Anorak | The Thai dog smuggling trade delivers cheap protein to Vietnam

The Thai dog smuggling trade delivers cheap protein to Vietnam

by | 14th, January 2012

THE Vietnamese Navy has intercepted a ferry on the Mekong River making ready to smuggle 800 dogs into the country from Laos. The Bangkok Post says Capt Teerakiat Thong-aram was acting on a tip-off that Thai dog smugglers were at large. The navy spotted a lorry. The vehicle was carrying 40 cages filled with 800 live dogs. It was waiting to board a ferry. On the river bank were around 100 empty cages.

Official estimate the smugglers had  transported over 2,000 dogs.
The BBC  has reported on the trade:

At a busy restaurant in Hanoi, a woman weighs and chops up small puppies for her customers…

Diners are mostly men – they believe it will make them more virile. But eating dog is reserved for the second half of the lunar month. Dog meat sellers do good business then, with many customers who believe they will dispel their misfortunes by eating the meat. The dogs are small with long bodies and short legs, best eaten at about a year old. They come from puppy farms or are collected from the countryside.

What’s so wrong with cheap protein? Are dogs a special case, more so than pigs and cows?

The Bangkok Post reported in 2011 on Thai smugglers:

The dog trade has carried on for years, particularly in Sakon Nakhon, which acts as a gateway for dog smugglers who send boatloads of the animals across the Mekong River to Laos, and on to Vietnam for sale, at prices many times the humble outlays they made for the dogs in Thailand. A former dog trader, who asked not to be identified, said the price of a dog bought from villagers had increased sharply from 120-150 baht to 200-250 baht.

The price would jump to 400-500 baht at Tha Rae market after costs were factored in.

What happens to the rescued dogs?

The dogs were taken to an animal shelter in Nakhon Phanom, where almost 1,000 of the animals have since died, from malnutrition (the dogs would not eat the dried dog food provided, as they prefer rice) and common dog diseases.

Does saving the dogs

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  • June

    No, the thought is repellent, but then I just love dogs.

    Humanity is big enough and ugly enough to care of itself, and there are other sources of protein, and if a populace is starving then its up to that government to do something about it….if there is sufficient rice to feed the dogs then threre is more than enough to feed the humans, I take it its just humans that eat meat protein in that part of the world?

  • Would you eat a cat?

  • June

    No! would you?