In the cat and dog meat trade, millions of dogs and cats are
cruelly and savagely killed by people who believe the more terrified the
animal is before death, the better the meat tastes.
People in China and other Asian countries, and in Africa, inflict such an enormous degree of cruelty on these innocent and gentle animals, it is impossible for us to comprehend the full extent of the suffering.
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Across Asia and Africa, animals that would only usually be seen as pets here, are used in the cat and dog meat trade as food. Some are strays, stolen off the streets, many are peoples pets that are stolen.
They are kept in cruel conditions as they are farmed for the cat and dog meat industry. Many Chinese children have never come in to contact with a pet dog and are scared of them.
Below: The Soi Dog Foundation saved this dog from the horrors it faced in the dog meat trade.
Source: Soi dog Foundation
The cats and dogs destined to be made in to cat and dog meat are forced
in to sacks, or in tiny cages, in which they can barely move.
When transported, the cats and dogs go for days without water, slowly dying of dehydration. The cages are stacked on a the back of a vehicle and when they reach the destination where they will be brutally killed, they are roughly thrown to the ground from the back of the vehicle.
This injures the cats and dogs and breaks their bones. They receive no treatment and are left in an enormous amount of pain.
Below: Dogs are crushed together in a cage to be transported
Their pain only gets worse when each dog or cat is dragged from it's
cage and beaten. This may be to tenderise the meat, or to beat the
animal in to submission.
There is a sickening and baseless belief held that the more terrified and tortured an animal is before death, the better the meat will taste due to the adrenaline released in to the body.
Below: This dog was rescued from the dog meat trade, after having been treated appallingly, causing gashes that expose the bone in its legs.
Source: Soi Dog Foundation
While still alive and fully conscious, and in excruciating pain from
being bludgeoned, the terrified cat or dog can be skinned alive, just
like they are in the Fur Industry.
Cats and dogs can survive through this unimaginably agonising process, only to be forced in to a vat of boiling water and put through the agony of then being boiled alive. Some are cooked alive without skinning.
Cats and dogs can also be forced in to large ovens, which they cannot escape from, and are slowly baked to death inside them.
Other methods of killing the cats and dogs include strangling them or electrocuting them. Whatever method is used, you can be sure it will be a terrifying and agonising death for these companion animals.
There are no laws in China to protect animals from such incredibly cruel methods of slaughter.
Below: Dogs are frantically trying to escape as they are being boiled alive in a cauldren in South Korea, Asia. Their cries of agony attract no help.
At one time, cats and dogs were only consumed in certain areas of China. However, production has increased and the consumption of cat and dog meat has spread across China.
It is available in supermarkets and
online, and in some Provinces, it is promoted by the Government. Many
people in China fear dogs and have never experienced them as pets.
Some other Asian countries, such as Taiwan and the Philippines have recently outlawed the eating of dogs. However, the authorities do not enforce the law, so the trade thrives on the black market.
Find more information about this on the Illegal Bush Meat Trade page.
A lot of cat and dog meat is served in restaurants throughout Asia and Africa, and sold in shops and supermarkets. People can also buy a cat or dog from markets across the continents.
One such market is Hua Nam wild animal market in
Guangzhous, China, which is where the deadly SARS virus is believed to
Market stall holders dislocate or break the front legs of the animal and force it's limbs behind it's back, tying them there. This causes the cat or dog enormous amounts of pain.
They also often force a sharp and jagged tin can over the dog's muzzle, so it is completely helpless and has no way of defending itself or escaping. The jagged tin tears into their skin and causes them more pain.
Some stall holders brutally and inhumanely kill the dog or cat on the stall, in front of the other dogs who are still alive, in tiny cages.
Other stall holders sell the cats and dogs alive, to be slaughtered by the buyer.
Below: A live cat is blow torched at a market
After being purchased alive, the dog or cat is often then dragged to the
buyers home by it's tail, with all its weight on it's broken limbs,
tied behind it's back. The agony is unimaginable.
Once in the buyer's home, the animal endures a horrifyingly brutal death. Methods include skinning alive, bludgeoning to death, boiling / baking alive, stabbing to death, burning alive - any method that will end in death after the maximum suffering due to the belief that the meat tastes better the more terrified the animal is, and the more it suffers, before death.
Below: The cat and dog meat trade in Africa is not very well known, but is just as brutal as the Asian trade. The picture shows two dogs, their legs tied with rope, having their throats slit.
The Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival will takes place in the Guangxi province of China each year. 15000 dogs are slaughtered at each festival. Many dogs are abducted from their owner's homes and arrive in trucks at the festival with their collars still on.
The dogs are skinned and boiled alive. Many are hung upside down, beaten, then left to slowly bleed to death. They are also killed in front of other dogs to terrify and distress them. This obscene cruelty is all to increase the adrenaline to their muscles. They foolishly believe that the more adreniline that is released in to the terrified and tortured dogs, the more virile the meat will make the consumer of it.
Dogs are treated this way all year round and not just at festival time. The festival is used to promote dog meat.
Young Chinese animal rights activists are starting to take a stand and demanding change from their Government. They are fighting for animal rights at great personal and financial expense. Many internet websites are blocked in China, making it hard for them to raise awareness. They need the rest of the world to help put pressure on their Government.
In South Korea, last years dog meat festival was cancelled due to pressure from animal rights activists.
Organisers have been known to change the dates of the festival at the last minute in order to avoid the presence of animal rights activists.
People are also known to steal animals for the cat and dog meat industry so that animal rights activists will buy them from them in order to save them.
In Africa, although it is just as brutal. the cat and dog meat trade is not as well known. There is therefore not as much animal rights activism present.
The dog meat trade is only one aspect of horrific cruelty animals are routinely subject to in Asia.
Bears are kept for their whole lives in cages too small to turn around in, and their bile milked from infected openings cut into their stomach. You can read more about this, as well as other cruelty, on the Chinese Medicines page.
Tiny turtles are sealed into little bags and sold as living key chains.
Domestic pets and livestock are kept in appalling conditions at markets. Live chickens, turtles, quails and other birds and animals are shoved into net bags and left in the baking sun on the sidewalk without food and water until they are sold, just to be slaughtered in brutally painful ways.
Animals are crammed in to cages for months on end, before being beaten and skinned alive for their fur in the fur industry. They are often injured and left in agony inside the cages.
Charities who fight this kind of animal cruelty include:
Email campaigns and petitions are a good way to put pressure on Governments, and the charities above that fight this cruelty often have petitions against it on their websites.
Another idea is staging protests and demonstrations against the cruelty.
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