During our campaign to stop the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia, our team has witnessed so many unimaginable heartbreaking scenes of animal suffering and cruelty, but this dog slaughterhouse is potentially the worst. An estimated 1 million dogs have lost their life at this facility since its opening in 1995.
Whining dogs penned up in rusty cages, the pungent odor of urine and feces baking in the heat. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the sight of two cement tanks three feet high filled with putrid, black water makes your stomach churn. Hundreds of dogs are drowned daily in these pits, their fur later removed with a blowtorch. Many of them puppies still wearing collars, signs of their prior lives as beloved family members.
We have to stop this. And we are trying to. Can we count on your support today to close down this slaughterhouse for good?
BREAKING UPDATE! We can finally close this slaughterhouse for good! See what is happening.
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Dog slaughterhouse CLOSED
While we know that these missions are extremely demanding, nothing can fully prepare you for the rollercoaster ride that yesterday brought. After we arrived on site, we started with calming down the sixteen dogs that were locked in rusty cages within the Cambodian slaughterhouse. While they were shy at the beginning, they quickly warmed up to us, with some of them showing incredible gratitude and joy in spite of the unexpected affection we gave them. Even more than the food and water, these dogs were thriving under the love we had brought with us. We started moving the dogs from their filthy cages into clean and comfortable transport boxes. Everything seemed to be going well - until we came across more and more dogs that were in a very bad condition: lethargic, dehydrated, and with a fever, we knew that they needed to be transported back to a clinic in Phnom Penh right away. There our friends from Animal Rescue Cambodia took over - and quickly had to deliver more bad news: some of the dogs tested positive for parvovirus, a potentially fatal disease. The dogs immediately were prepared for emergency treatment to increase their chances for survival.
Slaughterhouse shutdown happening now!
After a short night with little sleep, the day has finally come on which we are closing down a Cambodian dog slaughterhouse in which one million dogs have been killed since its opening. Even though everything was going according to plan, there is always that nagging feeling the night before the operation: will everything work out? Are the dogs going to be alright when we get there?
On top of all the usual hassles that come with such a mission, the city of Phnom Penh is currently facing a serious COVID-19 outbreak and concern about a potential lockdown is currently looming over the country, which would make team travel to rescue the dogs almost impossible. But rest assured: nothing will stop us now from locking this place down and getting the dogs out of there.
Please keep supporting our efforts to #ProtectMillions!
Breaking! Cambodian slaughterhouse to shutdown tomorrow
What we have been fighting for over a year is about to become reality. After the 61 dogs that were rescued in Siem Reap on their way to slaughterhouses last week, tomorrow will bring another massive victory in our fight against the dog meat trade. When we arrived at the premises this week, our team was able to identify sixteen dogs inside the eerie darkness. The feeling of walking through a place in which one million dogs have been killed since 1995 is something that cannot be put into words.
But there is hope: the animals we found are alive, even though they are in truly bad shape. Lying on top of each other, cowering in fear in four rusty metal cages, severely dehydrated and most of all terrified, they had given up on fighting back. Most of them are less than six months old - and without this mission, their lives would end now. Suddenly, we heard barking from the back of the facility, coming from a sweet brindle puppy that seemed to be even younger than the others. When he spotted us, he tried everything to get our attention and greeted us with overwhelming friendliness. Any hand that came close to him was immediately licked and his paws didn't want to let go of our helping hands. All of our exhaustion and anxiety was gone in a heartbeat as we looked him in the eye. We named him Albus and promised him that tomorrow will be the day he will be freed.
With this closure, we are continuing our mission to #ProtectMillions. Please support us!
The barbaric dog meat trade in Cambodia
Every year, 3 million dogs are killed for their meat in Cambodia. In most cases, the dogs are stolen from their homes and trafficked across the country to be killed in the most brutal of ways at slaughterhouses like this one. Read our summary report on dog meat consumption in Cambodia here!