Last week, the discovery of hundreds of dog skins and bones in Thailand was a reminder of the horrifying dog meat industry. Now, word has gotten around that the dogs aren't only prized for their meat -- dog leather is popular in some areas, too.
According to Bloomberg News, factories in Asia use leather from dog skin for in everything from drums to guitars. John Dalley, co-founder and vice-president of the Soi Dog Foundation, also noted that many golf gloves also use dog leather, especially from the skin of the testicles of male dogs "because that skin is particularly soft."
"The skins would be bleached -- some are then sent (by smugglers) to other countries to be made into gloves for playing golf," Lamai Sakolpitak, a police officer working on stopping animal traffickers, told AFP.
Trading live dogs is illegal in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, but many stray dogs are still caught in the streets. And it's not only strays -- Dalley noted that pet dogs are much easier for smugglers to catch.