Cambodia: Dog Meat Sold Next To A Children’s School
A popular family restaurant located right next door to a children’s primary school in Siem Reap is now specializing in selling dog meat. As young children arrive and leave school each day they are forced to to walk past severed dogs’ heads and cut up dog body parts which are displayed on stands at the children’s eye level.
The name of the school is Svay Dangkum [Future Bright] Primary School, which is located along the developing SokSan Road, Siem Reap. As young children are subliminally taught to accept torture and slaughter of dogs for dog meat, the future does not look bright for Cambodia’s dogs or cats.
The busy restaurant recently switched to specializing in dog meat to keep up with customer demand for the meat. Consequently the restaurant can openly display severed dog’s heads and other body parts without fear of reprisal from local residents.
Several years ago the topic of dog meat was kept under wraps in Cambodia and many locals, especially expats, would [wrongly] argue there is no dog meat in Cambodia. As millions of tourists pour into Cambodia, local people want to capture part of the tourist dollar and providing dog and cat meat to cashed up international dog eaters has become a lucrative business for many.
In 2014 Cambodia hosted the following number of international visitors: 4,502,775.
The top five countries which visited Cambodia in 2014:
1. Vietnam 905,801 visitors
2. China 560,335 visitors
3. Laos 460,191 visitors
4. South Korea 424, 424 visitors
5. Thailand 279,457 visitors
Each of Cambodia’s top five visiting tourist nations are dog and cat eating countries!
One of the largest hot spots for dog meat in Cambodia is Siem Reap because it is home to Cambodia’s number one tourist attraction Angkor Wat, the 12th century UNESCO World Heritage site, otherwise known as the “City Of Temples.”
Offering international dog eaters the opportunity to dine on local Cambodian dog meat “cuisine” is a clever marketing tool. Most tourists stay more than one night in Siem Reap because of its central hub when visiting a number of Cambodia’s tourist locations, including Beng Mealea, known the ruins covered in tree roots and vines.
The Cambodian tourism department in Siem Reap province recorded that South Korea is the main source for tourists visiting Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat, followed by China. I was in Siem Reap not so long ago and was stunned by the large number of South Korean and Chinese tourists compared to all the other visiting nationalities.
A spokesperson for the Minisitry of Tourism, Ang Kim Eang, said “Visa-free entry for the holders of ordinary passports between Cambodia and ASEAN partner countries have also encouraged more ASEAN citizens to visit Cambodia.”
Earlier this year in April, SayNoToDogMeat.Net held a global march and many animal lovers in Cambodia took part, utilizing a peaceful walk with their dog’s on leashes. This evoked an aggressive reaction from local officials who sent armed police with rifles to order the dog owners to vacate the park immediately. At the threat of dogs being “kicked to death,” the peaceful dog owners were made to walk in the gutter and not on the pavement.
“Walking dogs on leashes is strange,” said an official to a media journalist.
If Cambodia’s tourism continues to climb with tourists flocking in from pet eating countries, the fate of Cambodia’s dogs and cats looks certain to be grim. SayNoToDogMeat.Net continues to fight toward ending Cambodia’s dog and cat meat trade for good. Please sign and share our SayNoToDogMeat.Net Petition for Cambodia.
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