Africa – Benin: Theft Of Dogs For Dog Meat
Africa – Benin: Theft Of Dogs For Dog Meat
Dog meat has become popular in the west African country Benin, where it is no longer seen as shameful to enjoy eating it. The meal of dog meat is usually washed down with local whiskey known as ‘good woman,’ which is often produced in batches of 20 to 50 liters from using palms. Depression is a problem amongst people forced to live in poverty and many people turn to drops of the whiskey which is sold in small dropper portions. Consequently large profits are made from selling the whiskey in such tiny portions.
With high numbers of people living in poverty, those with criminal intent look for ways to make a quick dollar and take advantage of people and situations. Residents are warned to be careful of men who knock on their door in the shadows of the night, then make excuses and leave. Many home owners don’t realize that their home is being watched by thieves who are mapping out what the home owner’s daily patterns are, to be able to predict when the home owner leaves the house and when they return.
Thieves steal home owner’s dogs to slaughter and cook into dog meat, or sometimes sell the live dog to a dog butcher for cash. Once the thieves know the home owner’s pattern, they grab the dog, which is usually sleeping in the garage, then go through anything else of interest in the garage, taking what they can carry.
Once thieves sell off the home owner’s goods they usually have enough money to buy a plate of dog meat and rice, and still have enough left over to buy beer to drink with the meal. There used to be a time when dog eaters in Benin were ashamed of eating dogs, but dog meat has now become an accepted meat without fear of shame.
Benin is in West Africa, just west of Nigeria, which is one the main dog eating country in Africa, where over one million dogs are brutally slaughtered each year. Any dogs which become lost or wander in Benin these days will almost certainly be captured, slaughtered and cooked into dog meat. While stray dogs are continually hunted down for their meat, what will happen when all the stray dogs are finally killed off and eaten?
As stray dogs become more scarce and home owners tighten up their home-security in order to protect their own dogs and belongings, life will become increasingly difficult for thieves, who may quickly resort to violence. The price of dog meat will be driven up to match customer demand. and sadly, the situation for dogs in Benin will compound dramatically.
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SayNoToDogMeat.Net recently announced that we have embraced the fight to halt the illegal Rhino horn trade which runs parallel with the dog and cat meat trade. Both trades have many cross-over connections and are falsely marketed to increase a man’s libido and bring medical wellness – even though we know this to be untrue. Embracing the fight to halt the illegal rhino horn trade means helping preserve the endangered Rhinoceros and bring to an end it’s cruel illegal poaching.
While SayNoToDogMeat.Net does not fight the bear bile trade, we will be including the push to ban bear bile and stop ivory trades – both of which also cross over with the dog and cat meat trades. For these trades to be truly ended, all of the trades must be brought down because they all deal in fake medicine and aphrodisiacs, including the dog and cat meat trade.
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