The dog meat trade in Asia is an unregulated industry imposing dangerous health risks.

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This is petition addressed to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization: The dog meat trade in Asia is an unregulated industry imposing dangerous health risks.

Dear United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization:

We are reaching out to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations help put an end to the dog meat trade in Asia.  As an international organization dedicated to the eradication of hunger and to the proper use of natural resources to maintain sustainable food sources, you have the ability to use your organization and influence to bring awareness to this subject.

In South Korea alone, 2.5 million dogs are slaughtered and consumed each year.   The farming and methods of slaughter are unregulated, and this allows the meat trade industry to practice in an entirely uncontrolled environment.  The methods utilized in this poorly regulated industry are barbaric, and the conditions under which these animals are kept are horrendous. 

The health risks to humans are all too real.  By the time these dogs are slaughtered, they are so sick with untreated broken bones, infections and malnutrition, that anyone who has not themselves witnessed the documentaries of this practice has no idea that the meat that is going into their “health soup” has been harvested in the most disgusting and unsanitary fashion. 

The slaughter methods themselves are nothing short of sadistic and inhumane.  They promote the misguided belief that the adrenaline release which occurs at death improves the quality of the meat, so that the dogs are purposefully tortured and made to experience extreme fear and suffering at slaughter.  This often takes the form of prolonged beatings while being hanged, and smaller dogs and cats are boiled alive to make “tonics” which are purported to treat ailments such as rheumatism.

It has been well-documented that the treatment of these dogs is unimaginably cruel and inhumane.  From birth to death they are kept in cramped cages raised off of the ground, so that their feet never touch the ground their entire lives.  They are fed food wastes in extremely unsanitary conditions.  Their treatment during transport to slaughter is horrific.  They are packed so tightly into cages like stuffed animals that many die from being crushed by the weight of the other dogs.  They must endure extreme heat and cold, and are given no water during the days-long trek, so that many die of dehydration. 

We are asking you to help bring awareness and a solution to this problem. 

Thank you,


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