Please Help The Innocent Victims

                      Of The Dog Meat Trade!


                  Your Help Is Needed Now...


Dear Friends and Supporters of Soi Dog,

This is one of the most important letters I have ever written. Your help is urgently needed today to save the lives of thousands of homeless dogs rescued from the insidious dog meat trade from Thailand to Vietnam and southern China.

As many of you know Soi Dog has launched the Trade of Shame campaign to bring to an end, once and for all to the inhumane and barbaric dog meat trade. The campaign has and will continue to concentrate on the core of the problem, that being ending the trade altogether through the stronger enforcement of existing laws and the introduction of stronger animal welfare legislation.

The campaign has gone well. Since the campaigns start in August 2011 more arrests of smugglers have been made than in the preceding 15 years! BUT, this has presented another enormous challenge – how to care for the literally thousands of dogs recovereda during these arrests.

Significant efforts have been made by numerous individuals and small groups to treat and rehome these dogs located in grossly inadequate holding facilities in the isolated areas of Buriram and Khemmarat in north east Thailand. Some of the lucky dogs have been adopted in Bangkok and Soi Dog has, or is in the process of sending over 40 overseas to new homes. However a far more comprehensive approach is needed to save the lives of thousands of others still there and those that will arrive in the future.

As the Trade of Shame campaign expands more arrests will occur and until the trade is stopped this problem will only worsen. Only with your help can these dogs be saved!

Soi Dog has sent a team to the Buriram and Khemmarat holding facilities and the situation is NOT good. The findings were shocking. At Buriram we found only 20 sick dogs remaining of the close to one thousand that had previously been there.

At a meeting with the manager at the Buriram facility, he told us the other dogs (excepting the relatively small number of dogs pulled out for adoption), had either died or ran away due to the condition of the fencing. As the area is a known catching area for the dog meat traders it is logical to assume that many of the ones that ran away were probably caught again by these people and have since completed the tragic journey to Vietnam.


At the Khemmarat facility approximately 1,000 dogs remain, but they are dying at the rate of around 10 per day. The dogs are not segregated or sterilized, so puppies are already being born there. There is no qualified vet on site and the staff, although well meaning have no training in the management of dogs. Seriously ill dogs are being put in a separate building to die.

 

Whilst Soi Dogs efforts are focused on stopping the trade we must also continue to address the welfare of these dogs. The scale of the problem is massive and well beyond our normal operating budget. Please watch this short video to gain a better understanding of the urgency of the situation and to find out how you can help.


Soi Dog has organized a private veterinary team to go to Khemmarat in the next 10 days to sterilize and vaccinate all the animals, taking essential medications and providing basic training to the staff there. Soi Dog is providing the funding of separate buildings, properly fitted out as hospital and isolation units. In addition, funding will be provided for building separate containment areas so that dogs that have been sterilized can properly recover with less chance of secondary infections.

The cost alone for the sterilization of all the dogs and the vet teams will be in excess of 500,000 Thai Baht, with the building work being considerably more expensive. This is why your help is urgently needed today!

It is inevitable that more dogs will be saved as the Trade of Shame campaign gathers momentum later this year. Will you please help save the lives of these dogs by donating today?

Do understand that bringing an end to the dog meat trade will take years and it can be done, but only through your ongoing support. Please join us in this mission by donating as generously as you can today. It is only with your support that the dog meat trade will be stopped!

Sincerely,

John Dalley

john@soidog.org

www.soidog.org

P.S. This suffering is happening to innocent dogs right now. There is a lot to do, and we cannot do it overnight, but we will do everything we can. It is only with your generosity that we can, so please join the Trade of Shame campaign today.

United States residents, Soi Dog is a registered charity in the USA and your donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by US law.

UK residents, Soi Dog is a registered charity in the UK and your donations qualify for HMRC gift aid.
 

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