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They Eat Dogs in China : Slaughter and Cruelty!

Updated on April 23, 2009

The Shocking and Inhumane Treatment of Dogs in Modern Day China

The purpose of this lens is to document and highlight the current inhumane and abusive treatment of dogs in The Peoples Republic of China, with the hope that worldwide knowledge and attention will support and assist the Chinese people in securing adequate and necessary animal welfare protection.

Everyday, countless thousands of dogs (many former pets) are inhumanely caged, beaten, tortured, killed and butchered, often times publicly, to feed the Chinese demand for dog meat. This activity occurs, while simultaneously three quarters of the Chinese population have indicated a desire for improved animal welfare protections and an end to the dog meat industry. Pet ownership in China has also increased dramatically, in recent years.

Please note: I am not a member of any group, or political organization and I have no agenda, other than to do what I can in improving the welfare of dogs and animals. I especially feel strongly committed, to protecting and improving the welfare of companion animals, who are completely dependent on humans for their care and well-being. This is the path of personal, as well as social responsibility and what I as one person can do and contribute.

This has been a very difficult lens for me to build, because of the fact that I love dogs and I'm a lifelong pet owner. To actually witness the facts of their pain and suffering in modern day China is unsettling and disturbing, to say the least! Hopefully, it will prove beneficial in the long-run.

Dogs awaiting their fate outside of a Chinese Dog Market.

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*Dogs are often caged tightly and kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions until butchered.

*Dogs are purposely slaughtered in front of other dogs, to increase their fear and stress level- as this is supposed to enhance the flavor and increase the adrenaline in their meat, which according to Chinese folklore, boosts virility. Actual physical torture and bleeding them out slowly, are other routine methods used for this purpose.

*Dogs are frequently kept in cages outside of restaurants and markets until selected for slaughter, at which time, it is common for this to occur in public view, right on the street.

*Another dog being dragged away for slaughter. These animals are aware of what awaits them!

Who agrees with me, that this is an atrocity and completely Unacceptable!

*These dogs are being shipped to a meat processing plant for slaughter. Their suffering includes a two day truck ride without food or water.

*It has been documented recently that the overall demand for dog meat has been decreasing in China and that there are fewer dog farms now, due to the low dog meat prices. Unfortunately, this means that pets are being stolen by unscrupulous individuals, to fill the void and the demand by restaurants and others.

The Peoples Republic of China and Lack of Animal Cruelty and Welfare Laws

Why the Focus on China and the Chinese?

* Why is this lens highlighting dog cruelty in China, when dog and animal cruelty remains a problem and issue worldwide?

*The reason is very simply, that The Peoples Republic, which has become a modern, industrialized, technologically advanced nation and society, one that has significant commercial and trade interests with the U.S. and other world powers, still has no animal welfare or animal protection laws!

*This means that the vast majority of Chinese citizens, who favor elimination of dog butchery and animal cruelty, are unable to voice their concerns or take appropriate legal measures to end this barbaric and inhumane industry in their own country!

*A 2004 survey indicates that at least 75% of the Chinese people polled, favored an end to the dog meat trade and the adoption of animal welfare and cruelty laws, such as are almost standard and universal throughout the rest of the developed countries and civilized world!

Where do you stand? - The Abuse of Dogs in the Chinese Dog Meat Industry

Do you favor activism in supporting the need for animal cruelty and welfare protection in China?

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What Can You Do to Help End Dog Cruelty and Animal Abuse in China?

1). Go to and sign the online petition for presentation to the Chinese government.

2).Support organizations, such as One Voice, which is working to end the animal cruelty and abuse in China and around the world.

3). Support local animal shelters and local animal welfare laws and initiatives.

4). Become an informed individual and stand-up for animal welfare and for your beliefs! (join-up with your peers).

Silent Victims: Recognizing and Stopping Abuse of the Family Pet - by Tom Flanagan, Pamela Carlisle-Frank

Silent Victims offers students, professionals, and laypersons an overview of the most critical scientific and anecdotal findings about the antecedents and consequences of animal cruelty. The research presented includes notable studies on the factors associated with animal abuse, including the perpetrators, abusive environments. The book also offers readers an insider's look at animal cruelty; real life tales weave theories and research findings with applied fieldwork, and examine commonly used strategies and techniques for recognizing and addressing animal abuse cases.

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Discussion and Comments from Readers - Thank You for your support!

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    • MissKeenReviewer profile image


      5 years ago

      @Helene-Malmsio: Yes I agree that in China they don't even respect the value of life- be it a human being or dogs or any animals. That is because they don't believe in GOD or they don't value even their own life. As much as I would like to unpatronize Chinese goods but it seem that the world never cares if products are made by children in sweatshops. And too bad that CHINA is now the next world power because of the continued support of powerful countries like the US on their commodoties and building factories there to save money. How come that US is truning a blind eye on this- and continue to contribute to the huge economic growth of this cruel nation.

