British pop star Will Young lends support to end illegal dog meat trade

national July 02, 2015 01:00

By The Nation

British singer-songwriter and actor Will Young yesterday announced his patronage of the Phuket-based Soi Dog Foundation, which is leading the fight to end Thailand's illegal dog meat trade. Young became aware of Soi Dog's work after visiting its shelter

At the height of the illegal trade in 2011, some 500,000 dogs were smuggled from Thailand to Vietnam every year, where the pooches were tortured and killed prior to being served up in restaurants in Hanoi as a delicacy. 
“Every aspect of this trade inflicts such incredible cruelty and pain to the animals – from the sourcing of street dogs to their transportation in tightly packed cages for hundreds of miles without food or water, to the torture the dogs are subjected to prior to death, in the misguided belief that adrenaline improves the texture and flavour of the meat,” Gill Dalley, co-founder and global ambassador of the foundation, said. 

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