Mr Young first became aware of Soi Dog’s work after a visit to their shelter in Phuket during a holiday in 2014.
“I am thrilled and honoured to be a new patron of Soi Dog Foundation. The plight of dogs caught in the dog meat trade is heartbreaking. As a proud nation of animal lovers, I hope that people will get behind this incredible charity to rescue animals and give them a chance of happiness,” he said in a press release issued yesterday (July 1).
At its height in 2011, around 500,000 dogs a year were illegally smuggled from Thailand to Vietnam, where their fate was torture and death prior to being served up in the restaurants of Hanoi as a delicacy.
Gill Dalley, co-founder and Global Ambassador of Soi Dog, added: “Every aspect of this trade inflicts such incredible cruelty and pain on the animals. From the sourcing of street dogs to the transportation in tightly packed cages for hundreds of miles without food or water, to the torture the dogs are subjected to prior to death, in the misguided belief that adrenalin improves the texture and flavour of the meat.
“Many dogs are boiled and skinned alive. Will can help us bring this trade to the attention of more people right around the world, and with greater support, we can shut it down for good much quicker. We really appreciate Will becoming a patron, and we look forward to working with him in the future”.
Soi Dog has been working in co-operation with the Royal Thai Police, the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Navy to intercept trucks taking dogs from Northeast Thailand on the long trip through Laos to Vietnam, and to shelter the animals and have them adopted.
Recently, Soi Dog together with three other charities in the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) also launched a campaign in Vietnam to call on the government there to outlaw the consumption of dog meat.
Will Young has been a fixture on the UK music and culture scene since his debut album in 2002 his hit single From Now On went straight to number one in the charts. He has now released six platinum albums in total and his most recent release, 85% Proof, became his fourth No1 album. (See his official website here.)
Will has won two BRIT Awards and was recently nominated for an Oliver Award for his performance in Cabaret in London’s West End.
Soi Dog Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003, is a legally registered charity in Thailand, the United States, Australia, the UK, France and Holland. Soi Dog’s mission statement is to improve the welfare of dogs and cats in Asia, resulting in better lives for both the animal and human communities, to create a society without homeless animals, and to ultimately end animal cruelty. John Dalley, co-founder and vice president.