We attended the Asia Anti-dog Meat Alliance conference in Taiwan on April 13th.
The dog meat industry is a serious and widespread problem in Asian countries, of which even Japan, a country that one wouldn’t think has dog farms, has 100 restaurants that serve dog meat.
Along with CARE, animal rights organizations from Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China attended the inaugural meeting, and congress people from Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong promised to collaborate on banning dog meat consumption in Asia.
The following is a press release from the Kyodo News Agency.
Forming an alliance to ban dog meat in Asia
April 12, 2019, 12:59 am
Last Thursday in Taipei, Asian countries made an international alliance to ban the slaughter, consumption, and distribution of dog and cat meat.
According to the founder of Asian Animal Friendly Alliance, Genlin Peng, the goal of the alliance is to lobby the legislative branch of each country to amend or establish their laws to protect animals.
Every year, over 30,000,000 dogs are butchered for consumption, and 70% of those dogs were stolen. Half of the figure occurs in China, 7,000,000 in Korea, and 5,000,000 in Vietnam.
According to Japanese participant Assemblyman Kusuo Oshima, majority of the Japanese population does not consume dog meat. However, some restaurants and shops serve imported dog meat (often to foreigners.)
From statistics obtained by Peng’s World Dog Alliance, 450 tonnes of dog meat were distributed in Japan between 2002 and 2016. This is about 100,000 dogs. Oshima revealed that he had made a request to the Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo last year to ban dog meat distribution and disclosed the letter US Congressman Jeff Denham sent Abe last month urging collaboration with America to ban dog meat distribution in Japan. Last December, the US Congress forbade dog meat distribution.
In April 2017, Taiwan’s legislative branch amended its Laws to prohibit dog and cat consumption and increased its maximum penalty for animal abuse. Two months ago, Taiwan had also banned euthanizing abandoned pets.
These successes in Taiwan and America brought great hope for Peng’s international legislative campaign to ban the dog meat industry.
He has been visiting the UK, Italy, Norway, France, and China to campaign for the passing of these laws. Among the government officials who attended last Thursday’s Alliance conference, 1 was from Taiwan, 2 from Japan (including Oshima), and 1 from Hong Kong.
Peng indicated his hopes that Japan will follow Taiwan and America in banning dog and cat meat consumption, slaughter, and distribution before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.