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Cambodia Moves To Ban Dog Meat With Siem Reap First To Outlaw The Trade

by | July 15, 2020

The Cambodian city of Siem Reap has become the first in the country to outlaw the dog meat trade.

The Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestries, and Fisheries initiated the ban earlier this month, rendering the sale and consumption of the animals illegal.

Approximately 7,000 dogs were reportedly involved in the city’s dog meat trade each month, with many violently killed in Siem Reap before being sold across the country.

“Protect The Lives Of Millions Of Dogs”

“The historic decision by the Siem Reap government to ban the stealing, trading and killing of dogs is a huge milestone for animal welfare in Cambodia,” said Dr. Katherine Polak, veterinarian and Head of FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care in Southeast Asia — an organization that was instrumental in pushing for the ban.

“We hope that Siem Reap will serve as a model for the rest of the country to follow suit to protect the lives of millions of dogs.” 

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The trade of dog meat is now illegal in Siem Reap (Aleksandr Lavrinenko/Shutterstock.com)

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Research shows that less than twelve percent of people in Cambodia regularly include dog meat in their diets.

FOUR PAWS has been active in the country over the last two years, campaigning to bring an end to the trade.

“Enforce Animal Protection Laws”

“FOUR PAWS’ goal is for governments in Southeast Asia to introduce, strengthen, and enforce animal protection laws, which will bring an end to the capture, slaughter, and consumption of dogs and cats,” said Dr Karanvir Kukreja, veterinarian and Project Manager for FOUR PAWS’ Ending the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Campaign.

“This will not only protect animals–but people as well from public health risks.”

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