Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has joined the World Dog Alliance in their campaign which calls for a UK-wide ban on the use of dog meat for consumption, at an event in Parliament.
Under current UK law there is a ban on the sale of dog meat as well as the act of killing dogs in slaughter houses, but the physical act of consuming dogs remains legal, as does “humanely” killing one. Yet in recent years there has been growing pressure from campaigners and the public to make this practice illegal.
In the United States, a total ban on the import, trade and consumption of dog meat, which was promoted by the WDA, is about to be put in place by US Congress and has won the backing of a series of senior MPs.
Currently, an estimated 30 million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten, across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia – with most stolen off the street. Dog meat it is considered both a delicacy and a health tonic.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It might sound unbelievable, but it is still legal to eat dogs in Britain in 2018.
“I was staggered to find out that over 30 million dogs are killed each year for their meat. In the UK it is perfectly legal to consume dog meat, but I am determined to change that which is why I have joined this campaign and why I am in favour of closing the legal loophole in the UK to ban the consumption of dog meat in the UK.”