By Belinda Davis | Senior Manager - Fundraising and Communications
English translation of billboard
Soi Dog Foundation, in cooperation with other animal activists and the Royal Thai Police, has launched a nationwide billboard campaign to highlight the punishment that will be faced by those committing acts of animal cruelty or attempting to slaughter dogs or cats for meat.
Thailand is home to many “labour camps”. These are places that house immigrant workers from neighbouring countries, brought in to work on construction projects in Thailand.
Most are from countries where consuming dog or cat meat is not illegal. Many are not aware that it’s illegal in Thailand, or if they are, they think they’ll get away with it.
Well, not anymore. Hundreds of billboards have now been erected in labour camps, local markets, factories, and other places where migrant workers may congregate. The billboards have been produced in the Khmer, Burmese, Laotian and Thai languages, and the message couldn’t be clearer.
These measures can work, but it can only happen with your support. Thank you for fighting to end animal cruelty in Thailand.
By Siti Nurhafizah Khalip | Supporter Engagement Coordinator
Some of the dogs in need of your help
A petition launched by the animal activists of South Korea, was recently run, and thanks to the help of Soi Dog supporters like you, the target was reached, ensuring it would be reviewed by government officials. This petition demanded that South Korea’s government take action so that dogs are no longer classified as livestock, and to create laws to ban the consumption of dogs and cats.
The target for this petition was 200,000 signatures, and thanks to the help of Soi Dog’s supporters, currently stands at 214,634.
In recent weeks, Soi Dog Foundation received an urgent request from CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth), an animal welfare foundation based in South Korea.
Following a crackdown on the notorious Moran market, where on-site slaughtering of dogs was happening, dog meat butchers were banished from the area. In turn, some of those butchers illegally occupied land owned by the Korea Land & Housing Corporation, claiming that they had facilities on the land prior to it being bought. The group demands that the housing corporation pay them compensation.
To provide backing up to their claim, they built dog enclosures on-site and then proceeded to dump around 200 dogs there. Around 60 dogs have already been rescued but the rest remain and they are in critical condition. The conditions are horrific, and many of the dogs have not survived. Those that still survive are only been given rotting food to eat. The enclosures are filthy and covered in faeces, flies, and insects. Decaying bodies of dead dogs lie everywhere. The survivors are fighting terrible skin problems, with many having lost all their hair whilst some others have tumors. All are severely emaciated.
These innocent dogs are being used to add weight to the claim that the butchers are owed compensation. Soi Dog is providing financial help to fund CARE’s rescue mission as their shelter is already operating at full capacity and unable to cope with all 142 remaining dogs at once.
This horror is a devastating emergency but with your help, we can stop it. Thank you for being the voice of these innocent dogs.
By Siti Nurhafizah Khalip | Supporter Engagement Coordinator
Soi Dog, Instinct De Vies and Hanoi officials meet
While dogs are still being subjected to the barbaric dog meat trade, Soi Dog will not stop doing all they can to save them, and find them loving homes. These dogs can only be helped thanks to people like you, who support Soi Dog's work through GlobalGiving.
In Vietnam, a series of films financed by Soi Dog and produced by the national television channel, exposed the corruption and cruelty of the local dog and cat meat trade. Soi Dog Foundation co-founder, John Dalley, recently met with senior officials in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss the ending of dog and cat meat consumption in the city within five years. He was accompanied by other staff members from Soi Dog Foundation and members of “Instinct de Vies”, a French-founded, Vietnam-based dog and cat welfare group.
The city of Hanoi has requested help from Soi Dog to end rabies and train veterinarians. A firm commitment from the mayor and the people’s committee was also given to close the existing known 700 plus establishments selling dog and cat meat.
Asia’s dog meat trade will only end through pressure for legislative change and this will not happen overnight. However, Soi Dog Foundation is in this fight for the long-haul, and are hopeful major progress can be made in 2018 based on current discussions with the authorities.
A victim of the vile dog meat trade, Jess was snatched from the streets of Thailand and crammed into a cage that was not even big enough for one dog to stand in. But Jess was not alone.
That cage already had several other petrified dogs in it. The cage was flung on top of another cage, on a truck carrying hundreds of such cages. Several hundred innocent Thai dogs were headed across the border where they would face torture and slaughter in Vietnam. But thanks to the support of people like you, Jess - and all those travelling with her - were rescued that day.
Their rescue, and the rescue of thousands of others over the years, signaled the beginning of the end for Thailand's dog meat trade. Thanks to everyone who has joined the fight against the Asian dog meat trade, Jess and thousands of others have escaped unbelievable cruelty and the most horrendous death. Jess was adopted and now lives with a wonderful family in Scotland, where she is so very loved.
Thank you for being a voice for the dogs of Asia. With more people like you on board, many more animals like Jess can be saved from the Asian dog meat trade.
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