Horrific dog meat photos show skinned pooches hanging with throats slit

Caged dogs destined for the slaughterhouse have been photographed hanging inside plastic bags.

Vile images of Indonesia's dog meat trade reveal the cruel suffering endured by stolen strays and pets before being butchered for food.

An activist fighting against the grim activity warns the brutal conditions dogs are kept in could lead to a new deadly disease infecting humans.

Charity Humane Society International (HSI) claims tens of thousands of dogs are swooped up from public places every month in a vehicle packed with restrained and helpless others.

It is not uncommon, HSI says for the animals to die before reaching the slaughterhouse, from either heatstroke, dehydration or injuries from their capture.

Dozens of dogs are crammed into a van with only their heads free from an empty food sack that their entire body is tied up in. With the bags tied to metal bars, the dogs are powerless to do anything other than swing side to side as they sit in their own urine and faeces.

For all those that do complete the journey, however, hellish treatment awaits as can be seen in the charity's newly published photos, The Sun reports.

Puppies are tied up by a single hind paw and left to dangle while their captors beat them before slicing open their throats so they bleed until they are no longer conscious.

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According to HSI, scores of dogs held up in other public markets, are made to watch others suffer the hideous fate that lies ahead for them.

Bali-based Lola Webber, who is End Dog Meat campaign director for DMFI member group Humane Society International said: "As well as being unspeakably brutal, it’s easy to see how this trade is the perfect breeding ground for the next serious public health disaster.

"Dogs are routinely slaughtered in public alongside all manner of wild and domestic species in markets in North Sulawesi.

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"New pathogens could easily jump to humans if a dog trader was wounded during the day’s slaughter, a local consumer ate cross-contaminated dog meat bought at a nearby stall, or a tourist breathed in microscopic blood droplets as they sight-see the markets.

"We cannot allow the dog meat trade to thrive across Asia if we hope to protect the public from future pandemics."

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Indonesia recently conducted its first prosecution in relation to dog meat, sentencing a trader to 10 months in prison and ordering them to pay the equivalent of £7,700.

They were jailed after being caught by police with 78 dogs in the back of a van, including 16 that had died and many more still wearing collars.

Wendy Higgins from DMFI-member group Humane Society International told The Sun Online that the prosecution was ground-breaking but there are still tens of millions of dogs suffering across Asia.

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