In a report last week from Bloomberg Businessweek, police in the northeastern section of Thailand near the Laos border made a grisly discovery of hundreds of dog skins alongside a pile of dog bones.
Authorities speculate that smugglers were trying to bring dogs into Vietnam or China to be used for human consumption in restaurants and for their skins. Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand have been trying to stop the unregulated and heinous dog meat industry.
In most of the cases, dogs are crammed into cages with no food or water and hoisted upon open trucks for the long journeys.
Once the dogs arrive, the completely unregulated slaughter is inhumane and despicable.
Since 2011, the number of smuggled dogs are way down thanks to ongoing legislation and public outrage.
And now, according to John Dalley, the co-founder of Soi Dog Foundation, the website Alibaba.com has gloves made from dog skin advertised for sale. Dalley stated the skin from male dogs' testicles are favored because the skin is "particularly soft."
Dalley claims their skin is even used for musical instruments from drums to guitars.
“The smugglers are paying huge amounts of money to authorities to turn the other way,” says Dalley.
Many of the dogs on these trucks are stolen house pets. Although Thailand has an extremely high rate of strays roaming the streets, the dogs are too difficult to catch.
Officials are also trying to cut down on the cases of rabies. Thousands of dogs never vaccinated dogs against rabies have created a serious problem.
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