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Saturday 31 August 2013

Lower Mekong countries may halt dog trade: report [Dog meat is a Vietnamese delicacy. Cambodians, Thais and Laotians don't eat dog meat in their everyday meals]

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PHNOM PENH, 31st August 2013 (The Cambodia Herald) -- Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand are considering plans to halt imports and exports of dogs for five years to curb rabies, VietNamNet Bridge reported Saturday.

"Trading dogs for meat is increasingly widespread in the region," the report said, noting a link to outbreaks of diseases such as spiral worm, cholera and rabies.

Officials from the four countries have recommended "assessing the risk of the relationship between the bulk transport of dogs and the spread of rabies and promoting the implementation of the current provisions on the illegal transport of dogs.

"Countries in the region also wanted international organizations to support them with technical, manpower and financial resources to consolidate the capabilities to eliminate rabies."

The report said dog meat was industry worth millions of dollars in profits for dog smugglers.

"The rabies situation has become more serious - especially this year. One of the main reasons is smuggling of dogs across the border," Vietnamese Department of Health Deputy Director Nguyen Thu Thuy was quoted as saying.


The report said nearly 90 people in Soc Son district in Hanoi had recently been bitten by dogs.

"These were strange dogs which were tall, thin, short-haired, in yellow or light gray or ray and black. In particular, these dogs were very aggressive. They attacked anyone, anywhere," the report said.

"The local authorities set up nine teams, each team consisting of more than 30 people to hunt and kill these dogs. They also constantly used loudspeakers to alert people of the strange dogs."

In Vietnam alone, the report said, nearly nine million people are suspected of being bitten by rabid dogs resulting in almost 4,000 deaths between 1991 and 2010.
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