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
Cao Treo Border Poster Vietnam May 2015
Cao Treo Border Poster Vietnam May 2015

Thanks to people like you, we're able to make big strides in bringing Thailand's illegal dog meat trade to an end. But we still have a long way to go, and we still need your help. The dogs at the shelter in Buriram which we saved from being illegally transported to Vietnam for the dog meat restaurants are all doing really well. The great news is that over the last 12 months, we've managed to get about 150 of them adopted to various countries overseas. But we still have well over a thousand left at the shelter, and we still need to pay for their medical costs and food. It's only because of people like you that we can do this.

Our work in terms of raiding and closing down illegal dog slaughterhouses in the North East of Thailand also continues; on the 1st of June 2015 and the 2nd of June 2015 we conducted separate raids on two slaughterhouses in Udonthani and NongKai respectively, rescuing one live dog in the process and arresting three people, who have all now been charged by the police. Unfortunately, we also recovered 42 kilogrammes of dog meat in the process.

On 24th of May 2015 we were able to erect four large posters at the border crossing between Laos and Vietnam at Cao Treo, warning dog smugglers of the penalties involved in trafficking dogs. This is part of a bigger programme we are conducting in Vietnam with our partners in the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA). Several famous Vietnamese pop stars, dance stars, models and movie directors contributed their time free of charge to make a viral video, which is now circulating not just in Vietnam, but globally. It calls on the youth of Vietnam to sign a petition requesting the Vietnamese government to make the trade in, and consumption of dogs, illegal. You can help by watching the video and signing the international petition at https://savedogs.soidog.org/vietnam

We're also expanding our dog and cat sterilisation and vaccination programme to Khao Lak in Phang Nga (Thailand) and  to Bangkok soon as well. And of course we are still taking care of over 400 street dogs and 40 cats at the shelter here in Phuket.

All these activities are costly, and as we receive no government funding, we rely totally on people like you to help us do our work. Thanks so much for everything you do for us and the street dogs and cats in this part of the world.

Vietnamese Viral Video Still April 2015
Vietnamese Viral Video Still April 2015
Slaughterhouse Freezer With Dog Meat June 2015
Slaughterhouse Freezer With Dog Meat June 2015

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Thai poster against the dog meat trade
Thai poster against the dog meat trade

Thanks to your incredible support, Soi Dog is pleased to announce that we are winning the war against Thailand's illegal dog meat trade. Back in 2011, we estimated that upwards of 500,000 Thai dogs per year were caught up in this barbaric industry. Some were sent to China for consumption, some to Vietnam, and some were for local consumption in northern Thailand. Thanks to you, we've managed to reduce this number down to a few thousand a year. Whilst this is a good start, we are desperate to stop the trade completely, hence there is still much work to be done.

We've now put up over 3,000 posters in north eastern Thailand warning dog smugglers of the penalties they will face if they are caught, and encouraging local people to call a hotline if they see dogs being transported illegally. More posters are going up every day. This campaign has been hugely successful, with over 100 arrests so far. The Thai army has been very supportive of our actions to date, and we look forward to continued successful collaboration with them.

The 1,500 dogs rescued from the horrific dog meat trade are all doing well at the shelter in Buriram, but in reality, whilst they are all fit, happy and healthy, we don't want them to spend the rest of their lives there. Two days ago we started a viral social media campaign to find forever homes for each and every one of them. It's an ambitious project; Soi Dog manages to get on average about 400 animals in our care adopted every year. So we're working even harder than ever to make sure all the dogs do get a second chance at life with new, loving families.

Finally, We are really grateful to British actors Peter Egan and Dame Judi Dench who led a number of other famous actors in an Early Day Motion on the Asian dog meat trade at the British House of Commons earlier this year. It was so successful that there will be an official debate on the subject amongst backbenchers at a later date. If we can get the British government to start pressurising their counterparts in the relevant Asian countries to close down the dog (and cat)meat industries, it will be a huge help to us.

Soi Dog could not do any of this without you. On behalf of all the helpless street dogs in Thailand, thanks so much for all your support. You really are amazing. 

Adoption viral social media campaign
Adoption viral social media campaign
Dame Judi Dench at the House of Commons
Dame Judi Dench at the House of Commons

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Thank you for your important support for Soi Dog Foundation's campaign to eliminate the horrific dog meat trade in Thailand and the surrounding region.

While this trade continues, we are happy to report that a recent campaign launched by Soi Dog in collaboration with Environment Films has helped raise the awareness of this issue to levels much higher than ever before. A short video called “I Didn’t Know” starring Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench, Peter Egan and other UK celebrities was launched in conjunction with a petition and the support has been tremendous. We asked people who signed the petition and have since also asked people to sponsor a billboard to help end the dog meat trade. Approximately 2,000 billboards have been placed and more are planned both in north/northeast Thailand as well as in border areas of Vietnam where traffickers transit through. (The Vietnamese posters being different than the Thai ones). 

Soi Dog Foundation remains determined to eliminate the dog meat trade in the region. We continue to work as part of ACPA (Asia Canine Protection Alliance), our partnership with Animals Asia, Humane Society International, and Change for Animals Foundation.ACPA has been recently in discussions with an advertising agency in Vietnam to develop a youth campaign against the dog meat there. Part of this campaign will be the production of a viral video using local pop and film stars, based on the “I Didn’t Know” campaign. This campaign will be aimed at motivating youth to sign a petition to the Vietnamese authorities to ban the sale and consumption of dog meat, and will then directly address existing consumers of dog meat.

