In Vietnam, a dog can sell for $50-100; the equivalent of the average Vietnamese man's month salary.
The dogs are sold to restaurants where they are killed, skinned and then eaten.
Thieves on motorbikes ride through towns, snatching up dogs.
Most townspeople don't even call the police because there are no real penalties for dog thievery. They instead turn to vigilante justice.
Some mobs have chased down the thieves and literally clubbed them to death then lit them on fire. The thieves have also been fighting back, shooting arrows and hurling bricks at their pursuers.
A bystander was even killed after being hit in the head with a thrown brick.
The stolen dogs are rarely recovered.
The violence is coming mainly from a clash between an old and new way of thinking.
Many in Vietnam are adopting a more Western style of human-animal companionship.
A founder of animal group to raise awareness of this cruelty going on in Vietnam said:
"You are really witnessing the convergence of two trends. The old way of the dog meat trade, where animals didn't count for much, is coming up against the new trend of keeping true companion animals that are loved, nurtured and valued for their own sake."
Normally we'd say something about how they should adopt rescue dogs but we won't allow that until they stop eating them first.
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