Eating dog meat should be banned in United Kingdom, campaigners tell Theresa May

Sian Davies from Cardiff filmed live dogs for sale at Moran Market

Sian Davies from Cardiff filmed live dogs for sale at Moran Market

A full ban on dog meat is being introduced in the U.S. next month, which was prompted by the WDA, to curb its rise in the States.

The pledge was made during a two-day meeting on the "National Coordination of Animal Welfare" in Jakarta earlier this month, which was attended by government representatives from the Agriculture Ministry and NGOs.

Indonesia might be a famous, lovely holiday destination for backpackers and sun worshippers alike, but it also has a reputation as a place where cats and dogs are sold in markets for their meat.

The coalition comprises local and global pro-animal welfare groups such as the Jakarta Animan Aid Network (JAAN), Animal Friends Jogja (AFJ), Change for Animal Foundation (CFAF), London-based Humane Society worldwide (HSI) and Four Paws (FP).

Despite the rarity of the practice, the Government has been urged to take action by the World Dog Alliance (WDA), which is launching a campaign.

The WDA's Kike Yuen told our sister paper the i: 'We believe a legal ban on dog meat would keep UK's global leading role in the field of animal protection, especially after the United Kingdom leaves the EU. No further details were available as to when the regulation will be issued.

In a press release, Mr. Syamsul Ma'arif DVM, M.Si, Director of Veterinary Public Health, warned of the impact this dog and cat meat trade is having on animal welfare in Indonesia, though he also pointed out its effect on tourism, commenting that "foreign countries find a low standard of animal welfare and cruelty unacceptable and will stop visiting Indonesia which is very bad for our tourism".

The coalition commended the move, saying that the regulation would be a victory for animal welfare that it would make Indonesia dog-meat free.

The welfare group said it is anxious the consumption of dogs may be being spread by immigration from some Asian countries - even if the consumption of dog meat in countries like North and South Korea is becoming increasingly uncommon.

Animal rights groups applauded Indonesia's decision while calling for an end to trading in meat derived from pets.

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