15 August 2011

More than 1,000 dogs saved from Vietnamese food industry

Police in Thailand have managed to rescue over 1,000 dogs that were destined to be cooked and eaten. The dogs, which were crammed into tiny cages stacked high on the back of trucks, were en route to Vietnam but were saved when the police intercepted the vehicles in two raids in Nathom and Si Songkhram districts close to the border with Laos.

Livestock officials in Nakhom Phanom have confirmed 1,011 dogs are being looked after in government shelters – sadly, 119 died as a result of suffocation or when they were thrown in the trucks as the traffickers tried to flee the scene.

The men face a maximum sentence of one year in jail, and a fine of up to 20,000 baht ($670).

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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