Thai pets being stolen for dog meat

A pick-up truck packed full of captured dogs arrives in Ban Tharae.

Thai pet owners have been warned to be on the lookout for dog thieves after more than 2,000 dogs have been seized from dog meat traffickers in the country over the last 6 months.

Dog meat is rarely eaten in Thailand but stray dogs and pets are often captured by traffickers and taken to the town of Ban Tharae, the centre of the country’s multi-million dollar dog meat industry, around 700km north of Bangkok. Here, they are kept in cages, then their muzzles and paws are bound, and they are packed into wire crates and trucked alive across the border through Laos and on to Vietnam and China, destined for dinner tables.

Image taken 23 Feb 2011

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