Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade

by Soi Dog Foundation USA
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Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Namtarn is shown kindness by one of his rescuers
Namtarn is shown kindness by one of his rescuers

Following an anonymous tip-off, Soi Dog’s undercover investigators recently approached a ramshackle building in north-eastern Thailand. Accompanied by police they were following up on reports that the premises were being used as a dog slaughterhouse.

These rescues were made possible by compassionate animal lovers like you - people who have joined our unrelenting fight against Asia’s dog meat trade. 

In a filthy back room, investigators discovered Deum and Namtarn, suffering in crude, makeshift cages, sheer terror in their eyes. Dog meat was found packed on ice and further investigation revealed torture implements used to slaughter dogs in the most horrific manner possible. 

Released from their prisons, Deum immediately cried with happiness. Namtarn lay trembling, still too terrified to understand the nightmare was over.

The chief of the local Animal Quarantine station, who is a big dog lover, immediately took the dogs out of that nightmare and to a place of safety. He is now caring for them and giving them the time and love they need to recover from their unimaginable trauma.

The butcher has been charged with animal cruelty and with selling dog meat. His barbaric slaughterhouse has been shut down for good - yet another evil killer who has been put out of business by people like you.

Just hours after this raid, the team of investigators carried out a second raid on a dog meat shop nearby, where the owner was caught cooking dog meat. Dog meat and dog body parts were seized as evidence. The owner was arrested and faces the same charges as the first butcher.

Soi Dog will never give up until the dog meat trade is over and thanks to you, the fight can continue.

The police and other authorities make an arrest
The police and other authorities make an arrest
Deum when found, waiting next to be slaughtered
Deum when found, waiting next to be slaughtered

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Boonrod, one of the victims of the Dog Meat Trade.
Boonrod, one of the victims of the Dog Meat Trade.

With your support, the illegal and barbaric smuggling of dogs from Thailand to bordering countries to be sold as dog meat, has been significantly reduced.

The fight is not over however, and Soi Dog continues to work closely with their undercover agents as well and Thai police, to catch and punish anyone who disregards the laws and is either slaughtering or smuggling dogs. Soi Dog also works closely with these authorities to ensure persons inflicting any type of cruelty are charged.

Soi Dog recently hosted Nami Kim who is working on rescuing and ending the dog meat trade in Korea. Soi Dog held discussion with Nami Kim and while not in a position to be able to expand operations into this region, Soi Dog is able to advise Nami Kim on her operations and has been able to offer support with her fundraising efforts.

Adoptions of dogs rescued from this horrendous trade continue to go strongly, with the number of rescue organisations in the US and Canada continually increasing, meaning more dogs are being sent from the dog meat trade rescue shelter to rescue groups in the US, who then find loving homes for these dogs. In June 2016, the adoptions manager in charge of the adoptions of these dogs, once again returned to the US to meet with potential rescue partners, as well as accompanying 5 more dogs to their new lives.

Soi Dog Foundation can only help these dogs because of your support. Soi Dog does not receive any government funding and relies on generous people like you to ensure these dogs are saved given the chance they deserve. Thank you for caring about the and for your support.  

Boonrod in his new, loving home in Italy.
Boonrod in his new, loving home in Italy.
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Only because of the help and support of people like you, has Thailand’s illegal dog meat trade been significantly decreased. The number of dogs being smuggled across Thailand’s northern borders has decreased, however the fight is not over, and we need to turn our attention to this horrific trade in the neighbouring countries.

Soi Dog Foundation was recently made aware that dogs are being smuggled en masse from Cambodia into Vietnam. Not only do these dogs face a gruelling journey, with no food, water or space to move, they face unimaginable horrors when they arrive in Vietnam, where they are tortured to death in the belief this makes their meat more tender.

Not only is this a disgrace from an animal cruelty standpoint, this illegal activity breeches the laws in the region that there is to be no transport of dogs between countries.

Soi Dog Foundation has been able to send an agent to Cambodia to investigate these reports. We are still waiting for the final reports, however will be ready to act if these claims are proven to be accurate.

It is only through your support that investigations can take place and strong campaigns initiated, as well as being able to care for the dogs rescued from this barbaric trade.

We are pleased to be able to report that adoptions of the dogs rescued from the dog meat trade continue to increase and Soi Dog now has a full time manager who is developing relationships with rescue organisations in the US and Canada. These rescue organisations are providing a critical service in receiving rescued dogs and finding new and loving homes for them. Sadly, there are still hundreds of dogs in need of homes who require food and shelter and medical care. But with your help, they can be provided for until new homes are found.

