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Cambodian province known for Angkor Wat bans dog meat business

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The north Cambodian province ideal known for the Angkor Wat holy place facility today prohibited dog meat business, coming to be the very first to do so in the nation.

The Siem Reap Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry as well as Fisheries, in a notification dated Monday, pointed out the prospective public health and wellness threats positioned by the method.

“Over the last few years, the increase in the selling, buying and slaughtering of dogs for food have been anarchic, and that had led to great concern,” the notification claimed.

The circumstance “may lead to the spread of rabies and other diseases from region to region and may also affect public health,” it included.

The restriction calls for penalty for the “unlawful hunt, purchase and slaughter” of pets under the Law on Animal Health as well as Production. Violators might confront 5 years behind bars, as well as a penalty of approximately 50 million riel (around $12,500).

Photo reveals a dog meat sale in Cambodia’s Trapaeng Raing town in southerly Phnom Penh on July 9, 2020. (Kyodo) 

The Austria-based pet well-being team Four Paws has actually praised the restriction, calling it a “huge milestone for animal welfare in Cambodia” as well as sharing hope that the province will certainly act as a design for the remainder of the nation.

The team states an approximated 3 million pets are butchered for meat in Cambodia annually. In Siem Reap, upwards of 7,000 pets are associated with dog meat profession monthly, a lot of them winding up in massacre homes, according to the team.

Four Paws, which has actually been functioning carefully with the Cambodian federal government considering that 2018, previously determined Siem Reap as an essential place in the nation’s dog meat profession.

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The province was considered accountable for the massive sourcing as well as trafficking of pets to fulfill the need for dog meat in the eastern component of the nation, most especially the funding Phnom Penh.

The team discovered that an overall of 21 dining establishments were offering an approximated 2,900 pets monthly in the Siem Reap city location alone, numerous of them situated near the Angkor Wat holy place facility.

According to study done by the team, both animal as well as roaming pets regularly get in the profession — lots of taken from pagodas as well as the roads, along with swiped from houses.

Cambodia has the globe’s highest possible occurrence of rabies infections because of an absence of canine inoculations, according to the World Organization for Animal Health. Each year, rabies eliminates greater than 800 individuals in the nation.

Veng Sakhon, preacher of farming, forestry as well as fisheries in the Cambodian federal government, claimed Thursday that the spread of rabies as well as various other illness emerging from dog meat profession is of fantastic problem, which the restriction should be promptly implemented.

The very same notification will certainly be provided in various other districts if any type of sale or acquisition of dog meat is seen, the preacher included.


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