We are used to thinking of dogs as our best friends and for all intents and purposes, as family members.
So it may come as a shock to dog lovers that there are some places that see dogs as food and kept in slaughterhouses just waiting to be butchered, just like chickens or cows would.
It’s a heartbreaking sight but one courageous animal lover flew all the way to Cambodia to rescue seven dogs from one slaughterhouse with the result that the slaughterhouse closed down a week later.
Watch video footage showing the 49-year-old Michael Chour performing the rescue.
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Michael flew all the way from France to Cambodia because the rescue was something that needed to be done. He filmed the whole process in the hopes that it educates people about the reality of dog meat torture trade and generate more pressure to stop it entirely.
Michael, the founder of the Sound of Animals, said: “I felt mixed feelings about this rescue – I had saved seven dogs from a terrible fate and felt like this was a small victory – but I know I have saved thousands since the slaughterhouse was shut down.
“The family who owned this house had been torturing and killing dogs for generations.
“In Cambodia, there are approximately five million dogs tortured to death every year – this slaughterhouse that closed tortured and killed around 200 dogs a day.
“I kept this establishment under observation for days and nights and saw turned away crates of dogs, destined for slaughter, over and over again.”
What’s even sadder is that throughout the time he has been in Cambodia rescuing dogs, Michael has found out that the way the dogs are slaughtered are some of the cruelest methods he has seen.
He said: “The dogs are transported and kept in tiny cages to the point of not being able to move, denied food and water for days, treated barbarically, hit with metal poles if they bark, or cry, cages thrown on the floor, resulting in broken bones and internal injuries.
“The dogs are usually placed where they can witness their companions being tortured and killed. The dogs are usually petrified, shaking with fear, urinating, defecating and vomiting on each other.
“They are then tortured to death, which can last from a couple of minutes to five minutes, depending on the methods used.
“This slaughterhouse cut all four of the dog’s joints, prior to being thrown in a pot of boiling water, so they were boiled alive, to death.
“The joints were cut in order to stop the dog from escaping the pot of boiling water.
“The idea they have is the more a dog suffers the better the meat, they believe the meat has health benefits and increases libido.
“This is why people need to do anything they can to stop this happening.
“Luckily, this footage shows a happy ending and I’m so glad that I could save these dogs – but there’s many out there who aren’t as lucky.”