Closing this legal loophole will send an unequivocal message that this despicable act is not welcome in the UK. It will also send a powerful signal of the UK’s moral opposition to this horrific practice and encourage other nations, where there is more of a problem, to introduce a ban. Around 30 million dogs are slaughtered for consumption each year across the world, of which 70% of these are stolen pets. Dogs destined to be consumed are usually housed and transported in a way that causes huge suffering, while some are confined to small, filthy cages with little food or water. There is a misconception that dog meat is tastier and contains better properties if the animals suffer high levels of stress whilst being killed. This results in horrific suffering for the animals, with dogs being tortured, boiled, skinned or blow torched alive.