- An estimated 2.5 million dogs are eaten every year in South
- In Thailand at least 30,000 dogs are captured every month to
export into Vietnam as part of the international dog meat trade.
This amounts to 1,000 dogs being trafficked daily into Vietnam
- 10,000 dogs and 350 humans die of rabies every year in the
- During China's annual Dog Meat Eating Festival in Guangxi
province, 15,000 stray and abducted dogs are
The consumption of dog meat has been a long existing cultural
phenomenon in East Asia. Dog meat eating has been traditionally
associated to cultural traditions and falsely linked to myths about
The commercial production of dog meat has long been associated
with animal cruelty and suffering. The disregard for animal welfare
and safety has been witnessed throughout the whole production
process, from the dog's living facilities, transportation and
Dogs live in poor conditions where their housing is dirty and
overcrowded and they receiving a lack of proper food and water with
no daily exercise or mental stimulus. Consequently, a large
proportion of dogs often die en route to their destinations due to
dehydration, heat strokes or suffocation. There is also a high
frequency of injury and fighting amongst them due to high levels of
stress, hunger and fear.
At the slaughterhouses, reports have raised major concerns
surrounding the killing methods employed. Without government
regulation, inhumane slaughter methods have been used, including
clubbing the dogs to death, throats being cut, being boiled alive,
electrocution and hanging.
The KC view
The Kennel Club is opposed to the sale and consumption of dog
meat. Whilst taking into consideration culture and traditional
differences, culture and customs should not be used as an excuse
for animal cruelty.
The legality surrounding the international dog meat trade varies
across East Asia. For the majority of East Asian countries, the
sale and consumption of dog meat is legal and there is no
comprehensive animal welfare legislation in existence. However,
there are countries that have banned the dog meat trade and legal
variations and exceptions to the trade exist across the region.
There is no blanket solution that can be adopted. As the
legal structures and legislation surrounding the dog meat trade
greatly varies, the Kennel Club would call for overall greater
protection for animal welfare, the prohibition of the sale and
consumption of dogs in the dog meat trade and in countries where
these laws are already in place, enforcement and increased
sentences to deter the trade.