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In China alone, about 20 million dogs are butchered and served as food every year. Another 10 million or so are slaughtered across the rest of Asia.
The dogs are kept in cramped and decrepit rusting cages, unable to stretch let alone move about. Many dogs at markets are force-fed with tubes inserted down the throat and into the stomach and filled with rice and water to make them heavier. The heavier they are, the higher their price.
Dog don’t only suffer from being force-fed and packed into unsanitary conditions. They are also transported in trucks like garbage ready for disposal. Many of these dogs don’t make it to their destinations, dying of heat stroke, dehydration, or suffocation right in the very trucks that are supposed to deliver them to the dog meat market.
If they survive the journey, all they have to look forward to is a cruel and brutal death by electrocution, beating, hanging, or being boiled alive; the false assumption being that adrenaline improves the flavor and medicinal qualities of the meat.
The implications of the dog meat trade are immense. It’s a largely unregulated industry that is characterized by unsanitary practices. The incidence of foodborne infections is consequently high. Individuals who eat these meats are at risk of cholera and trichinellosis. Dogs packed in cages and trucks eventually contract rabies that can also endanger the people who handle them.
Dogs clearly don’t deserve this. They have been man’s companion for many millennia. They assist man in his daily pursuits, guard his home and property, and provide unconditional love and compassion when no else would.
It’s about time to stand up to the illegal dog meat trade.
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