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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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