Police seize 40 frozen dogs transported to northern Vietnam restaurants

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Traffic police in Quang Binh Province and dead dogs seized from a bus January 24, 2016. Photo credit: Cong An Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh Traffic police in Quang Binh Province and dead dogs seized from a bus January 24, 2016. Photo credit: Cong An Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh

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Police in the central province of Quang Binh on Sunday seized 40 dead dogs en route to restaurants in northern Vietnam.
A source from the province’s traffic police said they found the dogs, shaved and frozen in styrofoam boxes, when checking a passenger bus at around 2 a.m. 
The 33-year-old driver failed to produce any documents for the dogs, weighing 350 kilograms in total. 
He said he was delivering the dogs to restaurants in northern Vietnam.
The dogs are likely to be disposed of as undocumented goods.
Vietnam is believed to be the second biggest dog meat consumer in the world, with an estimated five million dogs killed and eaten every year. The figure in China is around 20 million.
The dog meat trade has been the target of strong international criticism as most of the dogs are pets stolen from families and usually tortured and killed in painful ways.
Usually only dog thieves are punished, with a fine. They will only face criminal charges if the stolen dog’s value is more than VND2 million, around US$100.

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