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1,200 Dogs Saved from Meat Trucks: A Rush to Help Rescuers

1,200 Dogs Saved from Meat Trucks: A Rush to Help Rescuers

More than 1,200 dogs have been intercepted in two separate raids by Thai coalition forces. The Royal Thai Police, the Royal Thai Navy Border Patrol and members of the Animal Activists Alliance Thailand have arrested international dog meat smugglers in the Ban Phang District of Nakorn Phanom Province. On Saturday alone, a convoy with around 800 dogs was intercepted late at night. The dogs had been kept in the jungle for several days without food and water and are very weak.

1,200 dogs rescued and in need of care

Last August, Soi Dogs, a non profit rescue group based in Thailand, launched its Trade of Shame campaign to bring to an end to the inhumane and barbaric dog meat trade. The campaign has and will continue to concentrate on the core of the problem; that being ending the trade altogether through the stronger enforcement of existing laws and the introduction of stronger legislation. Since the campaign’s start a year ago, more arrests of smugglers have been made than in the preceding 15 years. But, this has presented another enormous challenge – how to care for the literally thousands of dogs recovered during these arrests.

The scale of the problem is massive and well beyond the normal operating budget of Soi Dogs.  Help is urgently needed to shelter and treat the rescued dogs and also help bring an end to the illegal dog meat trade. To help, please visit the Soi Dogs website here.

Brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue teams.


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3:10AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thank you Laura for the shock. 1200 dogs?

9:02AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

God Bless you Wonderful People.
China & Thailand are making what? like 2 cents on a dollar? We have no jobs here anymore because OUR government gave tax breaks to OUR companies for sending work over to THEIR country.

4:31PM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Thailand appears to be the only government in Asia which actually cares.. about wildlife, pets, the environment, anything. Nearly all Asian countries have degraded themselves to a point nearly beyond hope. There's no such thing as something called "culture" in those countries.. savage, cruel greed rules their lives.

10:31AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Thank you to the rescue groups. Also, for opening my eyes to the fact that not all Asians are heartless killers of animals. Our battle as custodians of the earth is an ongoing, heartbreaking one. I long for the day 'when the lion shall lie down with the lamb'. It is the only belief that gives me the will to continue. God bless all those who defend the animals.

1:59AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

yhamk you for sharing,and thank you to the people who saved the dogs 12/7

3:01AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013 those countries people should just eat each other and don't eat dog's meat..this is HORRIBLE!!!!!

11:47AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:23PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

I don't like it, I understand why people in complete poverty do this but smuggling for money is horrendous.

9:27PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

I just cry every time I log on to this site. What a sick bunch of f.....g aholes are in the world!

3:06AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

God almighty this dog meat trade is an EPEDEMIC. I have such a hard time with this issue that i can no longer look at any images of this horror. Though i'm releived that these particular dogs were spared for now,but how about all the other trucks carrying thousands of other new dogs??? Sadly millions are brutally treated then killed in agonizing fashion. These countries need to start stepping up and jail all involved in this crisis. We all can do more just spreading the word and maybe signing these petitions but these governments are the ones that can really put an end to this and help these innocent dogs and cats. God i wish i could save all these dogs and do more. For all the dogs in this crisis,we have not forgotten you and we will keep fighting for you.

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