– [Narrator] Humans have well established relationships with dogs
that date back to 15,000 BC. There are about 50 million dogs in North American homes and 110 million in China. While most people today treasure
dogs as companion animals, many are still being raised as livestock for human consumption. The honest truth about the dog meat trade. Killing dogs for meat is a
serious animal welfare issue in Asian countries. It’s a billion dollar industry. 30 million dogs are
killed annually in Asia for human consumption. In Vietnam, five million
dogs are slaughtered yearly. In South Korea, one
million are slaughtered. In response to public outcry, the nation decided to make
killing dogs for food illegal but eating dog meat
however is still accepted. China may have one of the
densest pet dog populations. But it also has one of the
highest numbers of dogs killed for food. In the estimated 10 million
dogs killed for dog meat in the country every year. Only 20% of the population
actually eats it. While 65% have never even tried it. Why eat dog? At the beginning of the
first millennium in 206 AD, China was in a feudal state
during the Han Dynasty. At the time it was common to eat dog meat. Farmers often resorted to
slaughtering their dogs to supplement their limited
diet of rice and millet. By the Sui and Tang dynasties
from 508 AD to 907 AD, people began to eschew eating dog meat as they started to see
dogs as loyal companions. Over the centuries, food
availability began to rise and people of today no longer need to rely on dog meat for sustenance. Eating dog may seem
obviously inhumane to many but for some in Asian
cultures there’s a myth that pet dogs are
different than meat dogs. Animal welfare groups such as
Soi Dog are actively trying to bust that myth and educate
the public on the cruelty that is involved in
slaughtering dogs for food. The group launched a
campaign in South Korea called A Dog Is A Dog to
combat the misinformed notion that meat dogs do not
have a soul or feelings while pet dogs do. The dog meat trade is considered
inhumane for many reasons. The dogs are raised on factory farms and cramped in unsanitary conditions. Animals Asia notes that a
large percentage of dogs were either originally vulnerable strays or in many cases, pet dogs
stolen from families’ homes. Dogs are tortured for hours
before being skinned alive in boiling water, burned
alive, hanged, or electrocuted. According to Soi Dog,
the reason for torturing these creatures is due to the
belief that pain inflicted will tenderize the meat. Dogs are shipped to meat
markets in cramped cages and they arrive dehydrated,
injured, and exhausted. As they watch other dogs
get bludgeoned to death. President of Humane Society International and the Humane Society
of the United States, Kitty Block visited one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat farms before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and was quote, heartbroken to see how starved these animals were. Not just for food but for human attention. As the inhumane reality
behind the dog meat trade is coming to light, there
has been major controversy surrounding China’s popular
Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The Yulin Festival goes
by the official name the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival and 2019’s event will take
place on June 21st to June 30th. During this time an estimated 10,000 dogs will be tortured and eaten. Animal activists have reported
that dogs are publicly clubbed to death at the festival and that it’s hygiene practices
do not meet the requirements of Chinese regulations. In China activists are working hard to end the dog meat trade. Organizations such as
Soi Dog, Animals Asia, and Humane Society International
are facilitating rescues in China to save vulnerable dogs. And they’re also addressing
the industry’s systemic issues. HSI launched China
Animal Protection Power, a team of activists that
work with local authorities to pull over trucks jammed
with illegally acquired and illegally transported dogs and cats. There is even a ban on
dog meat in Hong Kong. Dog meat bans have been introduced in other eastern countries too. The Philippines, Taiwan,
Thailand, and Singapore. More recently, Indonesia has
pledged support for a ban. In the U.S., a bill was
introduced in late 2018 to ban the import, export,
and slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption. A similar bill has been
introduced in the UK that would ban the sale of
dog meat across the country. Want to show your support
for bills to ban dog meat? Check out the links to petitions
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