Hear Their Cries
Suppliers can earn from $750 to $1,000 in a country where wages in garment factories are under $200.
Productivity is crucial.
“It’s faster to hit them,” explains Dara, 30, a collector, trader and butcher.
“I know it’s a sin,” he adds.
Drowning is the preferred method of slaughter a few hours away in Kampong Cham and Kandal provinces.
“By putting them in the cage and drowning them in a pit, we don’t have to hear their cries,” said one woman.
Meat and parts are sold onto restaurants, where they are a popular with day labourers as a barbecued snack or a $1.25 soup.
The psychological trauma to bring cheap meat to the table is immense and those who find a better job take it.
Next to his dog cage in Takeo, Khieu Chan spoke about meeting Four Paws during their investigation of the trade.
In an unconventional twist, they gave him land for farming if he would close his restaurant.
One recent afternoon he helped the NGO gingerly take the sickly dogs out of the cage placed under a tree.
But before they were removed and sent to Phnom Penh for treatment, he knelt by the bars to say goodbye.
He says: “Now you have freedom. You are spared from death.”
by Joe FREEMAN and Suy SE