The dog meat trade and the dusty streets of Tha Khaek, Laos

5 Oct

Stray dog on Tha Khaek, Laos side street

The soles of my feet are black and my nose is blocked. Tha Khaek is one of the dustiest towns I’ve ever visited. Luckily we’re only passing through.

Last night as I tried to sleep I could hear the sounds of hundreds of dogs howling in the distance. I found out today that the place is a stopping off point for those involved in the illegal Thai/ Lao/Vietnamese dog meat trade.

Stray dogs are gathered or sold from the streets in eastern Thailand and parts of Laos, then sorted into groups based on health, and shipped all the way over to Hanoi to be slaughtered and sold. Hundreds of dogs are captured each day for their meat but many die before they’ve even reached Hanoi.

Dusty streets of Tha Khaek, Laos

If the dogs are in really bad health, they’re slaughtered in Laos and the meat is mashed up into a pulp and then moulded into long thin irregular sausage like shapes. Tha Khaek bus station is filled with newsagent like shops selling them.

Meat from a dog hanging up in the front of a shop in Tha Khaek bus station.


3 Responses to “The dog meat trade and the dusty streets of Tha Khaek, Laos”

  1. Paul Struthers October 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    The photos are amazing!

    • clarehudson October 20, 2011 at 4:27 am #

      Thanks. Your comments went to spam for some reason x

  2. Joan Hudson October 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Oh Clare you and Dom must have felt bad about the poor old doggies – the one you’ve photographed looks like a gorgeous dog!
    Dom I loved your account of the bikes and Paul falling off on that rickety bridge!! Glad it wasn’t you

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