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Thailand's Illegal Dog Meat trade

Stalls selling dog meat line this road on the edge of Hanoi. Every year an estimated 200,000 dogs are illegally smuggled across the River Mekong, from Thailand in to Laos, where they are driven by truck to Vietnam. Stuffed in to tiny crude metal cages they are then taken up to the slaughter houses and dog meat restaurants of Hanoi, Vietnam's capital. A dog bought in Thailand for as little as US$7 can then be sold for up to US$100 in Vietnam making it a very profitable trade for the mafia gangs that control it. NGO's and officials in Thailand Northeast are fighting hard to stop the trade and in 2013 alone have saved thousands of dogs from being smuggled across the border to Laos.

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Stalls selling dog meat line this road on the edge of Hanoi. Every year an estimated 200,000 dogs are illegally smuggled across the River Mekong, from Thailand in to Laos, where they are driven by truck to Vietnam. Stuffed in to tiny crude metal cages they are then taken up to the slaughter houses and dog meat restaurants of Hanoi, Vietnam's capital. A dog bought in Thailand for as little as US$7 can then be sold for up to US$100 in Vietnam making it a very profitable trade for the mafia gangs that control it. NGO's and officials in Thailand Northeast are fighting hard to stop the trade and in 2013 alone have saved thousands of dogs from being smuggled across the border to Laos.