As many of you know Soi Dog has launched the Trade of Shame campaign to bring to an end, once and for all to the inhumane and barbaric dog meat trade. The campaign has and will continue to concentrate on the core of the problem, that being ending the trade altogether through the stronger enforcement of existing laws and the introduction of stronger animal welfare legislation.

The campaign has gone well. Since the campaigns start in August 2011 more arrests of smugglers have been made than in the preceding 15 years! BUT, this has presented another enormous challenge – how to care for the literally thousands of dogs recovereda during these arrests.

Significant efforts have been made by numerous individuals and small groups to treat and rehome these dogs located in grossly inadequate holding facilities in the isolated areas of Buriram and Khemmarat in north east Thailand. Some of the lucky dogs have been adopted in Bangkok and Soi Dog has, or is in the process of sending over 40 overseas to new homes. However a far more comprehensive approach is needed to save the lives of thousands of others still there and those that will arrive in the future.

As the Trade of Shame campaign expands more arrests will occur and until the trade is stopped this problem will only worsen. Only with your help can these dogs be saved!

Soi Dog has sent a team to the Buriram and Khemmarat holding facilities and the situation is NOT good. The findings were shocking. At Buriram we found only 20 sick dogs remaining of the close to one thousand that had previously been there.

At a meeting with the manager at the Buriram facility, he told us the other dogs (excepting the relatively small number of dogs pulled out for adoption), had either died or ran away due to the condition of the fencing. As the area is a known catching area for the dog meat traders it is logical to assume that many of the ones that ran away were probably caught again by these people and have since completed the tragic journey to Vietnam.

At the Khemmarat facility approximately 1,000 dogs remain, but they are dying at the rate of around 10 per day. The dogs are not segregated or sterilized, so puppies are already being born there. There is no qualified vet on site and the staff, although well meaning have no training in the management of dogs. Seriously ill dogs are being put in a separate building to die.

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