Thailand pet-owners on high alert for dog-nappers

Thailand pet-owners on high alert for dog-nappers – BBC, March 16, 2012
…But stopping what Capt Teerakiet calls a “billion-baht industry” is close to impossible under existing Thai law. It is illegal to steal domestic pets but not to round up stray dogs and pack them into cages. Animal cruelty is not banned, so a law is only actually broken when an attempt is made to smuggle the dogs out of Thailand.
“On the scale of one to 10, I would say it’s a minus-one as far as the government’s concern for animal welfare goes,” said Roger Lohanen from the Thai Animal Guardians Association…

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