Thailand' s Illegal Dog Meat Trade
photo by Luke Duggleby (Freelance)

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The River Mekong with Laos at the other side. Every year an estimated 200,000 dogs are illegally smuggled across the River Mekong,from Thailand in to Laos,w here they are drive by truck to Vietnam. Nakhon Phanom Province, Thailand.

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A collaboration between NGO agents and the Mekong River Navy led to a bust of this pick up containing 130 dogs just as it was about to load them on to a boat. The smugglers fled and escaped arrest. The truck is now being driven to the police station for documentation. Nakhon Phanom,Thailand

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Crammed in to cages,up to 15 dogs at a time,the animals endure horrific condition whilst being illegally shipped to Vietnam. This shipment was stopped just before being smuggled across the River Mekong. Nakhon Phanom,Thailand

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Rescued during a recent bust on a collection centre that was about to send over 700 dogs to Laos,the dogs are now unloaded at the Government dog shelter at Nakhon Phanom,Thailand. Many won't survive the next few days.

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Rescued during a recent bust on a collection centre that was about to send over 700 dogs to Laos,the dogs are now unloaded at the Government dog shelter at Nakhon Phanom,Not having been given food or water for day many dogs die before they arrive at the shelter and many sustain broken limbs. Thailand

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A suspected dog trade truck drives along Highway 8 in Laos,the route used by smugglers. Once in Laos they drive across the country on their way to Vietnam. Every year an estimated 200,000 dogs are illegally smuggled across the River Mekong. Lak Sao, Laos.

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A roadside food vendor sells food on highway 8 -the notorious dog smuggling route. Traditionally Laos people only eat dog on special occasions as it is an expensive meat but once in Vietnam the meat would be sold on stalls like this one. Lak Sao, Vietnam

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Inside a slaughter house on the edge of Hanoi a dead dog hangs on a hook,prepared and ready to sell. Hanoi, Vietnam

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At a dog slaughter house dogs are kept in cages before being beaten to death. Then their throats cut,submerged in boiling water,paws cut-off and finally smoked on fires of straw. To the Vietnamese people this is a perfectly normal practice similar to the preparation of other meat. Hanoi,Vietnam

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A school gir1 tries to enter a dog slaughter house but stopped by the owner as a dog is killed. Hanoi. Vietnam.

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At a dog slaughter house a recently killed animal is dunked in boiling water so as to remove the fur. Then the paws are cut-off and finally smoked on fires of straw. Hanoi,Vietnam.

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Dog recently killed in a slaughter house are cleaned after having their fur scraped off. Hanoi, Vietnam.

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A killed dog is finally smoked on a fire of straw as the owners pet dog sleeps. Hanoi,Vietnam.

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On a main road leaving Hanoi, stalls sell prepared dog meat to passersby. Hanoi,Vietnam.

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At as laughter house live dogs,who have watched the other dogs be killed,must wait several days until they themselves are killed. Hanoi, Vietnam.