The Vile Dog and Cat Meat Trade
At this very moment in time, hundred of thousands of dogs and cats are currently being gathered from all over countries such as China, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam - and they are being kept in horrible conditions. The animals, destined to be slaughtered for their meat, are forced into sacks or tiny rusty cages, packed so tightly that they can barely move.
Most of the dogs and cats that are gathered are strays; some are even pets that have been stolen from family homes. Dogs from South Korea are likely to have been bred and raised on specific meat farms under horrendous conditions (an estimated 2.5 to 3 million dogs suffer on these farms each year).
Around 10,000 dogs are slaughtered at the Yulin festival every year in China. An estimated 30 million dogs are eaten annually worldwide, according to Humane Society International.
Published by Bo Ai Animal Protection Centre Of Guangyuan on 16th June 2016 - Dogs are stolen for the dog meat trade every day in China. In the run up to Yulin Dog Meat Festival, this is happening even more. People like the man on the motorcycle poison dart dogs and then take them away to be sold to butchers. They see these innocent lives as easy money, and some poison and kill hundreds of dogs every day and transport them to Yulin to sell. The dog meat eaters are oblivious to how the meat on their plate ended up there.
The animals are sent on long, gruelling journeys to numerous slaughterhouses.
Whilst being transported they go without food and water for days (the very basic of needs for any living animal) until they reach their destination. Some of the animals do not survive the journey, dying from suffocation, dehydration, disease or heatstroke – they are classed as the 'lucky ones'. The ones that do survive will experience tremendous suffering. Cages are stacked high on the back of a transport vehicle. Eventually, once their destination has finally been reached, the cages are roughly thrown to the ground where exposed legs sticking out of the cages get broken and crush injuries are caused by the tightly packed bodies.
Each animal is deliberately and sadistically tortured before and during slaughter. This is based on (unfounded) belief, unquestionably passed from generation to generation, that tortured meat ladened with adrenaline will a) taste better (the meat being more tender); b) assist in making men more virile; and c) the meat supposedly helps to keep the body cool during the summer months.
All those beliefs sickeningly 'justify' the torture that each animal endures:
Firstly in order to stop the animal running away their paws are either hacked off or their hocks are hacked into to sever the tendons.
Then the animal is:
bludgeoned to death (sometimes while being hung) with a metal rod,
skinned alive (just like they are in the fur industry),
boiled alive or thrown into a 'hair removal machine' (essentially a rotating drum with a grated interior which scrapes the hair and flesh off the animal as it is spun around – most animals are still conscious during this process),
hung by the neck and either agonisingly blow-torched to death or slowly baked to death in large ovens.
Sometimes the animal may endure all of those procedures, before being disembowelled and dismembered
And this all takes place in full view of the other captive animals – sentient beings that understand and feel fear just like you and I do.
Photos of investigation by Animal Equality International and Korea Dogs - CLICK HERE
Animal Welfare Institute on the The Dog Meat Trade - CLICK HERE
Status: This is a grey area. The dog meat trade in China has not been classed as 'legal' and, at the time of writing this, the Chinese Government are not taking steps to stop it. Traders mainly resort to unlawful methods of obtaining dogs in order to meet the trade demand – most are taken as strays, and as mentioned earlier, some are family pets that have been stolen from their homes (and can sometimes be seen to still have their collars on).
Consumption / Events: Dog and cat meat is consumed all year round. The 'Yulin Festival' (otherwise known as the 'Lychee and Dog Meat' festival) is held in Yulin, Guangxi, on a yearly basis. Although the tradition is an estimated 400 years old, the Yulin Festival is a fairly recent celebration held in order to promote the dog meat trade and its unfounded health benefits. An estimated 10 -15,000 animals are thought to be slaughtered and consumed during the 10 day period.
(and North Korea, although information is limited as to how much meat is consumed)
Status: Dogs were given the same legal status as livestock between 1975 and 1978, which meant there were supposedly given the same protection. However today the legality of the trade is yet another grey area. Although weak compared to international standards, South Korea passed its first 'Animal Protection Law' in 1991, which does not specifically stop the slaughter of dogs for food, but it “prohibits killing animals in a brutal way”, and it “forbids killing dogs in open areas such as on the street or in front of other animals of the same species”.
Consumption / Events: Most people in South Korea do not regularly eat dog meat. However during the summer months, and in particular the hottest days of the lunar calendar (Korean term being 'Bok-nal') dog meat is regularly consumed, again, for the unfounded tradition that dog meat helps to keep bodies cool. Hundreds of thousands of dogs are slaughtered at this time (an estimated 60-80 per cent of the entire years dog farming is consumed at this event, with an estimated 20 per cent overall being imported from China).
Philippines, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam
Status: The Philippines and Thailand have banned dog consumption, making the trade illegal. However unlawful trafficing of animals across boarders make it difficult to police. It is believed that Thailand supplies most of Laos and Vietnam's demand.
Consumption / Events: From the end of the 19th Century to 1945 the trade and consumption of dog meat was banned. The trade went 'underground' and terms like “Thit Cay” (meaning meat of small to medium sized animals) were used. Since the 1990's dog meat consumption has increased, and today the term “Thit Cho” (meaning dog meat) can be found in many restaurants to advertise dog meat is available within their establishment.
According to Vietnam's Department of Animal Health, it is estimated that approximately 500,000 dogs are illegally imported from Thailand into Vietnam each year for the dog meat trade (a distance of 435 miles). On average, a village slaughterhouse kills around 400 dogs per day – that number increases significantly during the end of the lunar month as it is a well-known tradition (again, unfounded) that it will bring good luck (not for the poor dogs!!)
