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UK govt. refuse to ban dog meat sales for fear of causing offence

Dog meat legal because government don't want to offend
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You could be forgiven for assuming the consumption of dog and cat meat was already illegal in Britain, but sadly that’s not the case. Despite government ministers proposing to bring in a law to ban it, the act has been blocked for fear of causing offence!

By Natasha James, 17 Sep 2019

Yulin festival

On the summer solstice every year, the Yulin festival is held. So far so innocent-sounding but the Yulin festival is also known as the “lychee and dog meat festival” and attendees come together to indulge in the highly controversial practice of eating dog meat. While the festival doesn’t take place in the UK, technically there’s nothing to stop it happening here, as consuming dog meat is apparently completely legal.

A ban in many countries

The practice of eating dog meat is already banned in Germany, Austria, the US, Taiwan and Hong Kong and laws had been drawn up to make it an illegal practice here too. Unfortunately, the civil service have blocked the ban, seemingly for fear of offending people who do indulge in the consumption of dog meat.

Eating dog and cat meat is not common and is largely restricted to certain poorer communities or regions in the Far East, Oceania and Africa. Closer to home, there are reports of communities eating dog meat during the World Wars when other meat was scarce.

Calls for a full UK ban

The World Dog Alliance have campaigned for a full ban on the consumption of dog meat. When questioned, a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman responded with:

We currently have some of the strongest animal welfare laws in the world. The government is currently considering whether any changes are needed in this area in the UK and will set out any plans in due course.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and hope that this barbaric practice is banned on UK soil soon.