SAKHON NAKHON – Two men were arrested by highway police in Sakhon Nakhon province Wednesday morning with about 300 kilograms of dog meat believed to be sold in Tha Rae district.
Highway police stopped their pick-up truck as it was heading for Tambon Tha Rae in Sakhon Nakhon’s Muang district which is notorious of being a market of dog meat. A search of the truck found ten bags of dog carcasses each weighs five kilograms and another 50 bags of dog meat weighing altogether 300 kgs.
The two suspects claimed that they bought 50 dog carcasses at 200 baht each and the dog meat at 50 baht per kg from a seller in Dong Luang district to be sold in Tambon Tha Rae.
Police said that dog merchants had moved out of Tambon Tha Rae to slaughter dogs elsewhere before bringing dog meat back to Tambon Tha Rae for sale to residents.
Police have clamped down on canine butcheries and this had driven many traders to buy dog meat and dog carcasses in other areas.
A source said traders opted to smuggle dog meat and slaughtered dogs instead of live dogs as it was easier to avoid police searches. Dog meat is popular in neighboring countries.