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Vietnam’s Dog Snatchers

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THE IRISH TIMES

Unreported World dispatch from Vietnam makes for grimly riveting TV

October 4, 2014 – By Bernice Harrison

Dognapping is such a serious problem that vigilantes have beaten 20 dognappers to death in the past five years. That’s in Vietnam, where the dogs are sold to be eaten. In Unreported World: Vietnam’s Dog Snatchers (Channel 4, Friday), the owner of one of the many dog-meat stalls in Hanoi is shown as she is about to kill and skin the first of the 30 dogs she’ll turn into cutlets before the morning is out. (The bloody action is, thankfully, offscreen.)

The dogs, bought from traders no questions asked, are kept in a pit beneath her shop-cum-abattoir. A teenager arrives with the family pet to ask if she’ll butcher it, as the family fancy having him for dinner.

Even if you’re not a dog lover it’s barbaric: not the idea of eating dogs, which the film rightly accepts is part of the culture, but the cruelty of the dogs’ being killed without any regulation and after being stolen in raids in outlying villages.

Presented by Nelufar Hedayat, a young reporter, this is a typical film for Unreported World – one of Channel 4’s most worthwhile strands – dealing vividly, in a calm, unsensational way, with a difficult subject that’s not big on the news radar but is horribly fascinating nonetheless.

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DAILY MIRROR

 Cruel beyond words: Horror of the Vietnam meat market

October 3, 2014 – By NELUFAR HEDAYAT

 A HORRIFYING TV documentary will reveal how hundreds of pet dogs are being stolen every day in Vietnam for the lucrative dog meat trade. Unreported World shows disturbing evidence of how the dogs are taken, kept in cramped cages, force-fed and then slaughtered for meals.

Here, reporter Nelufar Hedayat reveals the horrors she witnessed.

THE smell of dogs and filth permeated the large metal cage of a room. Frantic, high-pitched barking came from the hundreds of terrified animals crammed there. Line upon line of smaller crates were already packed with dogs, vomiting rice onto the wet floor.

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DAILY MAIL

Snatched from their homes, crammed into cages and beaten to death to be eaten: Inside the world of Vietnam’s brutal dog-meat industry

October 3, 2014 – By ALASDAIR GLENNIE

Snatched from their homes, crammed into metal cages and force-fed for restaurant tables, these animals are the victims of Vietnam’s booming dog-meat industry. Thousands of pets are stolen from gardens and front porches every year to feed the appetites of diners who treat dog meat as a delicacy. Documentary makers from Channel 4’s Unreported World found that seven tonnes of live dogs are shipped to the nation’s capital Hanoi every day.

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METRO

Pet dogs stolen for diners in Vietnam; Thieves kill three boys who tried to stop them

October 3, 2014 – By SHARON MARRIS

Snatched from their homes, crammed into metal cages and force-fed for restaurant tables, these animals are the victims of Vietnam’s booming dog-meat industry. Thousands of pets are stolen from gardens and front porches every year to feed the appetites of diners who treat dog meat as a delicacy. Documentary makers from Channel 4’s Unreported World found that seven tonnes of live dogs are shipped to the nation’s capital Hanoi every day.

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PRESS ASSOCIATION

TV show exposes Vietnam dog trade

October 3, 2014 – By ANTHONY BARNES

Channel 4 is to screen grim footage of pet dogs which are being stolen and slaughtered for food to fuel the trade for their meat in Vietnam. A documentary for its Unreported World series, Vietnam’s Dog-Snatchers, tonight will show how animals are taken from locations across the country and packed into tiny cages until they are ready to be killed and served for food. An investigative team looks at how gangs are taking dogs from family homes to meet demand, and how outrage about the trade has led to mob killings of some dog thieves.

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Dogs stolen from owners go to meat market in Vietnam, British documentary shows

October 3, 2014 – By JASON MOLINET

Dogs are on the menu in Vietnam, turning pets into targets for poachers who keep the animals in deplorable conditions on the way to slaughter as part of a booming dog-meat trade, a new British TV documentary reveals.

Channel 4’s Unreported World profiled the rise in dog thieves in “Vietnam’s Dog-Snatchers,” as well as a backlash that’s led to the killing of scores of these poachers.

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Press Dog 3The Guardian – Watch This

Reporter Nelufar Hedayat and director Daniel Bogado visit Vietnam, home to one of the stranger organised criminal rackets plaguing the planet – the large-scale theft of pet dogs from family homes to meet Asia’s demand for dog meat. The thefts have provoked outrage across Vietnam and leading to the mob killing of scores of perpetrators.

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Independent – Critic’s Choice

The Vietnamese have a long tradition of eating dog meat, which is served in packed restaurants across the country. But, as Nelufar Hedayat reports, thieves are now stealing pets to meet demand – provoking outrage across Vietnam.