Dogs everywhere

There are so many stray dogs in Thailand! I have been living and working in this country for 5 years now, but even I am sometimes shocked by the hoards of stray dog that roam the streets of Bangkok (and, as a matter of fact, any other province that I’ve been to).

The reasons why the Thais accept these dogs on the streets are varied, but I tend to believe that it is due to their King’s love for Thong Daeng, a street dog adopted by His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej (the world’s longest-reigning monarch). The Buddhist religion has a word to say into this matter, too. Being a religion of peace, Buddhism forbids the killing of any living thing, thus, by extension, stray dogs can’t be euthanatized, only sterilized. How many dogs are being sterilized in Bangkok every year, I don’t know! But I bet not too many!

5 responses to “Dogs everywhere