Reports say petrified dogs are forced into small cages before being drowned and used for their meat in horrific footage from inside a Cambodian slaughterhouse.
Animal charity founder Michael Chour, built up a relationship with the owner of the abattoir so that he could enter the large slaughterhouse just outside the country’s capital city of Phnom Penh.
Once inside, Chour took harrowing footage of shaking dogs being cramped into cages as they unknowingly waited to be lowered into water and killed for the benefit of local restaurants.
Chour, who has made it his life’s mission to save dogs in the poverty stricken country, recalled entering the slaughterhouse alongside two team members.
He said that his throat was so tight he couldn’t speak as he and his team watched as the killings took place.
Although the trade is illegal within the city, slaughterhouses have since set themselves up on the outskirts as a legal business, meaning Michael can do nothing when witnessing the killings in front of him, or risk facing arrest.
Chour, a former doctor, said: “My heart stopped beating, my breath became painful, tears came, then anger, then disgust, to recount the infinite distress of these cursed places”
Dallas Buckley, a member of the charity, said: “Michael has spent 14 years of his life in harm’s way, saving the doomed dogs in Thailand and Cambodia.
“There are no animal welfare laws to protect dogs and cats and it is illegal to speak out about the trade.
“If Michael tried to stop this, he would be arrested and would not be able to continue his work in Cambodia.
“Building relationships, he is known and trusted, and uses his time there for education of the people he meets whilst rescuing dogs from the dog meat trade.
“He has responsibility for 1,200 dogs, without him the dogs would have no one to care for them.
“He has to stay calm, even though he is dying inside.
“Slaughterhouse owners are dangerous people, and he has had his life threatened on numerous occasions. He has also been chased by them, wielding machetes.”
The dogs are transported to the slaughterhouse in vans, inside tiny cages, before they are pushed along the floor, catching the dogs paws in the process.
They are then moved from one cage to another so the empty cage can be taken away to bring more dogs the next day, sometimes with around 1,400 dogs a week being slaughtered.
The workers, who consistently prod them with long thin sticks going at least a full inch into their flesh, then carry the dogs to a drowning pit where the dogs are thrown in.
The water in the pit can be seen moving violently for a full two minutes, before it once again becomes calm and a staff member reaches into the crate full of dead dogs, and pulls them out one by one.
The drowned dogs are then put into a large vat of boiling water to make the fur easier to scrape off before being sent to the restaurants.