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In a truly awful story of cruelty to animals, Thai police stopped two trucks illegally packed with 2,000 dogs bound for Vietnam.
Scores of dogs crammed into tiny cages were rescued by police as they were being smuggled out of Thailand, bound for Vietnam.(AFP Photo)
It was an awful story of cruelty to animals.
Thai police on Thursday stopped a six-wheeled truck on a road in Nakhon Phanom's Na Thom district near the border with Laos.
It was discovered to be transporting about 600 live dogs in cramped cages.
A little while later another six-wheeler was intercepted carrying about 1,200 live dogs in nearby Si Songkhram district.
Police seized the dogs and trucks and detained three suspects – two Thais and a Vietnamese.
The dogs were being transported to Vietnam to be butchered for human consumption.
The rescued dogs are being treated at the Nakhon Phanom Animal Quarantine Station. All of them were fatigued and weakened and many were wounded.
Some succumbed to the terrible conditions during trafficking and died. Livestock officials were seen carrying dead dogs for burial yesterday.
Earlier, 119 of the dogs had died both through suffocation in the cramped cages or when they were thrown from the back of the trucks as the alleged traffickers sped away from officers, says an official of the Livestock Development Department.
Police on Saturday filed six charges against the three suspects.
The charges range from illegal transport of animals, unlicensed trade in animals, the transport of dogs to an area under rabies monitoring, cruelty to animals, not having dogs vaccinated and lacking documents to certify their vaccination.
Adapted from a story posted on bangkokpost.com.
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
scores – large numbers of จำนวนมาก
crammed – completely filled with people or things คับคั่ง
rescue – to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
smuggle – to take things or people to or from a place secretly and often illegally ลักลอบนำเข้า
bound for – going to มุ่งหน้าไป
awful – very bad or unpleasant น่ากลัว, แย่มาก
cruelty – behaviour that deliberately causes pain to other people or animals อย่างโหดเหี้ยม
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries เขตแดน อาณาเขต
discover – to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before ค้นพบ
transport – to move people or things from one place to another ขนส่ง
intercept – to stop and catch something or someone before they are able to reach a particular place สกัด
seize – to take control of by force or official power ยึกครอง
detain – to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
butcher – to kill animals and cut them up for use as meat ฆ่าสัตว์ขาย
consumption – using, eating or drinking something การบริโภค
treat – to provide medical care รักษา
quarantine – a situation in which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease กักบริเวณ จำกัดบริเวณ
fatigued – very tired, both physically and mentally เหน็ดเหนื่อย
wounded – injured, especially where your skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously บาดเจ็บ
succumb – to not be able to fight an illness, an attack, a temptation, etc
trafficking – dealing in illegal goods, like drugs, weapons or in illegally moving humans from one place to another การค้าสิ่งที่ผิดกฎหมาย
livestock – animals such as cows, sheep, chickens and pigs that are kept on farms ปศุสัตว์
burial – the act of putting a dead body into the ground, or the ceremony connected with this การฝังศพ
suffocation – dying from a lack of air to breathe การขาดอากาศหายใจ
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
speed away (past: sped away) – to move away from something very quickly ไปด้วยความรวดเร็ว
file – to take official action like making a complaint ยื่นคำร้อง
charge – moving very fast towards someone or something and attacking them การโจมตี, การจู่โจม
unlicensed – not having a license or the correct papers to do something ไม่ได้ตีทะเบียน, นอกกฎหมาย
rabies – a very serious disease that makes an animal or a human feel crazy. Humans get it only if they are bitten by an animal with rabies โรคพิษสุนัขบ้า
monitor – to regularly check something or watch someone in order to find out what is happening ตรวจสอบ ตรวจตรา
vaccinate – to give someone a vaccine, usually by injection (putting a liquid, especially a drug, into a person's body using a needle and a syringe), to prevent them from getting a disease ฉีดวัคซีน
certify – to give somebody an official document proving that they are qualified to work in a particular profession รับรอง,ลงนามเป็นพยาน