    • MissKeenReviewer profile image


      5 years ago

      I thought that we are the only country in asia that STILL consume dogmeat- too bad that this horrible thing is happening in China in opne markets. DOGS are not meant to be EATEN!!!! I abhore this cruelty and I take action about this by saving some dogs from being slaughtered. THere are some people here who would hunt for stray dogs for appetizer when drinking (alcohol). This is a sad reality and hope this will end.

    • spids lm profile image

      spids lm 

      6 years ago

      great lens love this!

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      6 years ago

      This story drives me absolutely crazy! I first became aware of the full degree of atrocities with the China Olympics slaughtering of dogs to supposedly remove the Rabies... killing pets in front of their owners, beating them to death... then about the asian dog meat trade, and the atrocities committed by 'humans' to tenderise the dog meat... then about the MASSIVE cat fur trade and how any and all cats are trapped and in some cases basically skinned alive to save time and effort.


      I campaigned for friends to not watch or support the Olympics in China, and I check every supermarket / grocery item label to be certain that I don't buy anything made in China or made from Chinese ingredients.

      Not only do they kill by sending polluted ingredient products (4000+ pets killed from USA made pet foods using Chinese ingredient) but they also kill their own people with the slave labor practices of their manufacturing using toxic ingredients....

      The whole country and culture towards their people and animals just beggars belief.

      I'm so glad to see another webmaster protesting and showing people how they can stand up and be counted too. Keep up the good work on all your lenses about the dog abuse in China!

    • fireauthor profile image


      6 years ago

      very pity

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      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for you great love, I could not stand this happened again and again, we will not give up until the animal protection laws come out in China. dogs are not food.we will make it happened that no dog restaurant in China. That is should be.

    • JessyGene profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens. I totally agree that it is barbaric. But i think that it is the same thing north americans do to pigs, chickens, cows, etc. So just because people think dogs are cute but the other animals aren't doesn't give us the right to treat any animal so terribly. Pigs are actually one of the most intelligent animals, but most people don't seem to have any problem treating them cruelly and then eating them (I'm not saying you do). I'm a vegetarian so i don't support the abuse of any animal. Sorry for the rant, your lens is actually very informative.

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      7 years ago

      dogs in China= pigs in other countries ... can't you people see ? it's the same thing ... why care so much for the dog ? when pigs are killed the same way .. maybe worse ? they're both animals ...

    • SylviaRolfe profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens to bring about awareness on a very important issue. Blessed by an angel :)

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for the resources and information to back up the protest I will be attending in Cape Town South Africa on the 29th August.

      Well done on highlighting this cruel and barbaric practice.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you so much for educating people on this site. It has to be done in order to get change.

      This is truly disturbing. I shall have nightmares for weeks to come.

      I'm so happy that people like yourself and special groups are banded together and have the strength to be the voice of these poor suffering animals.

      This is barbaric behavior and anyone able to do this to these loving animals without any conscious and still sleep at night, and those who can eat a dog are truly, truly evil (I'm vegetarian so let alone the traditional meats). Those of you shopping for winter coats in Canada, that made in Asia, beware, you might be wearing a dog or cat because we have no laws that require the manufacturer to disclose what type of fur it is.. If it looks unique, probably a dog or cat (someone's former pet that was stolen)

    • michelledurakis profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow great lens, My heart is deeply sad for these poor animals. Hard to look at but, the word

      must get out. Great job 5 stars

    • michelledurakis profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow great lens, My heart is deeply sad for these poor animals. Hard to look at but, the word

      must get out. Great job 5 stars

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      10 years ago

      hi.. i've come from Indonesia so i hope you can understand if i can't write in english very well.

      surely, i'm shock when i see your web bout dog. i am so sad because i love dogs very much.

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      10 years ago

      This happens in most Asian countries where they serve dogs as food. I think it is best for these countries to strengthen their policies with animal rights.

    • Karendelac profile image


      10 years ago

      Thanks for making this lens Greg.

      The inhumane brutality on animals in China is unspeakable and unconscionable.

      China wants to be recognized as a forward motion country but its practices on animals is worse than middle ages.

      Frankster did a great Squidoo site on Boycotting China because of their butchering on animals which is legal in China.

      I could hardly watch their Olympic Opening Ceremony given the torture they were doing in rural areas.

      Carry On ! Expose more of these crimes to living creatures.

      Karen de la Carriere

      Los Angeles


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