750 Dogs Saved From Becoming Dinner Delicacy in Vietnam

Thai Navy intercepts dog smugglers on the shores of the Mekong River.

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750 Dogs Saved From Becoming Dinner Delicacy in Vietnam
The lucky ones. (Photo: YouTube)

Dog meat is a delicacy in Vietnam, and the doomed pooches crammed in rusty cages were destined for dinner tables until Thai Naval officials intervened, The Washington Post reports. 

Captain Thirikiat Thongaram says the patrol intercepted dog smugglers on the shores of the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province. The dogs were on a truck near a ferry that was to take them across the river to Vietnam. The Mekong River flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, making it a perfect route for smuggled goods.

One Thai man was arrested on multiple charges, including the illegal transportation of animals, while his accomplices escaped.

The dogs will be sent to a shelter in Nakhon Phanom. Sadly, Navy officers found about 100 empty cages at the scene, a sign that as many as 2,000 dogs may have already been slaughtered.

Life with Dogs reports that while most Thai people believe eating dogs contradicts Buddhist teaching, others have cashed in and made a small fortune collecting and exporting stray and “nuisance” dogs to Vietnam. Some Thai authorities see the dog trade as a way of getting rid of an unwanted problem—less serious than drug smuggling or illegal immigration—while Thai animal advocates decry it as uncivilized and unnecessary.