Dog and cat meat

The Kennel Club is opposed to the sale and consumption of dog meat. Dogs and cats should not be slaughtered for food as they are considered to be inherently different in their temperament and physiology to domestic livestock species.

The trade has been associated with a large number of animal welfare violations, which include neglect towards their physical and mental needs, living and transported in crowded conditions without sufficient water or food. In addition, slaughtering methods are brutal with no regard to the welfare of the animal.

The Kennel Club continues to lobby the UK Government, raising awareness of the issue with the European Commission and Parliament and work with other welfare organisations to apply pressure on foreign countries to end their dog and cat meat trade or to better enforce their bans.

Last updated - November 2013

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