Southeast Asian Governments Take Steps to End Dog Meat Trade Asia Canine Protection Alliance urges governments
HANOI, Vietnam (29 Aug. 2013)--Concerned about the spread of rabies, officials from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have agreed to consider a five-year moratorium on the commercial transport of dogs from one country to another to end the inhumane trade in dogs for meat. If a moratorium is enacted, the impact on rabies transmission in the region will be measured. In Thailand, where the trade is illegal, an agreement to better enforce regulations was made.
Attendees met with animal welfare coalition Asia Canine Protection Alliance at a meeting in Hanoi where they agreed to discuss approval of the moratorium recommendations among their respective governments. ACPA is made up of Change For Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, Animals Asia and Soi Dog Foundation acting both locally within Asia and internationally. ACPA will provide financial assistance, expertise and other resources as needed.
The commercial trade in dogs for meat is responsible for slaughtering an estimated 5 million dogs for human consumption per year. Thailand, Cambodia and Laos supply dogs for the trade into Vietnam, where they are slaughtered and consumed. Dog meat production has evolved from small-scale household businesses to a multi-million dollar industry of illicit traders that causes animal suffering and poses a health risk to humans.
The trade in dogs for meat is thwarting rabies elimination efforts. Countries aren’t complying with their own national animal disease prevention measures, nor are they following global recommendations for rabies control and elimination. In the trade, dogs of unknown origin and background are stolen from the streets, many of whom are pets, and transported without food or water, over long distances, from one country to another. Many dogs carry diseases, and transport conditions increase the possibility of disease exchange, including rabies.