“The commercial trade in dog meat in the UK is illegal, but we will look closely at the decision taken in the US. Britain is a nation of animal lovers and we continue to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world. We wish to maintain that.”

– Theresa May, Prime Minister

Why should the UK outlaw dog meat consumption?

  • 1. Close the loophole to make dog meat consumption illegal

    Currently, the sale of dog meat and the slaughter of dogs in abattoirs is illegal. However, the law still permits the consumption of dog meat in the UK. This is a legal loophole that needs to be closed through the through the introduction of a ban on the consumption of dog meat in the UK. While thankfully to date these practices have not been reported in the country, we want to ensure that it never happens. 

  • 2. Show moral opposition to the cruel practices of eating dog meat around the world

    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.

  • 3. Other countries and regions already legally-ban the consumption of dog meat

    It is already illegal in countries across the world including Germany, Austria, Taiwan and Hong Kong. South Australia has also banned the practice even though no cases of dog meat consumption have been reported. Soon it will be illegal in the US. The UK needs to follow these countries in enacting a ban if it is to keep its leading global role in animal welfare.

  • 4. Maintain the UK's global lead in animal welfare after Brexit

    The UK was the first country in the world to enact laws for animal welfare. As a nation of dog lovers, it is shocking to realize dog meat consumption still legal in the UK. The Prime Minister Theresa May has publicly stated that she wishes to maintain UK’s top animal welfare standard. A British ban would, once again, demonstrate that the UK is a global leader in the protection of animals.

  • 5. Canine rights need to be respected

    Some people believe a ban would violate people’s rights to food choices. Dogs are humans’ best and the most loyal friends. It is impossible for us to eat our friends, or to stand by as they are abused. WDA believes that dogs are not only pets. They are our companions. Canine rights deserve more attention than human ‘preferences’ for food.

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