The Cambodian dog meat trade has received another blow. A dog slaughterhouse in Skun Province, estimated to have killed over one million dogs since it opened, was closed by Four Paws today. The global animal welfare organization also rescued all 16 dogs onsite, dismantled cages and demolished the drowning tanks.
In Cambodia, an estimated three million dogs, many of which are stolen pets, are killed for their meat every year. Four Paws warns not only of rampant animal cruelty, but also of the risks to public health. As part of its investigations into the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia, Four Paws has discovered several high-volume slaughterhouses and hundreds of dog meat restaurants across Cambodia, most of them located in Phnom Penh.