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    Asian Governments Take Steps to End Dog Meat Trade


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     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.'
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    (Hanoi, Vietnam) Sept. 5th 2013


    Concerned about the spread of rabies, officials from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have agreed to consider a five year moratorium on the commercial transport of dogs from one country to another to end the inhumane trade in dogs for meat. If a moratorium is enacted, the impact on rabies transmission in the region will be measured. In Thailand where the trade is illegal, an agreement to better enforce regulations was made.


    Attendees met with animal welfare coalition Asia Canine Protection Alliance at a meeting in Hanoi where they agreed to discuss approval of the moratorium recommendations among their respective governments. ACPA is made up of Change For Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, Animals Asia and Soi Dog Foundation acting both locally within Asia and Internationally


    The commercial trade of dogs for meat is responsible for slaughtering an estimated 5 million dogs for human consumption per year. Thailand, Laos and Cambodia supply dogs for the trade into Vietnam, where they are slaughtered and consumed.


    Kelly O'Meara, director Humane Society International said: " Rabies and other communicable diseases, such as cholera and trichinosis represents a major public health threat throughout Asia. An end of the trade will help human health and help save lives of countless dogs who suffer in the trade"


    John Dalley, Vice President Soi Dog Foundation said: " This is not a debate about culture or custom, This is an issue of human health. The trade we are seeing in the region is profit-driven and is not motivated by any desire to maintain a culture. it is also worth nothing that no country in the world has explicitly legalized the production of the trade and consumption of dog meat"


    More information and how to help or get involved, visit: www.soidog.org

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