Dog Meat is a Brisk Business in Cambodia

Published November 12th, 2019 - 07:25 GMT

Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies, according to AFP.

Khieu Chan bursts into tears when describing a job that haunts him as he goes to sleep: he kills up to six dogs a day, slicing their throats.

"Please forgive me. "If I don't kill you, I can't feed my family," the 41-year-old tells the 10 dogs awaiting their fate in a cage, AFP reported.

A cheap source of protein, dog meat is still eatem in several Asian countries from China and South Korea to Vietnam and non-Muslim communities in Indonesia.

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This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a woman preparing dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a woman preparing dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows a man looking at a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows a man looking at a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (R) and members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team carrying dogs during an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (R) and members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team carrying dogs during an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows the head of a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows the head of a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man locking a cage full of dogs at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man locking a cage full of dogs at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man preparing to cook dog meat at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man preparing to cook dog meat at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (C) watching as members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team take part in an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (C) watching as members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team take part in an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows workers transporting dogs in cages at a slaughterhouse in Kandal province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows workers transporting dogs in cages at a slaughterhouse in Kandal province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a woman preparing dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows a man looking at a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (R) and members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team carrying dogs during an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows the head of a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man locking a cage full of dogs at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man preparing to cook dog meat at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (C) watching as members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team take part in an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows workers transporting dogs in cages at a slaughterhouse in Kandal province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a woman preparing dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a woman preparing dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows a man looking at a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows a man looking at a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (R) and members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team carrying dogs during an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (R) and members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team carrying dogs during an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows the head of a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows the head of a grilled dog at a restaurant in Kampong Cham province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man locking a cage full of dogs at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man locking a cage full of dogs at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man preparing to cook dog meat at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 25, 2019 shows a man preparing to cook dog meat at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (C) watching as members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team take part in an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 27, 2019 shows former restaurant owner Khieu Chan (C) watching as members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team take part in an operation to rescue dogs from the slaughterhouse in Takeo province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows workers transporting dogs in cages at a slaughterhouse in Kandal province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP
This photo taken on October 26, 2019 shows workers transporting dogs in cages at a slaughterhouse in Kandal province. Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP