07:53

A dog truck came by here two days ago. They were piled on top of each other. I'm sure some were already dead. The lady across the street sold her two year old male dog for B200. They threw him in the back of the truck and went on their way.

 

Sounds like you live amongst nice neighbours.  Just saying.



#14 ghworker2010

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Posted 2013-05-20 18:09:32

This is so cruel and I dont even want to think about the poor conditions and cruelty that these dogs are put under. Its another example of the bad attitude of the Vietnamese people



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:14:01

I am personally not against eating dog. What has the poor cow, the pig done wrong? Is my favourite question in that context. From what I am told, in Vietnam they elevate dogs specifically for meat, these dogs get special food and are being kept correctly. There are even hi-price restaurants specializing on dog meat. But these are stray dogs from the street, full of disease, that nobody in his right mind would want to eat. Why is everything in Thailand always so low? Viets are proud and can become rather aggressive too if their rules are violated. Here you pay your way out of everything. Is that what Buddhism does to the morality of people, as opposed to Communism...?

From my experience Communism does nothing for morality either. Did you see the tragic story in Beijing of the young 3 year old girl who got run over by a car and 15 people walked around her as she lay crying and bleeding in the road? She got run over for a second time and sadly died,, totally avoidable and terribly tragic. One of the interviewed locals said "we have all lost our moral compass". In my experience of living and working in China for some years communism teaches you to keep yourself to yourself and not get involved in anything that doesn't concern you. I think Thai people treat each other and foreigners with respect (if you show them appropriate courtesy as a guest) and they have a clear moral standing, it's simply that there are poor people in this developing country and when money is tight people come first.



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:14:50

Can anybody provide a phone number, would love to see our street cleaned out from stray dogs!



#17 Sydebolle

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Posted 2013-05-20 18:26:27

They could gladly come to Hua Hin and clean out all the Soi dogs around my house. It's so bad some times I have to carry a stick walking down the road. 

 

Oh no....I can hear the bleeding hearts already. coffee1.gif

... and once they finished in Hua Hin please send them to the Dark Side of Pattaya. A free beer and a Somtam is also waiting for them! 



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:28:13

Can anybody provide a phone number, would love to see our street cleaned out from stray dogs!

 

A big number of these dogs are NOT strays in many areas, they are locally owned and are left to scavenge. Get a collecter to pick up the owners and have them put down.  Dogs in the street are a headache, local authorities should sterilize the animals/ and police to take action against owners---like make it law to register all dogs locally.



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:30:06

They could gladly come to Hua Hin and clean out all the Soi dogs around my house. It's so bad some times I have to carry a stick walking down the road. 

 

Oh no....I can hear the bleeding hearts already. coffee1.gif

ITT: Fake machismo.

 

Cruelty to animals is the lowest form of cowardice.



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:34:52

They could gladly come to Hua Hin and clean out all the Soi dogs around my house. It's so bad some times I have to carry a stick walking down the road. 

 

Oh no....I can hear the bleeding hearts already. coffee1.gif

 

If it's that bad get a condo???  no dogs--and the book in your name---killing 2 birds with 1 stone----Yes your right it's NOT my business.



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:36:12

For those who are sick of the soi dog problem in Thailand and wish that dog hunters would come to their community and take all of them away, dogs are not the problem, people are. These dogs didn't just wander into the community, the people in your community adopted them and turned them loose without medical care or proper food. Even if you don't have an issue with eating dog, very often (or all of the time) a large percentage of the dogs don't survive the trip to their destination suffocating during the trip. Then when it is time for slaughter, all too often they are skinned alive as there is a belief that this makes the meat more tender. A horrific end for an animal that was domesticated to be a companion for people. How can anyone agree that any animal should be treated like this?



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:42:10

I love dogs - but I couldn't eat a full one.  Send the Mafia round here - I'd pay them to take most of the local dogs away.



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:42:52

Iv'e been in Issan for one & a half years & never seen any vans coming around & grabbing the Dogs, there are so many scabby strays around that will bite you as soon as look at you, (so you have to go to the local hospital & pay anything up to 3000 Bhts for your anti-rabies course) I think that the goverment should pay dog catchers to catch any dog without a collar & sell them to Vietnam, they are a menace.....  



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:43:46

Down my way it would be suicide to try and venture out at night on foot, because the packs of Soi dogs will attack passers by. Even on motorbike I have often had to risk life and limb by having to speed along at full throttle being pursued by packs of dogs aiming for my legs, some quite big, including Rottweiler mix breed of dogs, and have arrived home with my heart pounding.   The so-called owners claim that these dogs live on their land, are fed by them, but they are only caring for the stray dogs out of good will. Or in other words, these morons take no responsibility for the antics of their dogs.

My dogs have never been or are allowed off the confines of our land. I know that if my dogs were ever to escape, it would be certain death for them out there, plus my dogs are considered as a part of our family, their welfare means a lot to us.  Most of my neighbors dogs seem to disappear every couple of years. They have litters of puppies; the adults die of neglect or disappear, replaced by the puppies and continue on like a vicious circle over periods of time.

These people are not caring towards their dogs, and are considered more as part of the scenery rather than as family pets. So with this attitude, it is no wonder that the dog meat racketeers have a free hand to commit this sort of brutal and cruel business virtually without any hindrances from the authorities.

The only solutions to be able to curb these traders in cruelty and death, is for the authorities to encourage, impose and enforce laws on neutering, controlling and the educating of guidelines for the proper caring of their pets.



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Posted 2013-05-20 18:45:23

For those who are sick of the soi dog problem in Thailand and wish that dog hunters would come to their community and take all of them away, dogs are not the problem, people are. These dogs didn't just wander into the community, the people in your community adopted them and turned them loose without medical care or proper food. Even if you don't have an issue with eating dog, very often (or all of the time) a large percentage of the dogs don't survive the trip to their destination suffocating during the trip. Then when it is time for slaughter, all too often they are skinned alive as there is a belief that this makes the meat more tender. A horrific end for an animal that was domesticated to be a companion for people. How can anyone agree that any animal should be treated like this?

 

As you see the heartless non thinking posters are posting.

Thai dogs HATE farrangs intruding into their way of life on the streets---how dare farrangs tell us THAI's to be exterminated, half of them here on an extended drinking holiday---biggrin.png







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