Express – End this barbaric trade in dog meat in Asia


No one in the UK eats pets, surely. So what could it possibly have to do with us? It is a question I am often asked as an animal lover and campaigner for animal rights.

When I start to explain, I rarely get very far. The majority of people on hearing of the horror surrounding this barbaric business wince and turn away saying, “I don’t want to hear.” So it was with great relief on my part that Labour MP Rob Flello not only wanted to hear but wanted to talk and sponsor the debate that took place.

And this is what he needed to talk about: it is estimated that between 30-50 million dogs and cats a year are inhumanely trafficked and slaughtered in the most horrific manner for their meat or skins in Asia.

The largest consumers are Vietnam and China, where almost all the dogs that reach the table to serve this cruel appetite are domestic pets which, apart from the obvious cost to the animals, creates huge social problems. It is criminal gangs stealing and trafficking in this torturous trade and families are losing beloved companions.

In South Korea there are thousands of dog farms where the animals are kept in iron cages suspended above the floor which is covered in their urine, vomit and faeces, their paws never touching solid ground.

As the dogs are sold by weight to restaurants the broker middle-men often stuff them full of grain to increase the price. With their stomachs bloated, the animals are then moved to wire cages, rectangular and flat like suitcases, ready for transportation.

Crammed together eight to a cage and piled like sardines one on top of the other, their bones break and they suffocate, either dying in their own excrement or they survive the journey, are hosed down on arrival and dumped into another cage until they are ready for slaughter.



Many people argue that the consumption of dog meat is due to poverty and cultural differences. I fail to see any degree of culture in this horrific practice and that assertion is disputed by others who say that dog meat is a luxury item without any established cultural tradition to support it. It is worth noting that in many of these countries the majority of the indigenous population frown upon this gruesome trade.

You can see why so many people turn away when it is explained to them and that is without describing the horrific and unbearable methods of slaughter, done in full view of other dogs in cages observing what is to be their fate.

I am the proud carer, with my wife Myra, of six rescue dogs. I know how intuitive and sensitive they are. I know the terror they would feel in such a situation.

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BBC – ‘Barbaric’ dog meat trade condemned by MPs

Rob Flello

The government is to write to UK embassies in countries where dog meat is consumed urging them to step up efforts to push for an end to the trade.

Foreign Office Minister James Duddridge made the commitment in a Commons debate as MPs described the industry as “inhumane” and “disgusting”.

Labour MP Rob Flello said other countries’ traditions could not be a “smokescreen” for “barbaric” practices.

He called for action to stop an annual dog meat festival in south-west China.

The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin in Guangxi province sparked huge protests in June, when 10,000 dogs were said to have been slaughtered. However, residents and vendors in Yulin said the animals were killed in a humane way.

Speaking during a backbench business debate in the Commons, Mr Flello said: “I don’t believe that it is generally the role of this House to tell societies abroad what they should and shouldn’t do based on Western sensibilities.

“But we cannot allow for tradition to be used as a smokescreen for practices that are barbaric, cruel, inhumane, disgusting – pick any word you can possibly pick and it will not come close to what we are discussing here today.”

Rob Flello

Dogs help humans “in many, many ways,” he said: “But what dogs are not for is for the barbaric, disgusting, cruel, vicious, evil of putting them on somebody’s plate in the most horrible ways that this House in its worst nightmares could ever imagine.”

Conservative MP Simon Hoare expressed sympathy for Mr Flello’s motion but but warned against telling other countries what to do.

“If we go down a cultural imperialist route, as desirable as the outcome might be, I am tempted to think that there would be a very fierce backlash against that,” he added.

Promising to write to all ambassadors in the area to review what they are doing about the trade, Mr Duddridge said the government was committed to improving animal welfare around the world, including working with the Chinese administration, and was able “to have these difficult discussions across cultural divides”.

He added: “We will continue to raise these issues in the most effective way possible – which isn’t always megaphone diplomacy but sometimes speaking louder on these important issues is needed and where it is needed, we are prepared to speak.”

Mr Flello’s motion calling for “an immediate end to dog meat trade cruelty” and supporting the Humane Society lnternational’s campaign “to end the dog meat trade by working with government officials”, was agreed by the MPs but is not binding on the government.


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