Stop Dog Trafficking In Thailand

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Target: Somsak Kiatsuranont, President of Thailand

Goal: Stop dogs being smuggled from Thailand to Vietnam for their meat

Dog smuggling is a growing trade in the northern regions of Thailand. Dogs are driven across the border to Vietnam in trucks to be sold to restaurants there, and animal rights groups currently estimate that the trade has grown to roughly 200,000 live dogs per year. Something must be done to stop this cruel business immediately.

The conditions these dogs endure are almost unimaginable. They are packed 20 or more into small wire cages with no room to move. Some even die of suffocation because there literally is no room for them to breathe. Up to 1,000 are packed onto each truck for a journey that lasts days in which they are given no food or water. The dogs are under a great deal of stress because of how tightly packed they are, and any kind of movement can cause the others to bite out of frustration.

Unfortunately, the trip across the border to Vietnam isn’t the worst part of the process – it is believed by many restaurant owners in Vietnam that fear and stress force the dogs to release hormones that makes their meat taste better. When they arrive they are placed in even smaller “stress cages” that completely restrict their movement. The dogs are then taken one at a time and either have their throats slit, are clubbed to death, or are skinned alive. Each time it is done in front of the other dogs with the intention of making those in wait even more afraid. John Dalley of the Phuket based Soi Dog Foundation made a statement saying, “This is not about whether it is right or wrong to eat dog meat. It is about an illegal trade worth millions of dollars per year organized by criminals. The way in which these dogs are transported and, if they survive, killed, is horrific. It’s quite literally hell on earth.”

These aren’t just strays that are smuggled either. Many of the dogs are stolen from homes and still have tags, and the smugglers take whatever else they can find while abducting the animal. Dog Trafficking in Thailand has become one of the largest-scale animal cruelty operations in the world, resulting in the torture and killing hundreds of thousands of dogs every year. Something must be done immediately to stop this horror from continuing on. Please sign the petition below to demand that Thailand crack down on dog smuggling.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Somsak Kiatsuranont,

Dog smuggling has become a serious problem in the northern regions of Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of dogs are captured or stolen and packed on to trucks so they can be driven across the border to Vietnam and sold to restaurants. These dogs are forced to endure some of the most horrific circumstances imaginable. Many do not survive the trip and those that do are tortured, have their throats slit, are skinned alive, or are bludgeoned to death.

The trade has been growing for the past few decades and because there are no strict animal cruelty guidelines in Thailand little has been done to stop it. Most of the smugglers who are actually captured are given nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The trade is likely the most large-scale act of animal cruelty in the world and something must be done to stop it immediately. Please crack down on these smugglers and pass some kind of legislation that will make dog trafficking a much more serious offense than it currently stands.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Sarah Leo via Flickr

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17 Comments

  1. Carol Batten says:

    It’s sickening to know they can round up enough scum bags to carry on this operation and sickening that legislators don’t even care.

  2. A Mirkar says:

    Stop this cruelty now. I will not buy products made in Thailand as a protest.

  3. virginia says:

    only asian inhumane cold blooded assholes do this just for money, they probably do it to their own kinds i won’t even doubt it sorry to say that this kind considered themselves humans, anybody that does this so low. The poor dogs don’t have any fault at this blame it on those evil devil assanais idiots, they come to america begging for mercy to be help out why should we when they do this to the poor animals. discusting.

  4. Ulla Andersson says:

    Stoppa djurplågeriet.Alla har rätt till ett naturligt liv

  5. tine van boven says:

    stop animal abuse

  6. I am so angry!!! THESE BASTARDS ARE
    INHUMANE.. They need to be wiped off the face of this earth.
    Also THD Chinese and any country who do this inhuman practice just for the money. If should be put in a cramped up cage
    With 15 piled inside like they do poor doge/cats
    Put them on top of trucks drive for days then
    Throw them off the truck like they do the dogs /cats see if they
    Feel pain! Then when they get to the
    Slaughter house, they skin them alive, dump them in boiling
    Hot water. Ram a torch up there butt and
    Electrocutes them like they do for the FUR.
    Then skin some of them alive and make them look into
    Camera if they survive, like one little skinned dog
    Did. THIS IS SO INHUMANE . THIS MUST STOP NOW!!!

  7. Richard Patterson says:

    Cruel Bastards, I wish I could get my hands on the people doing this!!! Let’s all stop this now!!!

  8. Let them ask for help when a tsunami hits this atrocity will be in my mind

  9. This nation is fucked up.like china and korea philipines.ugly nation of killers.

  10. Patti Shackelford says:

    Please stop cruelly to abused, stabbing kidnapped, murder, kill, cut, and not sale the furs and meats ! I want to all ANIMALS R FREEEE AND THE ANIMALS R VERY HUMANS ! Let them go out off the cages ! Save their alive ! Keep them alive !

  11. Patti Shackelford says:

    Let the dogs get out of the cages, let them free, happy but the people who put the dogs in the cage means the person is evil and abused ! The dogs r very friendly !

  12. ILS SONT COMPLETEMENT DINGUES, ils mangent tout là-bas et ces pauvres bêtes souffrent le martyr J EN AI PLUS QU ASSEZ DE VOIR TOUTES CES HORREURS DEFILER SUR FB ET AILLEURS..A QUAND DES LOIS POUR INTERDIRE TOUTES CES ATROCITES ????? C EST IMMONDE !!! PLUS JE CONNAIS L ETRE HUMAIN, PLUS J AIME MON CHIEN….

  13. afonsobentim says:

    vamos dar um basta nesta situaçao,vamos respeitar os nossos animais

  14. Stop it now!

  15. PLUS JE CONNAIS L ETRE HUMAIN, PLUS J AIME MON CHIEN…Ferrer a raison..

    respect voor elk levend wezen aub…

  16. Donatella Pontesilli says:

    Keep spreading awerness of this horrific reality till we put an end to it ! ..and we CAN !! THE TIME IS NOW !!! This is torture and a total disgrace! Enough animal cruelty, ignorance and disgusting behaviour! Just stop ! Respect animals they are not below us and DO NOT DESERVE THIS DISPICABLE TORTURE, PAIN, FEAR AND SUFFERING! STOP

  17. Mary Giltinan says:

    There was a time when I had visited Cambodia,Thailand and China. I would never travel there again until they change their stupid ignorant methods. Dogs are intelligent sincere animals. Th people are disgusting. Will not support the tourism.

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