Much of the world views dogs as trusted companions or protectors, but in some parts of Asia, they suffer as victims of the trade in dog meat for human consumption.
HSI is working in countries across Asia to end the grisly dog meat trade. We participate in raids on trucks crammed with dogs headed for slaughter. We provide funding to train officials for improved enforcement of laws and support care for confiscated animals. In China, we're fighting to end the annual Dog Meat Festival in Yulin. In South Korea, we're helping dog meat farmers transition to more humane ways of making a living. We also helped form the Asia Canine Protection Alliance to end the illegal trade of dogs from Thailand, Cambodia and Laos into Vietnam.
By drawing the attention of governments and the public to the cruelty involved in this industry, we hope to put a stop to the misery these dogs endure.
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China is believed to kill more than 10 million of the estimated 30 million dogs slaughtered for human consumption annually worldwide.Saving dogs from China's dog meat trade Ending the Yulin "festival" Improving law enforcement
South Korea is the only country in Asia where dogs are routinely and intensively farmed for human consumption.Closing dog meat farms Boknal Days Winter Olympics 2018
India, too, has a hidden and cruel dog meat trade, despite its being illegal.Nagaland
The Asia Canine Protection Alliance seeks to end the illegal trade of dogs from Thailand, Cambodia and Laos into Viet Nam.ACPA
March 21, 2017
Animal rescuers thought they’d seen it all; then entered a dog meat farm in South Korea where 55 dogs were kept in near darkness waiting to be eaten
HSI rescuers expressed their shock and sadness at conditions at a dog meat farm in South Korea where 55 adult dogs and puppies were being caged in near darkness for the country’s dog meat trade. HSI reached an agreement with the husband and wife dog farmers to permanently close the farm and fly all the dogs to the United States for adoption into loving homes.
March 7, 2017
HSI, The HSUS and HSLF applauded legislation to ban the dog and cat meat trade in the United States. The bill, the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act of 2017, would amend the U.S Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter and trade of dogs and cats for human consumption, and would provide penalties for individuals involved in the dog or cat meat trade.
January 18, 2017
Lucky escape for eight dogs rescued from South Korean dog meat farm by charity and flown to UK for adoption
A group of eight dogs arrived safely at Heathrow Airport after being saved by HSI from their lives of misery on a South Korean dog meat farm.
January 11, 2017
Two hundred dogs from South Korean dog meat farm rescued and transported to the US, UK and Canada for adoption
HSI rescuers transported 200 dogs saved from a South Korean dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea, to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. This is the sixth dog meat farm closure managed by HSI, with a total of 770 dogs rescued since January 2015.