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Police intercepted four trucks stacked high with crates packed with the animals in an operation Thursday in Nakhon Phanom province in northeastern Thailand, near the border with Laos.
A Nakhon Phanom livestock development official said that 1,011 dogs were being held in a government shelter after two separate raids in Nathom and Si Songkhram districts. She added that an additional 119 died either through suffocation in the cramped cages or when they were thrown from the back of the trucks as the alleged traffickers sped away from arresting officers.
Two Thai men and a Vietnamese man were charged with trafficking and the illegal transportation of animals, police case officer Captain Prawat Pholsuwan said.
“The maximum punishment is a one-year jail term and a fine of up to 20,000 baht [$670],” he said.
The dogs were transported from nearby Sakon Nakhon province and were destined to be taken across the Mekong river in Laos and into Vietnam, Prawat added.
Traffickers, who round up stray dogs and barter for pets in rural Thai villages, can receive up to $33 per dog in Vietnam, police said.
I just can’t understand how anyone could possibly think of eating whale meat, shark fins, bear gall bladders, and certainly not dogs. What do you think about this barbaric practice of eating dogs?