Dogs Smuggled for Meat to Thailand
Animal rights activists say as many as 200,000 live dogs every year are smuggled from northeast Thailand across the Mekong River destined for restaurants in Vietnam.
The activists say the dogs are often stacked 1,000 to a truck on a journey that lasts for days. They arrive at the slaughter places when they are thirsty and dehydrated according to CNN.
The are either bludgeoned to death or have their throats cut in front of other dogs who are awaiting the same fate. In some cases, they’ve been known to be skinned alive.
“Dogs are highly intelligent animals so if you kill a dog and you have a whole cage of dogs next to the one that’s being killed, those dogs that are going to be killed next know what’s going on,” said Tuan Bendixsen, the director of Animals Asia Foundation Vietnam, a Hanoi-based animal welfare group.