The dog meat trade internationally is an exceptionally cruel and outdated practice, resulting in the torment and torture of millions of animals each year. As a nation of animal lovers, and a global leader in animal welfare, we must call out this horrific industry to signal to countries where there is more of a problem, that consuming dog meat should not be tolerated.
It is illegal to sell dog and cat meat for human consumption in the UK. However, the fact remains, it is still legal for an individual to kill a dog or cat in the UK and to eat it.
If the UK was to enact a ban on the human consumption of dog meat, it would send a powerful signal that these practices are not acceptable anywhere in the world. The UK’s approach to animal welfare is recognised the world over, with many countries adopting the UK’s model when looking to strengthen their animal welfare laws.
The US has banned the slaughter (i.e killing) of a dog or cat for human consumption as well as possession of dog and cat meat. That goes for anyone, not just those who are undertaking it commercially. This was made very clear in the recent letters to the Prime Minister from the US Congressmen who brought the law into the US. The recent US regulations therefore go beyond those of the UK. Through this legislation, the US has joined the ranks of Germany, Austria, Taiwan, South Australia and Hong Kong, all of which have bans in place.
CAWF has called upon the Government to include a ban of dog meat consumption in legislation. The more that other countries make their views loud and clear – the better chance we have globally of making a change. The Yulin festival is barbaric and we pledge to do all we can in the fight to bring it to an end.
What YOU can do to help:
Write a letter to your MP taking a strong stance against the Consumption of Dog Meat anywhere in the world and ask for U.K. legislation to include a complete ban on this practice. Ask your MP to voice their concern about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
We have created a template email to guide you.