On August 30th, 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam history was made. After a meeting with the Soi Dog Foundation, Humane Society International, Change For Animals Foundation, Animals Asia and Government officials from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, the 4 countries have agreed to consider a 5 year moratorium on the commercial transport of dogs from 1 country to another to end the inhumane trade in dogs for meat. 

Although it is already illegal in Thailand, an agreement was made to better enforce regulations. This marks a significant step forward given the deeply entrenched dog meat trade in SE Asia.

An estimated 5 million dogs per year are slaughtered for human consumption per year and the commercial trade in dogs for meat is responsible for this. The countries of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos supply the dogs for the trade into Vietnam, where they are slaughtered and eaten. The dog meat production has evolved from small-scale household businesses to a multi-million dollar industry of illicit traders that cause enormous animal suffering. It also poses a health risk to humans.

According to John Dailey, Vice President of The Soi Dog Foundation ( who was present at the meeting to advocate against the dog meat trade, “This is not a debate about culture or custom. This is an issue of human health. The trade we are seeing in the region is profit-driven and is not motivated by any desire to maintain a culture. It is also worth noting that no country in the world has explicitly legalized the production of, trade in and consumption of dog meat.”

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement, Humane Society International, also addressed the human health risk from consuming dog meat: “Rabies and other communicable diseases, such as cholera and trichinellosis, represent a major public health threat throughout Asia. An end to the trade will help human health and help save the lives of countless dogs who suffer in the trade. Evidence makes clear the inherent cruelty in all stages of the trade---from sourcing and transport, to sale and eventual slaughter.”

Congratulations to these four S.E. Asian countries for taking these ground-breaking steps to end the inhumane trade in dogs for human consumption. China and South Korea take heed!


Responses to "Breaking News: 4 Southeast Asian Governments Take Steps To End The Dog meat Trade (Video)"

  1. Sandy says:

    Thank God!!! and the people He sent to help the dogs!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful news! So happy for the doggies in Asia who are effected.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It's about time! Congratulations on finally taking a stand and protecting these precious dogs.

  4. Anonymous says:

    That is the best news I have heard in a long time. It sickens me to think of the agony and fear those poor 5 million dogs went through, more dogs than the human population of my entire country! Well Done!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much in name of those who suffer. no matter if they're animals or human. thanks thanks thanks.

  6. Awesome breakthrough! Thank you for sharing this.
    YES!!! ~Heidi

  7. excellent news!!!

    please peeps, NO animals are menu options!

  8. Unknown says:

    Wonderful news!!! Its about time too!! Thank you!!

  9. Unknown says:

    Wonderful news!!! Its about time too!! Thank you!!

  10. Unknown says:

    My question is, Are these people so poor that they cannot afford to buy meat. I remember back in the 70's in 1970 After the Vietnam War we had People, From Vietnam working with us and they also were killing dogs in their neighborhood and bringing the dog meat to work to warm up to eat. We noticed an odd smell from what they were warming up there lunch and I had ask them what they were cooking. They had wrapped the dog meat in foil. So I listened to what they had to say. I was in shock when they started tell me that they really liked
    Red dogs, they have better flavor. I was so angry, I told the Vietnamese That in America we do not eat r the dogs nor do we steal the neighbors dogs and eat them. I told them that they would be arrested and put in jail if they got caught stealing someone's pet dog, And eating them. I told my bosses at that time in 1974.
    Told them they cannot bring dog meet to work, and if they did they would be fired. Well the next day
    We could smell that smell of dog meat, and they did not listen, so the ones who brought the dog
    to work got fired, no work no money. They were in dog meat heaven.

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