For the drowned and drowning dogs of Cambodia

I don’t know
if I can
get over
the fact, that
the Cambodians
are drowning
dogs.

A dog cage
(bad enough)
used as a trap
for mass
drowning,
for mass
drowning,
of healthy,
young
dogs.

For drowning
stolen
puppies,
beloved
family
friends,
for drowning
homeless
beings
who should
elicit
HELP,
human
compassion
instead.

I don’t know
if I can
get over
the fact, that
the Cambodians
are drowning
dogs.

My mind
is flooded
with vivid
flashbacks
of eyes,
eyes,
of faces,
of innocent
unawareness,
of trusting
resignation,
of what’s
to come.

And then
the terrible
wake up,
the shock,
the utter disbelief,
the TERROR,
the struggle,
the battle
for LIFE,
the screaming
of new born,
months-old
puppies,
of young dogs,
who take
more than half
an hour
to die…
resisting,
resisting,
limbs
flaying,
noses
desperately
pressing,
mouths
gasping;
their strong lungs
made for
BREATHING
pushing, pushing
against the terrible
bars, the terrible
filling up,
the choking
of their fighting,
desperate-to-survive,
life-force.

…Water
babies.
In a tightly
sealed coffin
with windows.

Their heartless
killers, indifferent.
Eyes glazed over,
faces turned
away.

I don’t know
if I can
get over
the fact,
that the Cambodians
are drowning
dogs.

That since
1995
they have
drowned
more than
a million
dogs in cages,
deliberately
SUBMERGED,
their fellow
beings
in filthy,
pain-filled,
tear-stained,
bowel-emptied
water.

A boat people!
A boat people!
Who know!
Who know!

The ultimate
betrayal of Man’s
best friend.

While we search
for cures
for Covid,
hacking
and coughing
and spluttering
our own way,
back to health.

The world
gone
barking
mad…

Barking
…gone.

 

Heidi Stephenson
Photos: (©FOUR PAWS/ Nickie Mariager-Lam)

With thanks to Hannah Baker from www.Four-Paws.org



More info about Four Paws activity and achievements:

 
FOUR PAWS is committed to bringing an end to the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia.
Every year, millions of dogs and cats are killed for their meat, making the trade arguably one of the most severe companion animal welfare issues in Asia. 
FOUR PAWS is committed to bringing an end to the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia through government collaboration, supporting local stray animal care programs, rescues, and bringing awareness to the trade.

 

Closing a House of Horror for Dogs in Cambodia 

 
This is the fourth slaughterhouse we have closed and combined with Government support and over 1million signatures from supporters around the world we’re hopeful that the eradication of the cruel trade is one step closer.

Victims of the Trade

Dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia #ProtectMillions

Acts of unbelievable cruelty are happening throughout Southeast Asia. Every day in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, pet dogs and cats are stolen from loving families, leaving their owners desperate for their return. The animals are captured and then taken to slaughterhouses and markets to be brutally killed. The dog and cat meat trade also poses serious human health risks as it encourages the spread of rabies and other deadly illnesses.

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 


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