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Dogs and Cats Continue to Suffer for Meat Trade


Today, Animal Equality released a new investigation that reveals that live animal markets continue to sell and slaughter dogs and cats for meat.

This is not the first time we’ve investigated the cruel dog and cat meat industry but with new images collected in China in May 2020, we have again proven that – much like the farming of all animals for consumption – this trade is ongoing and brutal to its animal victims. In exclusive footage collected with the help of local activists in several cities, the investigation shows: 

  • Caged dogs and cats piled on top of each other
  • Dogs killed and skinned on the spot to be sold to consumers, in front of other animals
  • Frightened cats crying out and being violently removed from cages with metal pliers
  • Animals beaten and killed using metal bars
  • Dog and cat meat prepared and displayed by the vendors without adhering to sanitation standards 

Although most people in China do not eat cat or dog meat, more than 10 million dogs and 4 million cats are killed for consumption each year in the country.

The new video also includes footage from our previous investigations into the dog and cat meat trade, which we began reporting on in 2013. Thanks to our work – and with the help of many incredibly brave local activists – 33 cat and dog meat retailers and a dog slaughterhouse have been closed by authorities, and this important issue has been seen by millions of people around the world. 

“The footage our investigative team was able to collect is truly shocking. Despite international outcry, dogs and cats continue to suffer in China, victims of a cruel industry. These animals are usually kidnapped from loving homes to be then confined in cages and brutally slaughtered. The time is now to end the dog and cat meat trade for good.” says Sharon Núñez, President of Animal Equality.

We’re asking the Chinese Government to permanently ban the consumption of dog and cat meat throughout the country. Our international petition has already collected more than 650,000 signatures across the world. To have the greatest impact for these animals, please sign and share our petition. And remember, billions of farmed animals are suffering around the world. Whether the animal is a cat, a dog, a chicken or a pig – all animals deserve compassion. Please, leave all animals off your plate.

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