Soi Dog and ACPA are also planning a poster campaign at the Cau Treo Laos/Vietnamese border crossing where many smuggled dogs pass through. The local Vietnamese Department of Animal Health will seek approval from the Ha Tinh People's Committee for their approval to place the posters along roads leading up to the crossing point, and at the actual crossing point itself. Cao Treo has traditionally been the main smuggling route of Thai dogs from Laos into Vietnam.

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A dog who was just rescued from the dog meat trade
A dog who was just rescued from the dog meat trade

Thank you for your important support for Soi Dog Foundation's campaign to eliminate the horrific dog meat trade in Thailand and the surrounding region.

While tens of thousands of dogs were smuggled from Thailand to Vietnam every year in the past, we are very happy to report that we have seen almost no evidence of the export of live dogs from Thailand for the meat trade for several months. However, the dog meat traders haven't given up. Soi Dog and our partner, Watch Dog Thailand, have placed agents in northeast Thailand who are finding more signs of the dog meat trade within Thailand, and we are determined to also bring this to an end. Additionally, we are finding more evidence of the use of dog skins for leather, and we have supported raids on homemade tanneries that process dog skin to produce leather. We don't yet know where this leather is sold, but it may be exported worldwide labeled as very soft cow leather for products such as golf gloves.

Soi Dog Foundation is determined to eliminate the dog meat trade in the region. Vietnam is responsible for the majority of dog meat consumption in Southeast Asia and now that we have attacked the supply side of the international trade, the next step is to address the demand in Vietnam. The best way to do this is through ACPA (Asia Canine Protection Alliance), our partnership with Animals Asia, Humane Society International, and Change for Animals Foundation. A couple weeks ago, a meeting was held in Hanoi to plan ACPA's approach and we decided to launch a multipronged public awareness campaign in Vietnam to persuade people not to eat dog meat. Additionally, some of our colleagues in Vietnam are doing research to find the sources of the dogs eaten there and where the animals are slaughtered, which will help us determine where to focus our undercover work.

Dogs saved from the cruel dog meat trade
Dogs saved from the cruel dog meat trade
Dogs who were just rescued from a smugglers' truck
Dogs who were just rescued from a smugglers' truck

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A dog rescued from a dog smugglers' truck

Asia’s dog meat trade is one of the largest animal welfare concerns in the world. Millions of dogs in Thailand – people’s pets as well as community dogs – have been stolen in the dark of night, crushed into cages in trucks, and smuggled to Vietnam where they are sold in slaughterhouses and meat markets as part of the cruel and illegal dog meat trade. Many dogs die during the two day journey without food or water. Those who survive are brutally slaughtered, often after being skinned alive or tortured because of a belief that pain makes meat tender.

 

In 2011, Soi Dog Foundation launched a campaign to eradicate Thailand’s dog meat trade. Soi Dog’s undercover investigators collect information about dog smugglers and inform border patrols and other law enforcement agencies, who intercept the trucks, arrest the traders, and rescue the animals from horrific fates. As a result of their efforts, more than 10,000 dogs have been saved from the meat trade. Although the smugglers used to travel across the border along the fastest route in large trucks, in order to avoid being detected they began to use smaller vehicles, try more difficult routes, and transport far fewer dogs. In recent months, virtually no trucks have been found bringing dogs from Thailand to Vietnam.

 

The Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) was formed by Humane Society International, Animals Asia, Soi Dog Foundation, and Change for Animals Foundation in 2013 to eliminate the dog meat trade from the region. ACPA has hosted two conferences in the last year with high level government officials from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia to persuade them to effectively enforce the laws against the dog meat trade. This approach complements the raids on dog smugglers: while that produces rapid results, this political approach is having a sustained long-term impact.

 

The dogs rescued from the meat trade are brought to rescue shelters that are operated by the government and funded by Soi Dog. Thousands of dogs now live there. While Soi Dog provides their food, vaccines, and medical care and ensures the conditions are adequate, the shelters have minimal staffing and hundreds of dogs live in each enclosure. Many of them are former pets who are starved for attention, and some live in fear of the other dogs and lurk in the corners of the shelters. There is an urgent need to find permanent loving homes for as many of these dogs as possible, especially the ones who are desperate to live with people. After surviving the horrors of the meat trade, they face the possibility of spending the rest of their lives in a government shelter.

 

Every year, Soi Dog Foundation sends hundreds of dogs to adopters around the world, especially in the United States. Each adopter works with an adoption coordinator to choose a dog who is a good match for them, and Soi Dog makes all the arrangements. The adopter only needs to pay for the necessary expenses of sending the animal abroad (which is often less than the cost of buying a purebred) and they pick up their new companion at any major airport. You can give a new life to a dog who was saved from the meat trade, and have a loyal new best friend.

 

Find out how you can adopt a dog rescued from the dog meat trade by contacting Cristy at cristy@soidog.org.

 

Learn more about the campaign to eliminate the dog meat trade at www.SoiDog.org/en/dogmeat and www.facebook.com/SoiDogPageInEnglish.

Dogs rescued from a dog smugglers' truck
Dogs rescued from a dog smugglers' truck
Treating sick dogs from the dog meat trade
Treating sick dogs from the dog meat trade
A dog smugglers' truck
A dog smugglers' truck

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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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