- Posted January 14, 2012 by
Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Dogs abuse and cruelty
January 14th. 2012
After the Thai naval authorities on Thursday rescued 800 dogs from the meat trading illegal ring and capture one suspect while smuggling the animals on Mekong River, the authorities transported the dogs to the Nakhon Phanom Animal Quarantine Station.
The graphic images show suffocated and injured dogs pilled up on tiny cages.
The Thailand government is facing serious questioning regarding the illegal dog meat trade that generates over 3 million dollars a year and at least one Thai politician it's being accused to be involved.
Between 3 to 500,000 dogs are taken from Thailand and smuggled into Vietnam to be skinned alive and then served on restaurants every year.
Among the issues surrounding this horrendous practice is the fact that the smugglers are breaking Thai livestock laws, while transporting live animals without health certificates, vaccines and export permits. Another disturbing fact is that many of these dogs were someones' pet and they were stolen from private property.
An international petition to stop the trade is available at:
For more information visit: http://soidog.org/en/you-can-help-stop-the-dog-meat-trade/