750 Smuggled Dogs Rescued From Slaughter By Thai Navy Patrol

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Just two weeks after a similar raid that saved 300 dogs bound for Vietnamese restaurants, Thai authorities say they have intercepted another shipment of dogs before it could cross the Mekong river into Laos.

And in this case, they say the stakes were much higher. Officials found nearly 800 dogs packed into rusty cages when a river Navy patrol unit headed by by Captain Thirakiart Thong-aram intercepted the shipment in the Ban Paeng district of Nakhon Panom province. The traumatized canines were being held in a truck parked on the banks of the Mekong as it prepared to transfer its cargo to boats waiting to shuttle the dogs out of Thailand.

The Mekong flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, making for convenient transport of smuggled goods, and Thai authorities have stepped up river patrols to counter the booming dog and drug smuggling trades.

A 37-year-old villager was arrested, but the remainder of the smugglers evaded capture. Navy officers found approximately 100 empty cages at the scene – a sad indicator that as many as 2,000 dogs may have already been sent to their deaths.

The dogs were being shipped to Vietnamese restaurants, where demand and prices have escalated due to recent efforts to curtail the illegal dog meat trade. In fact, in recent months, the cost of dog meat has doubled, from 500 baht ($16) each to 1,000 baht.

Learn more about the illegal dog meat trade in the following video from Pailin Wedel: Southeast Asia’s Dog Meat Mafia.


A brief report on the raid from the AP.

15 thoughts on “750 Smuggled Dogs Rescued From Slaughter By Thai Navy Patrol”

  1. god has nothing to do with this! IF he existed, then I do believe he would have stepped in long ago – humans would have been wiped out long ago because he has failed!!!!!! Don’t humans like to wipe out their own mistakes and start again? Well god should have done the same thing centuries ago and all the god botherers today wouldn’t exist!!!!!

  2. This is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen or heard of. Thee people that do this are EVIL. The people that eat them are EVIL. Can these people not become civilized and leave these poor innocent dogs alone? Isn’t it bad enough that cows, pigs, sheep, chicken, duck, horse, and EVERY creature in the sea is already fair game to these people!!! Makes me sick, I will not travel or support this region of the world in any way. DO NOT BUY/SUPPORT any kind of merchadise that comes from Vietnam. SICK PIGS!!!!!!!

  3. This is beyond words to describe how greedy humans are. Humans will just do anything for their own profit even taking lives of other living beings. As for these “dog meat eaters” aren’t there no other food source for these low life people to consume? We are living in the future, they should learn to grow with time & their government should ban the dog meat trade. I just don’t see any benefit in consuming dog meat other than pain & death. Pls help stop animal cruelty, may GOD save all innocent animal lives.


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