Take action against the barbaric dog meat trade!
I am writing with regards to the submission to the committee for a debate on the dog meat trade.
The dog meat trade sees between 30 million and 50 million dogs die a horrific death involving a level of torture hard for any normal human being to comprehend. They are often skinned alive, burnt, pumped full of antibiotics and stuffed into cramped cages.
Whilst the majority of this happens in Asia, in particular in China, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand, it is a matter that impacts the UK beyond just the moral and ethical aspects. The consumption of dog meat represents a serious and proven health hazard to those eating it, whether native inhabitants or tourists. Not only does it present a health hazard, but the skins produced in the trade have also started to infect the leather supply chain. The organization PETA for example found articles including gloves and shoes to have been made from dog skin. It is now conceivable that the UK is also unwittingly importing such goods.
I would like to request that the government table a debate soon to discuss what action can be taken in respect of this barbaric trade. It is debate that many want to see. The MP Briefing held at the House of Commons in January attracted an unparalleled number of MPs as well as celebrities such as Dame Judi Dench and Peter Egan. The UK clearly cares deeply about this matter.
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