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The dog meat trade in China

China meat trade photo

Photo courtesy of Animals Asia

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

China’s rural dogs in crisis

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

Swiss chocolates (yes); Swiss roast dinner (no)

I, like many women, love chocolate and the Swiss are known for it.  However, some Swiss nationals, particularly farmers, regularly eat dog and cat as a meat source.

The advocacy group SOS Chats Noiragigue is leading a campaign to ban the consumption of cats and dogs with a petition to parliament.  As of late November 2014, 18,000 signatures had been gathered including that of famous actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot.

Actress Brigitte Bardot is just one signatory on a petition to outlaw the consumption of dog and cat meat in Switzerland

Actress Brigitte Bardot is just one signatory on a petition to outlaw the consumption of dog and cat meat in Switzerland

Dog meat is primarily used in sausages.

In Switzerland, a proposal needs 100,000 signatures out of a total population of around 8 million for a national referendum to be held on the issue.

With the power of the internet, animal lovers from around the globe can sign a petition to help add weight to this cause.  The Force Change petition is here.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand