Every year, thousands of dogs are butchered across Southeast Asia for many reasons. But even with this kind of barbarism, several animal welfare groups are working hard to stop this act towards animals. One of the groups who tirelessly work for this goal is Four Paws, and they are making progress along the way.
Volunteers of the group found out about the animal rights abuses in the Southeast Asian region in 2019. After their investigation, the group went to save dogs and cats in Vietnam, where killing is rampant. The group’s investigation showed that at least 500,000 dogs are killed every year in the country.
Some of the butchered dogs are also sold because eating dog meats is also a thing. According to the group’s report, dog meats could be sold at $11 per kilo. Dr. Katherine Polak, the head of Four Paws in the region, said that the figure is saddening, so the group works hard to save as many dogs as possible.
For the group, the practices done by some people in this country are not only cruel but also creates a disturbance in healthy practices. This is because the approach could lead to an outbreak of diseases that spread between humans and animals.
Fortunately, the group has recently scored a victory against animal cruelty in Vietnam. In March this year, Four Paws successfully resolved to close one of the prolific dog meat restaurants in Vietnam, the Than Binh.
According to Dr. Katherine, the restaurant is one of the sources of dog meat in the country. This is why its closing sends a stern message to anyone who would dare to do the same act to rethink their choices. Dr. Katherine said that the group is just starting, and they will continue working hard until all establishments of this kind halts operation.
Vietnam cat and dog slaughterhouse CLOSED! The sign is taken down, the 20 cats and 5 dogs are out and in our care, and no animal will ever have to die here ever again! #ProtectMillions pic.twitter.com/T8NzZ6IS5Q
— FOUR PAWS USA (@FOURPAWSUSA) December 16, 2020
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