For at least the past 30 years a little known trade has existed within Thailand that has seen millions of Thai dogs smuggled illegally to Vietnam via Laos for human consumption. In addition hundreds of thousands of dogs are slaughtered within Thailand for their skins and for local consumption. This is also illegal.
The Trade of Shame has been founded to bring an end to this trade.
WHY? Not only is the trade illegal because of disease prevention regulations designed to stop the spread of rabies and other communicable diseases such as cholera and Trichinosis, it is extremely cruel. Dogs are packed tightly into cages and transported often for days without food and water.
Examples of these practices can be seen on this independently made Thai film, but extreme caution should be taken before viewing as the majority of people will find some of the scenes contained extremely disturbing.
DO PEOPLE NEED TO EAT DOGS? Many years ago in times of famine poor people would eat whatever they could including dogs, cats, rats etc.. Today dog meat is considered a delicacy and eaten in the misguided belief that it has aphrodisiac and other properties. It is not cheap. Even in Thailand where it is openly on sale, the cost is 200 Thai baht (around $7) per kilo compared with chicken available at 49 Thai baht per kilo. Eating dog meat is dangerous. In Vietnam where it is not illegal the cost is much higher and the business is totally unregulated and no standards of hygiene are followed. This has led to numerous outbreaks of Cholera and even rabies in some areas. Outbreaks of Trichinosis have occurred in Thailand where dog meat is consumed though no direct link has been established.
DO THAI PEOPLE AGREE WITH EATING DOGS OR WITH THE DOG MEAT TRADE? Research has shown that many Thai people do not even know about the trade and 90% of people interviewed are totally against it. Dog meat is consumed only in a few areas of Thailand though there is no way of knowing if dog meat is mixed with other meat and sold to consumers unknowingly, in a similar way that dog meat has been identified in meat offered for sale in Asian restaurants in the west.
CAN THE TRADE BE STOPPED? Yes. Within Thailand we are working with local authorities to intercept and apprehend smugglers and traffickers. However to do this is costly as is caring for the thousands of dogs intercepted. The purpose of the Trade of Shame is to call upon the Thai people and the international community to take action to get the government to stop the trade once and for all. The leaders of the trade are well known to the authorities and claim the industry is worth a tax free 1 billion Thai baht per year ($34,000,000). These people are criminals and are only able to operate openly because of corruption. In addition by allowing the trade to continue the Government is encouraging the spread of rabies, which as members of ASEAN they have committed to eliminate by 2020.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Please click the button below to find out what you can do to bring the dog meat trade to an end…