"Dog-Meat Mafia" Fuels Thailand's Canine Trade

In Thailand stray dogs and pets are being illegally snatched, bought, or even bartered for household items, then smuggled to Vietnam, where they are sold, butchered and eaten.

With bribery at border checkpoints, apathy in the transit country of Laos, and northern Vietnam's appetite for one million dogs a year, Thai authorities are struggling to stop an estimated 200,000 dogs every year being exported alive in this international racket.

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Vietnam stills and video by Tim Gerard Barker with additional footage from Colin Elphick, Craig Skehan and file footage provided by the Soi Dog Foundation and Animals Asia.