News articles and blogs 2011
8th September 2011 - Thanh Nien News - Thailand rescues 120 dogs bound for Vietnam restaurants - Thai authorities arrested two men as they attempted to smuggle 120 dogs to Vietnam on Tuesday, according to the Bangkok Post. Civil volunteers stopped two pickup trucks carrying fertilizer sacks containing the dogs, 31 of which had suffocated, at Pho Sai village near the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province. The volunteers, who are members of a taskforce unit under the Ban Phaeng District office, apprehended the drivers of the two vehicles Issarapong Sankampai, 24, a Nakhon Phanom native, and Vietnamese national Nguyen Van Son, 23. The pair confessed to local police they had been hired by a gang to take the dogs across the Mekong River to Vietnam, where dog is a delicacy served at restaurants. They face charges of unlicensed trade of animals, transporting unvaccinated animals, and torturing animals. It was not known where the gang had collected the dogs. The 89 dogs saved by the unit have been sent to Nakhon Phanom Animal Quarantine Station.
23rd September 2011 - Thanh Nien News - Dog thieves fight back - What is it about the canine that is driving Vietnamese to kill each other? As if the fact that dog thieves were being beaten to death in the street by angry mobs wasn't bad enough, reports from the hitherto peaceful pagoda-speckled province of Soc Trang suggest that the thieves have begun to take more violent measures in kind.
Duong Van Thanh was shot down by two dog thieves in the Mekong Delta province on Sunday (September 18). It was 5 a.m. when the 48-year-old man from Chau Thanh District prepared to drive his wife to a local market where she sells vegetables. Out of the corner of his eye, Thanh then saw two thieves snaring his dog. He gave chase only to be shot in the chest by a self-made gun one of the thieves was carrying. His neighbor Bui Van My said he saw Thanh lying on the roadside and called the man's wife for help. Thanh's wife, Tran Thi Cam Hong, rushed out only to hear him murmuring that he'd been shot in the chest. Thanh was taken to the local hospital immediately but he died on the way there. District police are investigating the case.
According to Hong, many locals have lost their dogs to thieves who have even threatened to kill anyone in their way. Increasingly brutal crimes have become more common in the escalating war between dog owners and thieves. The thieves have become more aggressive and use more deadly weapons, while residents in the north-central province of Nghe An appear to not think twice before killing a dog thief and burning his corpse in the street. The thieves often snared the dog or shoot them with a self-made electrical pulse gun.
22nd August 2011 - Thanh Nien News - Experts say the consumption of dog meat is increasing in Vietnam following the bust of a suspected dog smuggling ring that attempted to bring nearly 2,000 dogs into the country from Thailand. Experts say the consumption of dog meat is increasing in Vietnam following the bust of a suspected dog smuggling ring that attempted to bring nearly 2,000 dogs into the country from Thailand. On August 4, Thai police arrested four people, including a Vietnamese man, who were allegedly trying to bring the dogs here to sell them for their meat. etnam's hunger for the meat as eating dog is not illegal here. But regulations like those that govern the beef, poultry and pork trades have never been issued for dog meat in Vietnam, and the unregulated trade means not only more misery for the animals, but also unclean butchery and unhygienic cooking conditions that have both led to severe cases of rabies and cholera in dog meat consumers. Rerngsak Mahawinijchai-montree, governor of Nakhon Phanom Province, said Thai police arrested Montree Thanklang, 45, a Nakhon Phanom resident, and Hai, 30, a Vietnamese citizen, as they drove a truck containing 600 dogs through the province's Na Thom District.
Four other trucks containing 1,200 dogs were seized while they traveled through Si Songkhram District, where police arrested Noppadon Chaiwangrot, 40, a Sakon Nakhon resident. The dogs reportedly fetch up to 1,000 Thai baht (US$33) each. "I feel this is the evidence that confirmed the dog meat trade in Vietnam is still flourishing even with many previous outbreaks of diseases associated with the trade, such as cholera," said Tuan Bendixsen, Vietnam director of the Hong Kong-based animal advocate Animals Asia Foundation. "The 2,000 dogs that have been seized is the tip of the iceberg of the illegal dog meat trade happening between Thailand and Vietnam," Bendixsen said. "I have been to Nghe An Province and on Highway 1. Almost every day you would see trucks of dogs coming across the border from Laos into Vietnam and these dogs would come from dog farms in Thailand." Bendixsen said he was sure that none of these dogs coming from Thailand have animal heath certificates showing they have been vaccinated against rabies and that they're healthy and free of any other diseases, as required.
14th August 2011- Thanh Nien News - Vietnamese man arrested in Thailand for dog smuggling Thai police have arrested four people, including a Vietnamese man, who were attempting to carry almost 2,000 dogs into Vietnam to be served as meat. Nakhon Phanom Governor Rerngsak Mahawinijchaimontree told The Nation his team cooperated with animal-control staff and police to arrest the gang on Thursday night. He said they arrested Montree Thanklang, 45, a Nakhon Phanom resident, and Hai, 30, a Vietnamese, while they were in a truck containing 600 dogs passing through the province's Na Thom district. Four other trucks containing 1,200 dogs were seized while they traveled through Si Songkhram district, where police arrested Noppadon Chaiwangrot, 40, a Sakon Nakhon resident. Rerngsak said police were told that Noppadon had earlier released 600 other dogs into a forest. "Police believe all the dogs would have been transferred to a ship waiting in Ban Phaeng district of Nakhon Phanom before going across the Mekong River to be sold in Vietnam, where lots of dogs are ordered to be cooked as famous exotic dishes." He said police pressed charges against the suspects under the Animal Epidemic Act 1956 that prohibits relocating animals to zones at risk of epidemics without permission. The seized 1,800 dogs are being kept at the Nakhon Phanom Animal Quarantine Station. Previously, in June, the province's authorities raided a place that housed the dogs before they were traded in Na Wa District. The dogs reportedly fetch up to 1,000 Thai baht (US$33). Most dog traders are apparently from the Tha Rae District in Sakon Nakhon, where they travel to villages, engaging in barter trade, especially with plastic buckets.