SAVAGE FOOTAGE Shows Truck Packed With DOGS Arriving To Be BOILED ALIVE In VIETNAM!
Distressing video has emerged showing a truck full of dogs destined for a slaughterhouse in Vietnam.
Animals rights activists who captured footage of the truck sitting at the roadside near the city of Hue, in central Vietnam, said that some were wearing collars, suggesting they were stolen from homes.
Australian Michele Brown, the CEO of Fight Dog Meat charity, said the animals would likely be force fed before being clubbed or boiled alive, in the belief that it makes the meat more delicious.
Mr Brown said: 'In Vietnam, it's believed eating tough meat makes a tough man.
'Many think dog meat boosts a man's libido, helps their joints and even cures illness. But none of this is scientifically proven.
'The preference is for tough meat, it's like the opposite of meat eaten in the West. So they think by terrifying the dogs, they flood them with adrenaline and make the meat tastier.'
Reports suggest an estimated five million dogs - many snatched from homes - are eaten annually, with Hanoi serving as the most lucrative market.
While the number of dog restaurants is on the rise in Vietnam's capital, pet ownership is also growing and driving a booming dog theft industry. The growing number of dog owners has also seen a shift in attitudes in recent years, with more activists demanding the trade is shut down.
Michele said dogs are often smuggled in tightly-packed vans like the one in the footage, but this is not usually captured on camera as they normally travel under cover of darkness.
The 60-year-old, from Queensland's Gold Coast, said a horrified activist stumbled upon the Hanoi-bound truck by chance and shared it with her in the hope of promoting awareness.
Both pieces of footage were filmed in 2016 but Michele is now sharing them with the media in a bid to raise awareness.
Michele said: 'They were on a rural back road when they heard the wailing. They were horrified by what they saw and told me it still haunts them. 'These dogs are often snatched under cover of darkness. They are stunned or poisoned, then have their stomachs pumped to boost their value.
'Many die but the survivors are sold to slaughterhouses, restaurants or markets like the one I captured in Hanoi.
'This is why awareness is vital. We must pressure the government from the sidelines to break the cycle and shut the trade down.
'These animals deserve to be protected by the laws of the land.'