- Posted September 7, 2013 by
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Asian Governments Take Steps to End Dog Meat Trade
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
(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"
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