Dog Meat Trade
30M & 10M
Dogs and cats, respectively, killed annually for human consumption across Asia
Terrified dogs crammed onto a single trader’s truck
Dog meat farms in South Korea
Dog and cat traders snatch animals from the streets, steal pets from backyards or buy them from owners. They are crammed together on the back of trucks and driven for days—sick, hungry, thirsty, injured and afraid—then beaten to death or hanged in slaughterhouses or markets. In South Korea, dogs are bred in barren cages, without proper food, water or protection from the elements. Most people across Asia don’t eat dog or cat, and HSI is working with local groups to lobby for change.
Dog meat trade facts:
- In South Korea, dogs are killed by electrocution; elsewhere, they are usually bludgeoned, hanged or more rarely, boiled alive.
- Dogs and cats crammed onto trucks endure dehydration, starvation, exposure to extreme cold and heat, broken limbs, shock and disease.
- Across Asia, there is increasingly vocal local opposition to this trade due to cruelty, criminality and human health concerns.
- Dog meat is mainly, but not exclusively, eaten by older, male consumers under the misapprehension of health benefits.
- The Yulin festival in China is a dog-meat focused event. More dog meat is consumed during Bok Nal than during other times of year in South Korea.
- The World Health Organization warns that the trade, slaughter and consumption of dogs poses human health risks from trichinellosis, cholera and rabies.
- Dog meat bans exist in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore; most recently, Indonesia pledged support for a ban.