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Cambodian dog slaughterhouse shut down, owner says he is “ashamed”



After increasing calls to end the dog meat trade, a Cambodian slaughterhouse is shutting down, with its owner saying he is “ashamed.” Ouk Mol, the owner, says the dog slaughterhouse has killed more than a million dogs since opening in 1995.

According to Four Paws animal rights group, Cambodia slaughters between 2 to 3 million dogs per year, while offering the cheap meal of protein at more than 100 dog meat restaurants in Phnom Penh, its capital.

Mol’s slaughterhouse is responsible for all the supply to Phnom Penh, but he says he will no longer be killing dogs, citing increasing pressure from animal rights groups and civilians alike. The 50 year old former soldier says he feels ashamed.

“But I want to quit the business because I am getting old and a lot of people have criticised me about the dog meat trade.”

The operator was offered financial support from Four Paws to open a grocery store if they shut down their slaughterhouse with Ouk Mol’s wife, Sao Phally, saying she is glad they have found a way out of the business.

“We were always worried about sin because of our killing. People looked at us in a bad way.”

The slaughterhouse, which uses vats to drown the dogs, and blowtorches to remove their fur, slaughtered up to 200 dogs per day. Now, as of yesterday, the company has shut down, with the remainder of dogs being sent to animal charities for rehabilitation and placed for international adoption.

Phnom Penh is the 2nd city in Cambodia to follow increasing calls to close the dog meat trade, as Siem Reap banned the trade last year in a victory for animal rights groups. Until 2020, Siem Reap, Cambodia’s largest tourist city, was known by rights groups as the “lynchpin” of the trade.

Despite Cambodia’s efforts to begin closing down its dog meat trade, it is not the only Asian country that features dog meat as a cuisine. Consuming dog meat in Vietnam is more popular than in Cambodia, which shows the industry has a long way to go with regards to respecting animal rights.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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  1. Craig

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    I was once aghast at dogs being consumed but now welcome it with all the soi “dogs” here that people can not control and/or take care of.

  2. Ray

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Didn’t know Siem Reap until recently was a dog trade center for meat consumption. I have stayed there a couple of months in the last years but never seen any sign of it. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that quite a number of Vietnamese live on the Tonle Sap lake nearby. In Vietnam dog consumption will be harder to root out. The meat is actually not cheap and usually bought on special occasions. When a habit is tied to social events or tradition it is hard to eradicate. Also Buddhism is a different branch than in Thailand and Cambodia. Although it teaches to respect animals, it is not practiced in daily life by many people.

  3. Issan John

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    He’s “ashamed” but he carried on doing it!

    Sounds like the Western footballers and “influencers” who are “ashamed” they broke lockdown for a party after they got caught! ?

  4. David Mann

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    I think the eating of dog meat from a moral perspective is no better or worse than eating any animal, especially mammals. The issue with the dog meat trade is the way in which the animals are transported, held and ultimately killed. That said, I’ve often seen pigs being transported in Thailand that is nothing short of barbaric. In open top transport in the blazing sun, left parked up overnight with no obvious signs of water and overcrowding. As with many things in Thailand, the Thais say one thing in the temple and then go and practice something completely different in day to day life. Happens all over the world and is more a trait of disgraceful human behaviour!

  5. Kalamn

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Why is slughtering dogs bad, but not slughtering cows, goats or chickens? Dont they have simlar animal rights? Or is this just western hypocracy masqurading as animal rights?

  6. Issan John

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    My own experience too, Ray, although I was last there when working in Cambodia nearly 30 years ago – no sign then that Siem Reap was the centre of dog trade, or even that there was much dog trade.

    The Vietnamese then tended to keep a low profile, not being too popular as they’d been the occupying power, and the main Vietnamese “presence” was in Phnom Penh where all the “working girls” were Vietnamese.

    Agreed about Vietnamese Buddhism too, which is only followed pretty loosely.

    With traditional Theravadan (Thai) Buddhism the old belief (now dying out) is that, as well as a person, you can also be re-incarnated as a dog (or very occasionally an elephant) as they’re the only other sufficiently sentient beings, which is why few Thais eat them.

  7. Kuhn David

    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    This article is a doggone shame

  8. James Pate

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Killed by drowning in vats was the part of this report that disgusted me the most.

  9. Patrick

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    People who think this is amoral and disgusting should look up how intelligent and social pigs fare. Also look up how they end up being slaughtered after a miserable life. Also look up how that happens in some slaughterhouses in SE Asia… baseball bat included which is not reallly effective having a thick skull…

    The problem is treating living animals as products. Mass meat industry is disgusting indeed. So go veggie and get karma bonus…

  10. harry1

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    talking about soi dogs and the foundation huge sterilisation, do you contribute to a good cause or are you all trousers and no substances

  11. harry1

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    sorry my comment was directed to craig, obviously the reply isnt working

  12. Dominique

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Of course it is barbaric practice. Never the less it shouldn’t really be any different from the slaughter of other animals. Being it pigs, rabbits, cows, sheep, goat etc. I like my piece of meat and will not be a hypocrite. But I would be willing to pay more for meat from animals that where kept in better conditions and killed with as little suffering as possible. Also there is no need for meat every day. In times past by it used to be a special treat. Another helpful practice would be for people to see that they are eating another fellow living being. With respect to this I remember visiting in Germany an alternative supplier called “Hermannsdorf”. They have their own outlets and make it part of the company culture that anyone working in the company should at least be present once when an animal get slaughtered to raise awareness of where the meat originates.

  13. JOSEPH

    Friday, May 14, 2021 at 12:26 am

    I wouldn’t trust anyone who would eat their best friend.

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