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Animal Rights Group Reveal Millions Of Cats And Dogs Getting Butchered Illegally In Asia

While the current coronavirus epidemic continues to ravage countries and place enormous pressure on China’s exotic wildlife trade, animal campaigners from Asia are starting to shine more light on just how much dogs and cats are being killed and butchered for human consumption on the continent, calling for more awareness and movement to stop the cruelty these animals are facing.

As bizarre as it may sound, many live-animal markets and restaurants actually carry dog meat in order to meet the demand not just from locals, but also from tourists that come from both China and South Korea.

According to the animal campaigners, the trade and eating of animals, be they companion or wild, not only threatens their numbers and drives them to endangerment, but also poses a lot of health risks, such as the spreading of rabies or even something like bird flu.

Despite many calls for action, the numbers of these animals that get killed is still staggering. In fact, FOUR PAWS, a Vienna-based global animal protection organization, just released a report that reveals around 9 million dogs and 1 million cats are killed brutally each year in countries like Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. What’s even worse is that many of these animals, which get stabbed, burnt alive, drowned or hung, are pets that have been stolen from their owners.

“There is a growing local opposition to the dog and cat meat trade throughout Southeast Asia, particularly among the younger generation and among pet owners in the region. Government officials in the countries involved are also showing signs of wanting this trade to end,” the report from the organization said.

“Our investigations have documented the horrendous suffering inflicted on dogs and cats as they are snatched from the streets or stolen from their homes, transported and held in appalling conditions, to be brutally and mercilessly slaughtered by the crudest of means,” Josef Pfabigan, FOUR PAWS chief executive, said.

And it’s not just pets and domesticated animals that fall victim to these practices since wild and exotic species are also threatened.

As such, efforts are being made to curb animal cruelty and their trade.

Dogs waiting to be sold as food are in kept in a cage on a truck in Songnam, about 50km (30 miles) south of Seoul July 29, 2004. While animal rights activists have condemned dog meat as a cruel treatment of the animals, it is still an accepted popular del Dogs waiting to be sold as food are in kept in a cage on a truck in Songnam, about 50km (30 miles) south of Seoul July 29, 2004. While animal rights activists have condemned dog meat as a cruel treatment of the animals, it is still an accepted popular delicacy for some South Korean, as well in some other Asian countries. Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

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