Hundreds of dogs saved from becoming “exotic dishes”
BANGKOK (Aug 13, 2011) : Thai police stopped a convoy carrying 1,800 caged dogs that were believed destined for Vietnamese restaurants’ “famous exotic dishes,” media reports said Saturday.
Acting on a tip from an animal protection group, police arrested three Thai nationals and one Vietnamese Thursday night in Nakhon Pathom province, 600km north-east of Bangkok, and seized five trucks loaded with 1,800 canines packed in small cages, The Nation newspaper reported.
“Police believe all the dogs would have been transferred to a ship … across the Mekong River to be sold in Vietnam, where lots of dogs are ordered to be cooked as famous exotic dishes,” Nakhon Pathom governor Rernsak Mahawinijchaimontree said.
Nakhon Pathom province lies across the Mekong from Khammouan, Laos, from which it is a short drive to the Lao-Vietnamese border. Dogs destined for Vietnam can fetch between 500 baht to 1,000 baht (RM50 to RM100) a head in Thailand, where the populace is generally averse to eating dog meat. — dpa