The Kennel Club fully condemns the sale and consumption of dog
meat and the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, held in China. The trade has
long been associated with a large number of animal welfare
violations, which include neglect towards the animals' physical and
mental needs, as they often live and are transported in crowded
conditions without sufficient water or food. In addition,
slaughtering methods are brutal with no regard to the welfare of
the animal and the suffering caused. As such we have long lobbied
for a ban on the sale of dogs for consumption as part of our
extensive political work.
We are aware that the World Dog Show, organised by the FCI, is
being held in China in 2019 and the Kennel Club will not be
attending the show with its roadshow stand.
The consumption of dog meat has long been a cultural phenomenon
in certain countries, and one way of helping to reduce trade in dog
meat is to promote dogs as companion animals to be loved and cared
for. The huge increase in interest in dog showing in China will
result in more people seeing them as pets first and foremost and
the Kennel Club hopes that the show, attended by dog lovers, will
help people to see dogs as creatures that can provide their owners
with unconditional love and companionship.
As part of the Kennel Club's campaign against the dog meat
trade, we contacted three of the major Kennel Clubs in China a few
years ago to seek assurance that they were taking an active role in
lobbying their own government against the trade, to protect the
welfare of China's dogs. Each of them confirmed that they were
carrying out work in this area and promoting dogs as pets and
companions and actively trying to have the trade outlawed.
The Kennel Club continues to lobby the UK Government, raising
awareness of the issue with the European Commission and Parliament
and works with other welfare organisations to apply pressure on
foreign countries to end their dog and cat meat trade or to better
enforce the bans currently in place.