Af Gregg Tully, Thailand
Sterilizing and Vaccinating Dogs Rescued from the Dog Meat Trade
Tens of thousands of dogs are cruelly transported from Thailand through Laos to Vietnam every year where they are butchered by horrific methods. The conditions under which the dogs are transported and slaughtered are unimaginable and many die from su‑ffocation long before they reach their final destination. In reality these are the lucky ones. Those who have survived the unbearable journey are often brutally killed. Although the trade is illegal in all countries involved, the enforcement of the laws has been lacking and smugglers were traveling at night without difficulty.
In northeast Thailand, Soi Dog Foundation is working to end the dog meat trade primarily by funding undercover investigators who collect information about the dog smugglers, including what routes they take and when they transport dogs. They then inform the border patrols and other law enforcement staff‑ who intercept the trucks. This has been highly successful: while large trucks frequently crossed the border filled with dogs a year ago, now very few smaller trucks make the trip. However, the dog smugglers are seeking new routes to avoid Soi Dog’s agents.
When a dog meat truck is intercepted, the dogs in it are brought to shelters managed by the Livestock Department. These shelters were not designed for dogs and the Livestock Department has no budget for caring for dogs, although there are now thousands in their shelters. As a result, more than half of these dogs have died of starvation and disease. They were even having puppies in the shelters, showing the urgent need for Animal Birth Control in the shelters.
With the generous support of Animal SOS, Soi Dog Foundation sends veterinary teams to the shelters to sterilize, vaccinate, and treat the dogs. Many have injuries and illnesses resulting from abuse and mistreatment when in the dog meat trade. Diseases spread rapidly when the dog smugglers gather dozens or hundreds of unvaccinated dogs into holding centers. And of course, spaying and neutering the dogs is essential to produce a stable, healthier population. This Animal Birth Control program is preventing the dogs from reproducing and is stopping the spread of disease.
Soi Dog Foundation is grateful to Animal SOS for its contributions to this Animal Birth Control program which provides the dogs rescued from the dog meat trade with more humane living conditions. [divider]
Dyrenes SOS har støttet dette projekt med kr. 7500,00[divider]
af ABC-programmer for hunde, som er blevet reddet fra madindustrien.