A whimpering dog was tied up onto the stick with which he was carried, being sold for meat at the Bac Ha market. Photograph by Jo-Anne McArthur/Animals Asia.

In China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bali and Korea, millions of cats and dogs are rounded up or bred for their meat and fur. An extensive study by Animals Asia showed the immensity of illegality involved with the cat and dog meat trade. Many of these animals killed for food are stolen pets, most do not have certificates of vaccinations and many are sick with diseases and even rabies. Animals Asia continues to work in Asia alongside other animal welfare groups to end this horrific industry. 

Dogs being transported to their slaughter. Vietnam, 2008. Photograph by Jo-Anne McArthur/Animals Asia

There is much support and work still needed to end this trade including working with locals and the government to push for positive change for the animals, providing  shelter management programs, trap, neuter and spay programs for the stray animals. Animals Asia’s Friend or Food campaign exposes the meat trade and the health risk of consuming such sick animals. Also public education is of utmost importance to encourage the nurturing and development of a strong compassionate attitude towards cats and dogs and hopefully other animals too. Their Dr. Dog program brings rescue therapy dogs to senior homes, hospitals, and orphanages and this has made such a positive change for both the animals and the people. For more information about their groundbreaking campaigns, visit Animals Asia.