9. Is it true that dogs are tortured or boiled alive to improve the flavour of the meat?
These are often-repeated accusations, and while there was some evidence of this many years ago, Animals Asia is yet to find evidence of this occurring today.
It’s no exaggeration to say that what the dogs suffer is indeed “torture”. However, we believe it’s more likely that this is due to cruel catching, transportation and slaughter – rather than a deliberate desire to prolong the pain of the dog for gratification, entertainment or to improve the dish in any way.
Inefficient slaughter techniques and the sheer scale of the killing involved means it’s probable that the cooking of dogs could start before their death.
10. How common is dog and cat eating in China?
Although we know that the practice of eating cat and dog meat has existed for many years in China, especially in Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou province and north eastern China, the frequency of consumption and the amount consumed is decreasing year by year.
According to our “Survey of public attitudes to dog and cat eating in China” (released 2015), eating cat and dog meat is not universal nationwide. In cities outside those listed above, 20% of respondents had eaten dog meat in the past two years, while in the same period, 1.7% had eaten cat meat.
Within the cities where dog meat eating is more favoured (including Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou province and north eastern China) almost half of respondents had not eaten cats or dogs in the past two years. Among those who had, half had eaten it only once or twice a year.
11. Do people eat dog or cat due to lack of food or money?
No, despite many of the animals being stolen, the meat is still not cheap. It is eaten for reasons of superstition or tonic or, arguably, tradition. If it was made illegal tomorrow nobody would starve.