Warning Some viewers may find scenes in the video distressing
Status: Not known
Consumption / Events: Dog meat is a common dish in Nigeria. It is (again, founded) belief that consumption builds immunity to disease. A popular dish is 'Suya', grilled meat most often from a dog, to protect against the outbreak of Ebola. It is also believed to improve a man's virility.
'Ogun Festival' – a three day event held each July whereby two live dogs are sacrificed to the 'God of Iron'. Two dogs are prepared for slaughter by several men positioning themselves on either end of the dogs. The men pull hard in different directions as the dogs limbs are slowly pulled apart. Once the dogs are dead, their meat is cooked as a celebration.
'Evala Festival' – each year during the last week in June, thousands of African men go into isolation for a week and gorge on dog meat for seven days. The men reappear gorging on more dog meat as they compete in wrestling competitions known as 'Evala' in Togo, Africa. Before entering the wrestling arena a dog is killed and its body fat is rubbed onto the fighters body so that his opponent cannot sieze him. The wrestling matches are spread across various locations, and so does the number of dogs slaughtered for each event.
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Fight Dog Meat are Exposing the dog and cat meat trade and fur trade worldwide and supporting fellow fighters of the trades. Please see website HERE for more information
India - Nagaland
13th July 2016 - Undercover Investigation Reveals Dogs Killed in Horrific ‘Death Pits’ to Fuel India’s Illegal Meat Trade - The reality of the illegal dog meat trade is something that most dog-lovers find very difficult to stomach. We see our dogs as beloved and trusted companions and the idea that any person could bring themselves to torture or kill a pup is absolutely abhorrent. In the wake of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China and the beginning of Bok-Nal in South Korea, many organizations and individuals have stepped up to raise awareness for the practice of dog meat eating and help to either make it illegal or hinder the trade as much as possible......... READ FULL ARTICLE
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Major Health Concerns
Dog meat is mainly consumed for (supposed) health benefits. The supporters of the trade believe that dog bone contains anti-inflammatory properties, dog penis and testes are believed to increase virility and cure impotence, and dog meat soup is supposedly a coolant during the hot summer months. Dog meat is also recommended by some doctors for patients that have recently undergone surgery, as it is perceived to have curative effects.
While there are significant animal welfare issues surrounding the dog meat trade, there is no scientific evidence to support any of the (supposed) health claims. There is however, very strong evidence that the dog meat trade is proving to be a significant risk to human health. The unregulated sourcing, farming, transporting, slaughtering and consumption of the dogs can assist in the transmission of cholera, trichinellosis and rabies.
China has the world’s second highest incidence of rabies in humans. And according to China’s Ministry for Public Health, Guangxi province (where Yulin is located), has the largest number of cases in China, while Yulin is one of China’s ‘top ten’ cities for cases of human rabies.
In 2008 the World Health Organisation (WHO) highlighted the trade in dogs for human consumption as a contributing factor to the spread of rabies in Indonesia. In 2007 there was an outbreak of rabies in Ba Vi, Vietnam and the District Department of Animal Health (DAH) reported that 70% of deaths were from dog bites with 30% linked to the slaughtering process, and in 2008 there was an outbreak of cholera in northern Vietnam with research concluding that the consumption of dog meat was to blame.
Eating dog meat itself does not cause rabies. The handling and slaughter of vast numbers of unvaccinated dogs exposes the traders to a high risk of rabies infection:
Dogs that are bred on large scale farms (some housing thousands of dogs) are not regulated and are without measures to control outbreak of disease. The dogs are housed in unhygienic, stressful and cramped conditions; dogs frequently fight enhancing the opportunity for disease transmission. They are usually fed horrendously poor quality food, which in itself increases the risk of infectious disease.
During the horrific torture and slaughter process, dogs are understandably scared and stressed and are likely to bite and scratch handlers, potentially passing on disease. Similarly disease can spread through contamination of cuts or abrasions on the skin when raw meat and carcasses are handled.
(source: For Animals Foundation; Humane Society International)
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Dogs and Cats in the Fur Trade
Dogs and cats are also killed inhumanely for their fur....hanged...bludgeoned....bled to death.....many still alive when their skinned bodies are thrown away like garbage....and for what?? Fur trim for clothes and boots....toys....and fur rugs that nobody needs in the 21st century
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This video has NO graphic footage - removing the need to turn away
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Eating Happiness (Official Trailer)
These de-feathering/de-furring machines are sold in every country, online, and are purchased by many dog and cat meat traders due to high demand for dog and cat meat. The machines are widely used in several poultry farms and meat shops, called a Chicken Feather Machine it's used for the purpose of feathered birds.
The drums come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Please see google images here
So what are these machines? These machines are agricultural plucking machines which can be altered and tweaked to easily remove the hair from animals without damaging the main carcass. These cylindrical spinning drums are normally used to remove the fine hair/feather from poultry. These machines are also easy for any dog meat trader to manufacturer themselves. Feel free to Google search and see for yourselves.
(Vietnam - Hanoi - Dog Butcher - Machine to Remove The Dog Fur - Image source Flickr - Manfred Sommer )
These machinese are commonly used in rural markets.
The drums will hosts identical sized hard or soft spinning sticks that grab the fine fur and/or feathers while spinning the carcass at high speeds from underneath; during the process fine mist sprays will spray water on the animals carcass thus leaving a clean hair/feather free carcass.
(South Korea - Dog Butcher with a machine to Remove The Dog Fur - Image source Flickr Korean Dogs)
Animal Activists were questioning some of the big companies like Samsung in manufacturing these machines to the dog/cat meat traders.
The claim - A machine used to skin dogs is manufactured and sold by Samsung.
A graphic calling for a boycott of Samsung products over allegations of animal abuse is based on faulty information - Please see our Fake information page
This footage shows how dog thieves steal a helpless dog from a street in seconds, to be sold later at the dog meat eating Festival in Yulin.