Thais - no dogs to Vietnam restaurants

2011-12-26 22:06

Bangkok - Thai authorities stopped a shipment of 300 dogs across the Mekong River en route to the restaurants of Vietnam, news reports said on Monday.

Acting on a tip, naval officers and police raided Thalad village in Nakhon Phanom province on Sunday and prevented a boat loaded with the caged dogs from crossing the river into Laos, the Bangkok Post reported.

The dog-traffickers fled the scene, it said.

Dog meat is considered a delicacy by some in Vietnam. Police said prices for dogs have doubled in recent months, from $16 each to $32 as Thailand cracks down on the trade.

Nakhon Phanom deputy governor Somdee Kahntayangyuen said demand for dog meat had soared as Vietnamese restaurants stock up before the

the traditional New Year on January 23.

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