Soi Dog Foundation does not receive any government funding and caring for so many animals in need is costly. We rely on generous people like you to ensure these dogs are given the second chance they deserve. Thank you for caring about the dogs in Thailand and in southeast Asia. 

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Thanks to people like you, progress is being made to bring Thailand’s illegal dog meat trade to an end. While the numbers of dogs being smuggled across the northern borders is decreasing, this fight is far from over.

Thanks to Thailand’s recently introduced animal welfare laws, the smugglers are having a difficult time undertaking these illegal and cruel activities, with recent raids being performed and lives being saved.

In the north-eastern province of Nong Kai in Thailand, a concerned local provided a tip off to our undercover agents who acted in cooperation with the Royal Thai Army. Sadly 14 dogs were found slaughtered, however an arrest has been made and the perpetrator will now face justice under Thailand’s Animal Welfare Law.

Another recent raid had a better outcome with four dogs being saved from a brutal fate.Our investigators recently received intelligence from Sakon Nakhon, in the north-east of Thailand, about dogs being grabbed from the street late at night by men on motorbikes. Our anonymous source mentioned having seen the dogs packed, 1 or 2 to a sack, before the bikes sped away with them.

Upon receiving this tip-off, our investigators, with the cooperation of the Royal Thai Police, staked out the surrounding area. In the early hours of the morning, they spotted a suspicious motorbike and one of the police officers stepped out and stopped it. The driver immediately threw a sack on the ground and fled the scene at great speed. Inside the sack was one live dog.

Our investigators and the police followed the direction the bike had been headed in when stopped, and found, in a jungle clearing, a small cage containing another 3 dogs. It emerged that the area was a make-shift holding place, where dogs were kept until sufficient numbers were accumulated.

From there, they would be smuggled over the border and on to Vietnam, where they would be cruelly tortured and slaughtered for their meat. All four dogs are received food and medical treatment and are being safely sheltered. They are four incredibly lucky dogs.

Adoptions of dogs rescued from the dog meat trade are still going strong. Soi Dog has been building relationships with rescue partners on the US, UK and Europe to get more dogs into loving homes. Sadly, just under 1000 of these dogs still remain in shelters though and only with your help can we keep them fed and sheltered and have all their medical needs attended to.

As you can imagine, helping so many animals in need is costly, and as we receive no government funding, we rely totally on generous people like you to help the dogs and cats of Thailand. Thank you for caring so much about the street dogs and cats in in Thailand and southeast Asia. 

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Only because of people like you have we been able to make progress in bringing Thailand’s illegal dog meat trade to an end. Sadly though, we have a long way to go and your help is still needed.

Adoptions of the dogs rescued from the dog meat trade is still going well and thanks to rescue partners in the US, UK and Europe, we have been able to get around 180 of these survivors out of shelters and into their new and loving homes. There are still just under 1000 of these dogs still remaining in shelters though and only with your help can we keep them fed and sheltered and have all their medical needs attended to.

Thanks to new animal welfare laws introduced in Thailand in late 2014, and with the assistance of the Thai government and undercover agents, are dog smugglers now being held accountable for their actions. Arrests are now resulting in heavy fines and custodial sentences, not only deterring the illegal trade of dogs from Thailand, but punishing those who contribute to this cruelty.

We are continuing to erect large posters at the border crossings between Laos and Vietnam, a popular route for dog smuggling. These posters warn potential dog smugglers of the penalties involved in trafficking dogs.

Construction on the new dog hospital at the shelter is nearing completion and is expected to be operating by early December. This hospital will provide dogs undergoing treatment improved facilities and treatment options, providing them with the best chance possible of recovery.

Sterilisations of owned and stray dogs and cats is well underway in Khao Lak in the Phang Nga province, just north of Phuket. We are now closer to commencing the large scale sterilization program in Bangkok, which is home to an estimated 400,000 stray dogs. Staff have been employed to work on this program and are currently being trained at our Phuket shelter. As always also, we are busy caring for over 400 dogs and 40 cats at the shelter in Phuket, as well as many more animals who are receiving treatment.

As you can imagine, helping so many animals in need is costly, and as we receive no government funding, we rely totally on generous people like you to help the dogs and cats of Thailand. Thank you for caring so much about the street dogs and cats in in Thailand and southeast Asia. 

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Soi Dog Foundation USA

Location: Phuket - Thailand
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Soi Dog Foundation USA
Belinda Davis
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Belinda Davis
Phuket, None - Outside US & Thailand

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