Back in June, there was a lot of media attention given to the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China. This is a festival to mark the summer solstice and traditionally dog meat is on the menu.
However, many people don’t understand that the killing of dogs for meat happens year-round and not just at festival time. Animals Asia has investigated the trade of dog meat thoroughly.
Their four reports, which I have linked here, are sobering reading. “At every stage (of a 4-year investigation), investigators found a trade riddled with crime and extreme cruelty, violating existing laws on food safety, while those involved in the industry were highly secretive and suspicious of outside interest in their work.”
This is a trade of organized crime and a total disregard for animal welfare.
The black market for dog and cat meat in China
Lies, illegality and stolen lives report
Survey of public attitudes to dog and cat eating in China
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand