Originally posted on Bob's Blitz  |  Last updated 4/3/14
Police in northeastern Thailand found, near the border with Laos, hundreds of dog skins alongside a pile of dog bones. They're believed to have been left by smugglers who wanted to take them through Laos and then on to Vietnam or China. In those countries, demand for dog parts for consumption in restaurants is "strong." Businessweek reports:Not just the dog meat is prized. Factories use leather from dog skin for use in everything from drums to guitars, says John Dalley, co-founder and vice-president of the Soi Dog Foundation, a nongovernmental organization in Thailand devoted to canine welfare. Manufacturers of golf gloves also prize dog leather, Dalley adds, especially from the skin of the testicles of male dogs “because that skin is particularly soft.” (Alibaba.com, the business-to-business website owned by Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, has lots of listings for gloves made from dogs.)Word is the way to determine whether or not your gloves came from dog's balls is to rub the palm. If the index finger expands, throw them away.Follow us on Twitter, Subscribe by Email, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return Home
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