Thursday, 17th June 2021

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What about a roast DOG for dinner?

What about a roast DOG for dinner?

The good news is that the pressure created by animal protection groups has managed a significant victory in Korea resulting in the closure of the largest dog meat slaughterhouse in South Korea.

The pressure is now mounting to make the consumption of dog meat illegal. A survey by Gallup Korea conducted in June 2018 shows that 70 percent of South Koreans say they will not eat dog meat in future, and a series of recent moves to curb the dog meat trade reflects a society increasingly ill at ease with the industry.

Can you imagine eating you loyal friend? Roughly 20 million dogs are killed for consumption each year in China, making the People’s Republic the world’s largest consumer of dog meat.


Although consuming dog meat is not illegal in mainland China, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has never issued quarantine procedures for slaughtering dogs. Selling dog meat as food is against the Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China. According to the Animal Epidemic Prevention Law of the People’s Republic of China (2013 Amendment), dogs need to be vaccinated.

Dogs for eating are not vaccinated, so they are illegal to transport or to sell; however, despite this, approximately 20 million dogs each year are slaughtered for consumption. This should highlight the hypocrisy and lack of hygiene and controls in that country.

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