Please put an end to the illegal dog meat trade
Dear Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra,
I am disappointed to
see that despite numerous arrests and publicity, the illegal trade in dogs for
meat and skin continues, both within Thailand and from Thailand to
Because most of these
dogs are not vaccinated for rabies and can spread the disease this severely
compromises Thailand's commitment as a member of ASEAN to eradicate rabies by
the year 2020.
In addition the people
of Thailand should be aware of the dangers of eating dog meat which has been
demonstrated in Vietnam and China to be a cause of outbreaks of diseases such
as cholera and trichinellosis.
Smugglers collect and
steal dogs across the country and transport them to central holding facilities
in Northern Thailand. An increasing number of the dogs are stolen pets.
Transporting unvaccinated dogs across provinces within the country, as well as
to other countries, is illegal.
The people behind the
trade openly boast that the industry is worth 1 billion Thai baht (30 million
US dollars) per year but they pay no tax on the profits, and the industry
thrives on corruption.
As the international
community becomes more aware of the trade in dogs for meat and skin, Thailand's
reputation as a nation of caring people is being severely tarnished by the
actions of a few greedy criminals.
The Department of
Livestock Development, which is sheltering and providing for the dogs rescued
from the trade, currently has no budget for this which has resulted in over 70%
of all rescued dogs dying from disease, injuries and starvation.
We respectfully ask
that the Government of Thailand:
- Stop the trade and arrest those people behind it who are
well known to the authorities.
- Stop the open sale of dog meat and dog products at shops
and restaurants in Thailand, none of which operate legally.
- Provide funding to the Department of Livestock Development
to care for the dogs rescued from the trade.
- Ban the export of dog skin and the manufacture and export
of dog skin products.