For many of us dog lovers in the United States, our canine companions are our best friends and beloved family members. But in other cultures, dogs are sometimes captured, killed, and then eaten. Which not only puts innocent animals at risk, but spreads rabies like crazy.
That’s why closing a dog meat slaughterhouse in Vietnam is a huge victory for International Society for the Protection of Animals.
To our dismay, there is a market for dog meat. Not everyone sees canines as companion animals, but rather as a means of making a profit. Sadly, dogs go missing all the time in Vietnam and families are left wondering what happened to their beloved best friends.
Every year, five million dogs are stolen from their family or taken off the street to be slaughtered for human consumption. And Vietnam kills more dogs for their meat than any other country in Southeast Asia. which is exactly why Humane Society International is working very hard to shut down dog slaughterhouses.
In fact, earlier this month, International Humane Society He managed to locate a slaughterhouse, shut it down, and save 18 beautiful babies from being on someone’s plate. The slaughterhouse had euthanized between 10 and 15 dogs every day for the past five years. But the owner changed his mind and was ready to give up his remaining dogs and shut down for good.
“I know in my heart that killing and eating dogs is wrong, and it was getting harder and harder for me to do it,” the owner said.
He said he felt that being part of the dog meat trade was “bringing bad karma on his family,” and that he was relieved to now be working with International Society for the Protection of Animals. He is now the first former slaughterhouse owner in Vietnam to join HSI. Models for Change program, which help people get out of the hateful and dangerous dog meat trade.
The dog meat trade not only poses a threat to dogs across the country, it also puts humans at risk.
“The dog meat trade is not only incredibly cruel, but also poses a serious risk to human health by transmitting potentially fatal diseases such as rabies,” said Phuong Tham, country director for Humane Society International in Vietnam.
Now, the 18 dogs that were delivered are destined for a future filled with lots of love. First, they will receive the medical care they desperately need, and then they will go to loving homes. They will finally live the life they truly deserve!
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