Millions of dogs are still killed annually for the dog meat trade in Asia, among them a lot of stolen family pets. Among the alleged benefits are increased sexual stamina and regulated body heat.
While these are not supported by any studies, data have shown that the brutal and unhygienic slaughter and butchery of dogs and the consumption of meat puts humans at risk and it has been linked to outbreaks of trichinosis, cholera and rabies.
According to a 2023 Nielsen/HSI survey, the vast majority of South Koreans (86%) have little to no intention of consuming dog meat in the future. A majority (57%) support a ban on the dog meat industry with animal cruelty being mentioned as top reason for those supporting a ban (53%). In similar surveys, 91% of Vietnamese citizens say the trade should be banned.
Let’s hope that South Korea will act as an example for other countries in Asia to follow.
Read more about the dog meat trade here: https://dogcatmeat.four-paws.org/