the cruel dog and cat meat trade in southeast asia

Every year, millions of dogs and cats are killed for their meat, making the trade arguably one of the most severe companion animal welfare issues in Asia. Despite continued media attention on the infamous Yulin festival in China, the sad reality is that in cities across Southeast Asia, tens of thousands of cats and dogs are killed in a brutal way each and every day.

Dogs and cats are stolen from their owners and snatched from the streets in Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam. These animals are transported long distances, often lasting days, and are killed using gruesome methods such as drowning, blow- torching, electrocution, and beating. While incredibly cruel for the animals, the trade also serves as a significant public health threat, most notably in the form of rabies.

FOUR PAWS is committed to bringing an end to the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia through government collaboration, supporting local stray animal care programs, rescues, and bringing awareness to the trade.

How Meow escaped cat thieves not once, but twice

FOUR PAWS is helping Meow recover and find a safe, loving home

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Second chance for Cinta

FOUR PAWS and the Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition rescued victim from dog meat traders!

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Shuri and her babies evaded capture

A brave boy helped this cat family evade capture and find safety at our partner charity PAWS for Compassion

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Bobby escapes death sentence

FOUR PAWS is helping Bobby recover and preparing him for adoption

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SEPTEMBER 2019: Interception of 51 dogs destined for the meat trade by authorities in Thanh Hoa province in Vietnam 

On-the-ground medical care is provided to rescued dogs by the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (of which FOUR PAWS is a member).

SEPTEMBER 2019: Ho Chi Minh City advises citizens to shun dog meat

The Food Safety Management Board of Ho Chi Minh City has recommended that people stop eating dog meat for health and moral reasons. 

JULY 2019: Bali,Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, a total of 77 stalls selling dog meat in have been closed, with the authorities stating that they will continue to take action against those who continue to trade in and sell dog meat

The Head of Animal Health stated that the sale of dog meat is “clearly prohibited (by law) because dog meat is not considered food” and the trade has the “potential to spread the dangerous rabies virus”. 

JUNE 2019: Indonesia's Regency of Karanganyar in Java pledges an action plan to end its brutal dog meat trade, saving almost 2,000 dogs EACH MONTH from slaughter

The action plan involves closing 21 stalls selling dog meat in the regency, and the creation of alternative livelihoods for people currently reliant on the trade. 

JUNE 2019: Meow is rescued in Vietnam!

Meow is spared from the cat meat trade.

JUNE 2019: FOUR PAWS holds "Hero Dogs" workshop on the dog meat trade, with our government partner Cambodian Mine Action Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

For the first time in Cambodia, more than 70 participants from key government agencies and important stakeholders met to discuss the important role dogs play in Khmer society and commit to tackling the dog meat trade.  

MAY 2019: Bobby is rescued in Cambodia!

Bobby's owner was ready to send him to slaughter, but he is rescued and brought to FOUR PAWS partner, Saving Pagoda Animals.

MAY 2019: FOUR PAWS partners with Jakarta Animal Aid Network

The first of its kind in Indonesia, an online educational toolkit will provide desperately needed resources on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership for the general public, teachers, and students throughout the country. 

APRIL 2019: Shuri and her babies are rescued in Vietnam!

This black cat family evades the cat meat trade and are rescued!


DECEMBER 2018: FOUR PAWS signs MOU with Cambodian Mine Action Centre to end the dog meat trade in Cambodia

Government officials begin to recognise the importance of ending the trade for human health and animal welfare.

DECEMBER 2018: FOUR PAWS starts 'Cats Matter Too program' alongside Vietnamese partners

This exciting program in Central Vietnam collaborates with local groups Vietnam Cat Welfare in Hoi An and PAWS for Compassion in Da Nang to tackle the cruel cat meat trade.

OCTOBER 2018: FOUR PAWS' Indonesian team holds a medical clinic in Manado, Indonesia

The clinic provides vital medical care to dogs and cats at the Animal Friends Manado Indonesia shelter, many of whom had been rescued from the extreme live animal markets of Tomohon. During the clinic, a total of 64 dogs and cats were sterilised and provided medical care. 

SEPTEMBER 2018: In Hanoi, Vietnam officials report dog meat sales will be banned in the city center by 2021

This announcement is a positive step forward in ending the trade, but FOUR PAWS continues to work to ensure action is taken to protect Vietnam's cats and dogs.

JUNE 2018: FOUR PAWS launches Saving Pagoda Animals program in Cambodia

In collaboration with Animal Rescue Cambodia, FOUR PAWS provides veterinary training, free spay/neuter services and animal welfare education initiatives targeting Buddhist pagodas in the capital city of Phnom Penh.

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