Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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The Dog Meat Trade – Countries Where It’s Still An Issue

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 6 ·
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The dog meat trade is a huge issue in some parts of the world, especially in Asian countries. It’s not an ethical way to treat dogs and is considered animal cruelty and criminal activity, making it illegal in most areas. So, let’s talk about the dog meat trade and countries where it’s still an issue.

What Is The Dog Meat Trade?

The dog meat trade means that there are dogs who are slaughtered for their meat. Various countries participate in this meat trade where they sell and buy dog meat from other countries for human consumption.

It’s not ethical, especially with how violent the dog meat trade can be to the dogs.

How Does The Dog Meat Trade Work?

In a nutshell, the dog meat trade is illegal. It’s animal cruelty and can also be classified as criminal activity.

Across Asia, about 30 million dogs are killed and traded for their meat.

Sadly enough, the dogs are strays, taken in from the streets. This is one reason why it’s so important to decrease the population of street dogs.

However, people who take the dogs for meat trading don’t stop at just street dogs. For example, if a dog is left outside in their yard or garden, people will come and steal the dog.

These dogs are then stuffed into trucks, packed so much to the point that the dogs can’t even move. They might be on the truck for days and days at a time when they will end up brutally slaughtered.

Some dogs are force-fed on the truck or when they arrive at the destination to be fattened up a bit before getting killed.

On the other hand, there are some areas where the dogs are bred for slaughter. They keep dogs in kennels where they are bred over and over again. The puppies (and eventually the mother) will get killed for their meat.

Some areas are boycotting the dog meat trade and doing all they can to stop it. However, there are some places where dog meat trading is still a huge part of their lifestyle.

Which Countries Are Still Involved In The Dog Meat Trade Today?

Many countries still participate in the dog meat trading industry today. It’s widely huge in Asia. For example, the following countries slaughter, sell, and eat dog meat:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Laos
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia (Northern India)
  • Nagaland (Northern India)

Some other parts of the world are also known for participating in the dog meat trade. For instance, some areas in Africa, such as Ghana, Cameroon, DRC, and Nigeria, are known for killing dogs for personal consumption. 

In addition, remote parts of Switzerland are also known to eat dog meat.

What Happens To Humans If They Eat Dog Meat?

Believe it or not, consuming dog meat isn’t the healthiest for humans. Most of this is due to how the dogs are treated (or where the dogs came from) before they’re slaughtered.

For example, if dogs are bred for their meat, they don’t get the nutrition and care they need before being killed. On the other hand, if dogs are taken off the streets, they might have parasites, rabies, or other diseases passed on to humans after consumption.

Rabies, cholera, and trichinellosis are common illnesses and diseases that humans contract after consuming dog meat. This makes humans extremely sick, but these illnesses are also fatal. 

How Can We Help Dogs And Stop The Dog Meat Trade?

There are many ways we can help the dogs and stop the dog meat trading industry for good. For example, the International Humane Society is doing all it can to help dogs worldwide.

The best way to help dogs is to ensure that dogs stay off the streets. If you see a stray pup, make sure you call the authorities, catch it yourself, and bring them to an animal shelter. They might be able to get reunited with their owners, or they’ll get adopted by a new, loving family.

Also, especially if you live in the area, keep an eye on your dog. For instance, don’t let them go outside by themselves. Instead, watch them so that they don’t get stolen.

Finally, if you know of any areas participating in the dog meat trade, call your local authorities. They’ll be able to help and shut it down.

Dog Meat Trading Needs To Go

It’s a horrible act, and the way it’s done is awful. If you see a homeless dog, do your best to help it. Also, be sure to care for your pets as best as you can.

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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