VietNamNet Bridge – The Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) is calling for an end to dog meat trade in some Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam. 80 percent of Vietnamese still support eating dog meat To be civilized, Vietnamese should stop eating dog meat! The APCA focuses on a flashpoint in the global dog meat trade – the supply of dogs from Thailand, Cambodia and Laos into Vietnam, where they are slaughtered and consumed. Along with Change For Animals Foundation, the ACPA comprises of Humane Society International, Animals Asia and Soi Dog Foundation acting both locally within Asia and internationally on the issue. Dog meat production has evolved from small-scale household businesses to a multi-million dollar industry of illicit dog traders, and the trade has been linked to outbreaks of trichinosis , cholera and rabies. The World Health Organization recently cited the trade as a contributing factor in recent outbreaks of rabies in Indonesia and cholera in Vietnam. Whilst dog meat is eaten in several regions of the world, including parts of Europe, Russia, Africa and Latin America, its consumption is most widespread in Asia. As a result, the region generates the greatest animal welfare concern due to the many thousands of dogs being taken from the street or reared on dog farms, before being transported long distances and inhumanely slaughtered. “Many years ago, dogs were eaten because people couldn’t afford other meat. Increasingly though, dog meat has become a delicacy, and is now often consumed for its perceived medicinal properties….