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News articles and blogs 2013

 

9th September 2013 - ANIMAL EQUALITY INFILTRATE THE DOG AND CAT MEAT TRADE IN CHINA - Today, Animal Equality present unedited images from our joint investigation we carried out in the dog and cat markets in Wuhan, Taiping, Cong Hua and Nanhai, as well as images from two dog breeding and fattening farms, located in Jiaxiang and Jining, and a slaughterhouse in Zhanjiang...... READ MORE

7th September 2013 - Asian Governments Take Steps to End Dog Meat Trade - MahCacciola is the communication director for Soi Dog Foundation USA, a non-profit organization aiming to help neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand. On September 5, he and other members of the organization were at an event in Bangkok, Thailand, where other Asian countries were looking into limiting the sales of dog meat because of concerns over the spread of rabies. He says in Thailand selling dog meat is illegal, but criminals still take part in the trade. He says it's the first time Southeast Asian countries came together to stop the illegal dog meat trade. 'My believe is that dogs have been domesticated by humans thousands of years ago. They are our companions, and also improve human life. Today, dogs work with armed forces, at hospitals doing rehabilitation, with soldiers in war, they rescue you in a natural disaster and also walk the blind among many other daily tasks,' he said. 'For this and much more dogs, have changed human life for better, and it is our responsibility to protect them and to honor them as a member of modern human society.' - Jareen, CNN iReport producers..... READ MORE

Important Steps Forward In Ending The Dog Meat Trade - Dear Friends and Supporters of Soi Dog, I am delighted to be able to share with you some very positive news regarding progress in ending the illegal smuggling of dogs from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia to Vietnam for use in the dog meat industry there...... READ MORE

3rd June 2013 - Sanctuary at front line of fight against 'inhumane' dog trade - We arrive in the morning at the Animal Quarantine Center in Nakhon Phanom, north-east Thailand, just a few kilometers away from mountains which outline the border with Laos. The summer heat is already beating down hard and it's only 9 a.m.
But it's not humidity that hits me as I climb out of the 4WD, rather the overwhelming smell of dog urine and feces....... READ MORE

3rd June 2013 - Smugglers drive Thailand's grim trade in dog meat - Packed tight into wire baskets -- sometimes 20 or more to a cage -- animal rights activists say as many as 200,000 live dogs every year are smuggled from northeast Thailand across the Mekong River destined for restaurants in Vietnam........ READ MORE

20th May 2013 - Chiangrai Times - “Dog-Meat Mafia” Fuels Thailand’s Canine Trade – CHIANG RAI – 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 picks 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.

14th March 2013 - Thanh Nien News - Smuggled Chinese cats increase rabies risk in Vietnam: experts - Authorities in the northern province of Quang Ninh have seized cats and cat meat weighing thousands of kilograms smuggled over the Chinese border to local restaurants, with experts warning of rabies and other health risks. Cats and cat meat seized since March 6 weighed a total of at least 4,000 kilograms, provincial officials said, noting that the animals were usually smuggled over the border at night, before being hidden in local houses and divided into smaller batches to be distributed to local markets or restaurants, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported. Some smugglers also used boats. A new trick in response to recent raids by Vietnamese authorities is for cat smugglers to slaughter and process the animals in advance before sneaking in packages weighing approximately 50 kilograms each.

Nguyen Dang Truong, chief market manager of Quang Ninh Province, said cat smuggling from China is not new, but the illegal practice has never been carried out on such a large scale. Truong said all the cats were to be served as meals. Le Van Thuong, a long-time cat trader in the northern port city of Hai Phong, said the biggest markets for cat meat are in Thai Binh and Nam Dinh provinces, located outside Hanoi where cat meat is considered a delicacy. Thuong said it is easy to differentiate Chinese cats from their Vietnamese counterparts, as the former have shorter faces, stiffer hair and stinky legs resulting from their transport, in addition to being much less tasty. Nguyen Van Duc, head of the market watchdog agency of Thai Binh Province, said locals still have the habit of serving cat meat at wedding parties and other festive occasions. Van Dang Ky, in charge of disease control and research at the Animal Health Department at the agriculture ministry, said the illegal animals can carry many diseases, including rabies."The people who smuggle and slaughter the cats are exposed to a very high risk of [contracting] rabies," Ky told Nguoi Lao Dong.

He said Vietnamese authorities were already having difficulty controlling rabies among its local cat population. "Further failures to contain this smuggling will cause rabies to spread among many animals in Vietnam, which will endanger people's health."

Experts said while both cats and dogs carry ascaris, a parasitic nematode worm that can grow in the human brain, liver and other internal organs, cats are the primary hosts of Toxoplasmosis gondii, a parasitic organism that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and other neurological diseases. It can also affect the heart, liver, inner ears, and eyes. It can be fatal for people with weakened immune systems such as AIDS patients and pregnant women.

Cats also carry agents that can cause fungal skin diseases, typhoid fever, diarrhea, and potentially fatal blood poisoning, they said, noting that infections are caused during digestion or through open wounds exposed to the slaughtering process.

 

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