THAILAND - A joint Army-police force yesterday raided a Sakhon Nakhon slaughterhouse, which sells dogs meat without permission, and seized a tonne of dog meat.
House owner Sombun Thongkrub said he did not kill the dogs, but bought dog carcasses from sellers, up to 300 at a time. He butchered the carcasses and sold them to buyers, who would later resell them. He was charged with trading in meat without permission.
Sombun said officials told him that exporting dog meat was more difficult due to stricter restrictions, so he had turned to local and domestic markets instead. Some 1.17 tonnes of dog meat and organs were seized along with 95 sheets of dog skin.
The seized items were buried at a garbage site and the abattoir was sanitised by veterinarians in the raid.