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Two Vietnamese puppy fattening farmers choose to exit dog meat trade

From Paul Healey, SpeciesUnite.com
June 2024

More than 50 puppies have been rescued, after the farmers decided to exit the dog meat trade completely. Supplying puppies to the dog meat trade for so long had taken a toll on Phạm Dũng's mental health. He decided to reach out to the Humane Society Internationalís (HSI) Models for Change program, which helps support and facilitate business owners in the dog meat trade who want to exit the industry.


Humane Society International workers remove dogs from a dog fattening facility in Vietnam, June 5th, 2024. Credit: Meredith Lee/HSI

More than 50 puppies destined to be slaughtered as part of the dog meat trade in Vietnam have been rescued after two separate puppy fattening farmers decided to close their businesses.

At puppy fattening farms, puppies are bought from local villages and fattened up for weeks until they reach slaughter weight. The fattened dogs are then sent to local dog meat restaurants and slaughterhouses.

Such farms are common in Vietnam's dog meat hotspots, such as the Thai Nguyen province where the two now-closed facilities were located.

One of the facilities belonged to fifty-two-year old Mr Phạm Dũng, who has been operating his puppy fattening farm for seven years.

But supplying puppies to the dog meat trade for so long had taken a toll on his mental health. He decided to reach out to the Humane Society Internationalís (HSI) Models for Change program, which helps support and facilitate business owners in the dog meat trade who want to exit the industry.

Talks as part of the program were successful, with a remorseful Mr Dũng allowing HSI to rescue the farmís remaining puppies, and agreeing to transform the puppy fattening farm into a small cropholding.

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Posted on All-Creatures.org: June 25, 2024
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