The life of Stray Dogs and Cats in Chiang Mai

The Dog Meat Trade One of the most shocking activities regarding dogs is the consumption of dog meat in certain parts of the country. These are not dogs bred for slaughter. These are your regular pets and street dogs lifted from the streets at night, packed into seriously inhumane crates and shipped to the markets and restaurants. An estimated 360,000 are stolen from the streets every year. They are cruelly packed into crates and driven hundreds of miles across the north of Thailand to Nakhom Phanom. Then they cross the border to Laos and onward for sale in Vietnam. To read the full story and sign a petition supporting the TSPCA (Thai Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in getting tougher sentencing for dog smugglers through the courts, follow this link: Sign the Petition: The consumption of dog meat in Thailand is illegal, but the appetite is there and people will always find a way. With your help this can be stopped.

Dogs and cats are no more an object of nationwide adoration here in Thailand than in any other country. Here, as elsewhere, there are people who are sensitive to the needs of animals and some who are not. Attitudes are changing and animal welfare is gaining attention. Many locals are interested to know what they can do to help to improve things. The younger generation are becoming intolerant of old ways that include eating dog meat and changes are happening.Thousands of people have joined rallies in Chiang Mai and Bangkok against the dog meat trade. In October 2010 Chiang Mai University hosted World Animal Day. Animal care & rescue groups from elephants, birds and horses as well as cats and dogs came together to promote and celebrate compassion towards all animals. Care for dogs is also involved in animal welfare education, you can read about their initiatives here.

Buddhism and Animals: In Buddhism, the most important rules to live by, The Five Precepts, have been passed down from Buddha himself. The first precept is No Killing - Respect for Life. The Buddha also said of animals "Life is dear to all beings. They have the right to live the same as we do. We should have an attitude of loving kindness towards all beings, wishing them to be happy and free from harm"

"The kind of seed sown will produce that kind of fruit.
Those who do good will reap good results.
Those who do evil will reap evil results.
If you carefully plant a good seed, you will joyfully gather good fruit"
                                      From the Dhammapada