While most people across the world consider dogs the furry friends that complete a family, a British tabloid is reporting that dog eating is on the rise in the United Kingdom.
The Sun reports campaigners have called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to ban the eating of dogs in Britain after claiming the disturbing practice is on the rice across Europe.
International canine welfare group, the World Dog Alliance (WDA), is launching a campaign in the UK for a full ban on dog meat consumption, according to the report.
Despite widespread public revulsion, however, killing dogs or consuming their meat is still considered legal in Britain. The Hong Kong-based WDA believes immigration from the Far East is spreading the habit of eating canines across Europe.
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A full ban on dog meat is being introduced in the US next month, which was prompted by the WDA, to curb its rise in the States.
Reacting to The Sun’s revelations, the British prime minister’s official spokesperson said: “The commercial trade in dog meat in the UK is illegal, but we will look closely at the decision taken in the US.
“Britain is a nation of animal lovers and we continue to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world. We wish to maintain that.”
In Asia, approximately 30 million dogs are slaughtered each year for consumption. Dog eating is common in countries such as China, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
In China, 20 per cent of the population still eats dog meat, and the country counts for half the annual slaughter. And in South Korea, 60 per cent of people eat dog meat regularly and five million dogs are slaughtered each year to feed their appetite. The market for dog meat is increasing as it’s considered a delicacy.
The WDA has also been urging Asian countries to ban dog meat consumption.
In most states in Australia it’s not an offence to eat cats and dogs. South Australia is the only state which definitively prohibits the consumption of meat derived from a cat or dog, according to the RSPCA. However, the sale of cat and dog is prohibited in all states.