Dog meat Trade is now banned in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Yvonne O'Halloran

Siem Reap, a province in Cambodia, becomes the first region in the country to ban the trade of dog meat. Since 2018, South Africa-based animal rights group FOUR PAWS has worked with the country’s government to introduce such a ban, citing its own research that shows less than 12% of Cambodians consume dog meat.

After a year-long investigation of the dog meat industry, Siem Reap’s Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestries, and Fisheries published a letter on July 6, calling for the ban of the slaughter and trading of dogs in the province. FOUR PAWS’ investigation highlighted the suffering of approximately three million dogs, all who were slaughtered for meat in the country each year, and its Dog and Cat Meat Trade Report, which was published in February 2020, was cited in the government’s letter.

The province now joins regions in India, China, and Indonesia that have already banned the consumption and trade of dogs.

Dr. Katherine Polak, a veternarian and head of FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care in Southeast Asia shared her joy over the decision.

“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 and is reflective of current sentiment among Khmer people,” she said. “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.”

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States

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