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Many people don’t realise that every year, millions of dogs in Asia are stolen from the streets or their homes to be slaughtered for their meat. Dogs are bred for consumption in South Korea and kept in appalling conditions on ‘dog meat farms’. These dogs live tortured lives spent entirely in cages, only to be killed in horrifically brutal ways. But what do we know about this industry and what measures are being taken to stop it?
Did You Know?
30 million dogs are reportedly killed for human consumption each year across Asia
Up to 20 million dogs are reportedly slaughtered annually in China
Two million dogs are reportedly killed for food every year in South Korea
Five million dogs are slaughtered in Vietnam every year
100,000 metric tonnes of dog meat are eaten annually
China holds an annual dog meat festival in Yulin, where dogs are slaughtered in their thousands over a 10-day period
There are an estimated 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea, with reports of some located near the Olympic venue
Common breeds killed for their meat include golden retrievers, spaniels, beagles and greyhounds, as well as Korean jindos and mastiffs
Dog meat, much like drugs, has become a profitable source of criminal income which can’t be regulated