Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Skewered dog kebabs sold by Vietnam vendors in horror pictures from meat market


WARNING DISTRESSING CONTENT: The small dogs' bodies can be seen laying over grills as vendors prepare to carve them and serve them at Hanoi's 'Thit Cho' market restaurants

By
Abigail O'Leary
17 DEC 2019
updated
17 DEC 2019



Skewered dog are sold as kebabs by Vietnam street vendors in horrific pictures from a meat market.

The small dogs' bodies can be seen laying over grills as vendors prepare to carve them and serve them at Hanoi's 'Thit Cho' market restaurants.

The images, captured by Josh Edelson who was travelling through the country, show the animals' hardened and darkened skin splitting as they are piled on one another.

Many of the dogs still have their teeth in place.

Josh, from California, said he tried for two day to find vendors who would allow him to film and photograph their dog kebab stalls.

Street vendors prepare dog meat or "Thit Cho" as it is known in Hanoi (Image: Josh Edelson)

He said: "The first time I tried, they shooed me away. They don't like having photos taken, prob because it's a pretty controversial part of their culture - eating dog.'

"The locals contend that it is part of their culture and that it should remain."

Josh said at one point during a visit to the market, he saw soldiers approach a stall and expected to see them shut it down.

However, he was surprised when the soldiers went on to buy some of the dog kebabs.


 
The vendors turn the bodies of the dogs into kebabs (Image: Josh Edelson)

 
A vendor grills some of the dog meat kebabs (Image: Josh Edelson)



Josh added: "I thought [the soldiers] were there to shut it down, but then was surprised to see them buy some."

Eating dog is still legal in Southeast Asia, although it is frowned upon and the government has plans to ban its consumption by 2021.

However the dog meat industry was said to be booming just a few years ago, with reports of pets being stolen from homes to be turned into food.

In 2014, seven tonnes of live dogs were shipped to Hanoi every day, reports the Mail.

Most of the shipped animals come from neighbouring Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.


 
Piles of dogs with hardened and blackened skin (Image: Josh Edelson)
 
Most of the shipped animals come to Hanoi from neighbouring Thailand, Cambodia and Laos (Image: Josh Edelson)

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