Campaigners Call On Dog Meat To Be Banned In UK

An animal activist carries her dog outside the Yulin government office in Beijing on June 10, 2016.Getty

Animal campaigners have called on Theresa May and the government to ban the import, export and consumption of dog meat in the country.

According to an international dog awareness group, World Dog Alliance (WDA), the consumption of dog meat has seen a sudden spike in the United Kingdom.

While the slaughter and consumption of dog meat is met with disgust and revulsion from the British public, the current laws in the UK make it perfectly legal for it to happen. WDA and other animal campaign groups are trying to get this law changed.

The WDA, in particular, has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to pass a law banning the slaughter, consumption and import and exporting of dog meat. This autumn will see the WDA launch a full campaign to raise awareness for their cause, according to Politics Home.

Kike Yeun, from the WDA, explains that a ban in the US and UK would assist the fight to alter cultural attitudes in
nations where the problem persists. They suggest some governments resist change on the basis western nations have not adopted the laws either.

Speaking to The Sun, Yeun says:

We also believe legislation against dog meat in UK would provide us with strength to continue our work in Asia, as the UK could influence other countries to stop dog meat consumption. Most of them usually refused to do so with the excuse that there is no such law in Western countries.

A dog looks out from its cage at a stall as it is displayed by a vendor as he waits for customers during a dog meat festival at a market in Yulin, in southern China's GuanginGetty

Foreign Office minister, Sir Alan Duncan, backed the proposal last night, stating it was ‘absolutely right’ to impose the ban whether it was widely practiced or not.

He said:

There is no need in the modern world for this disgusting habit.

We should nip it in the bud now to make sure the practice never takes off here. A civilised country is decent to animals, so let’s be fully decent here.

Activists protest and try their best to rescue dogs are caged at a free market ahead of the Yulin Dog Eating Festival in Yulin city prior to dog meat ban.Getty

Chair of the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group, Lisa Cameron, said:

I very much support a ban on dog meat consumption in the UK, and urge the Government to look at this as a matter of urgency.

We must be culturally sensitive, but I do not believe the general public would approve of the practice at all.

Dogs are sentient beings and we value them very highly as pets. The last thing we want is dog farms here.

A spokesperson for Defra added:

Britain is a nation of animal lovers and we are proud to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world.

That is why we’re planning to raise the maximum sentence for animal cruelty to five years so those who commit the most shocking crimes towards animals are suitably punished.

Animal activists display protest banners outside the Yulin government office in Beijing on June 10, 2016 prior to dog meat ban.Getty

In 2010, a legislative proposal for banning cruelty to animals was drafted by Chinese legal scholars and experts. The proposal was sent to the National People’s Congress for its opinion. It has never been entered in the legislative agenda.

Due to the lax observation of the law, gangs have cropped up around mainland China, who kidnap pet dogs to sell to dog meat traders.

It’s allowed China’s criminal underworld to prosper. Each year thousands of dogs are stolen and as many as 20 million dogs are killed to satisfy the dog meat industry.

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