Dogs in cages

About the Dog Meat Trade in Asia

It's estimated that in China alone, 10 million dogs and 4 million cats, are slaughtered for the dog meat trade each year.

Dog in cageDogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, many of them family pets still wearing their collars, are snatched from the streets and forced into tiny cages. Many suffer broken limbs as they are transported vast distances, without food or water.

When they finally arrive at the dog meat markets, injured, dehydrated and exhausted, they are forced to watch in terror as other dogs are bludgeoned to death or thrown still alive into boiling water to remove their skins.

Animals Asia has exposed the Asian dog meat trade's false claims that it farms dogs for food on 'dog meat farms'. Most 'meat dogs' are vulnerable strays or pets, stolen from their families.



What is the Yulin Dog Meat Festival?

Every June, the small city of Yulin in China holds an annual "Lychee and Dog Meat Festival", usually referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

Although the numbers of dogs killed at this 'dog eating festival' have been declining each year since 2015, when it comes to the dog and cat meat trade, the Yulin festival is sometimes seen as its flagship event.

But the truth is, the Yulin dog eating festival is just the tip of the iceberg, with the number of dogs slaughtered at the festival representing less than 0.01% of the Chinese dog meat trade as a whole.

This violent and crime-ridden trade doesn't end after Yulin when the cameras leave. It's alive all year round. Ending Yulin won't end dog eating. But ending dog eating will end Yulin.

That's why Animals Asia remains focused on the end game… Ending dog and cat eating in China, altogether.


Dog Cruelty in China

The dog meat industry has long claimed that it farms dogs for their meat, boasting more than 100 registered 'dog meat farms'.

But in 2015, a four-year undercover investigation by Animals Asia into the Chinese dog meat trade exposed these claims as false. None of its registered 'farms' had more than 30 dogs on-site and such small scale operations cannot possibly meet such a demand.

Some dog meat farms had even been registered under multiple names to manipulate figures, and cover-up the widespread dog and cat thefts which sustains this dirty industry.


Animals Asia is Helping Dogs in China

Rescue dog with puppiesIn the last 2 years, Animals Asia has investigated and reported 1,039 dog and cat meat restaurants in 52 cities across China. As a result, over 100 restaurants have been ordered to stop selling dog meat, or to close altogether due to illegality in their business dealings. And these small victories soon amount to thousands of dogs and cats being spared the brutal capture and killing, suffered by so many.

We also help with the rescue of dogs and cats saved from abuse, and the dog and cat meat trade, like the dog pictured, saved from a dog snatcher.


We're fighting dog and cat abuse all year round...

  • Conduct undercover investigations of restaurants, live animal markets and slaughterhouses.
  • Fund local grassroots groups fighting the dog and cat meat trade on the ground in China.
  • Put pressure on authorities to investigate dog meat traders, and strengthen enforcement.
  • Fund spay and neuter programs to reduce stray cat and dog populations humanely.
  • Run high-profile public awareness and behaviour change campaigns.
  • Coordinate community outreach to show people young and old, that dogs and cats are friends... not food.