"Watcha Looking At??" / Portrait of a Thai Temple Dog / Bangkok
During one of photo walks through a Thai temple, I stumbled accross this Thai temple dog, who followed me with his eyes only.
There are an estimated 120,000 stray dogs in Bangkok, most are not aggressive (probably due to the humidity and heat!). In the 1990s, more than 200 dogs were euthanized each day. In 1998, however, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals campaigned against the practice, which they argued violated Buddhist principles. The campaign generated substantial public outcry against the euthanization of dogs, and the city adopted a pro-life dog policy.
With a corresponding low rate of neutering (de-sexing), the number of unwanted litters of both dogs and cats remains a problem, resulting in the dumping of pups and kittens at temples and public parks. This particulary specimen appears to be one of the luckier ones!
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