An estimated 30 million dogs are killed for human consumption each year across Asia in a brutal trade that involves terrible unspeakable cruelty to animals and often, criminal activity. From 10-20 million dogs are slaughtered in China, 2 million in South Korea, and around 5 million in Viet Nam; 80,000 or so of this last group are imported from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Accurate figures are impossible to obtain, as the dog meat trade is entirely unregulated and often, illegal. The dog meat trade is most widespread in China, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Nagaland in northern India. This trade is well-organized, with high numbers of dogs being stolen or taken from the streets, transported over long distances and brutally slaughtered. In South Korea, dogs are also intensively farmed for the meat trade in appallingly deprived conditions.
Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, led by Founder Marc Ching and an ever-growing corps of amazing volunteers worldwide, is dedicated through The Compassion Project to ending the Asian dog meat trade. We employ a range of strategies and methods: On-the-ground vigilance and rescue of dogs headed to and in slaughterhouses, rehabilitation, international relocation and adoption of dogs; thwarting pet theft with microchipping, collaborating with local activists and local authorities where possible; promoting economic revitalization and businesses as alternative to the meat trade; advocating through federal legislation for a ban on the dog and meat trade still legal in many U.S. states; and organizing global chapters to bring awareness and education for the humane treatment of all beings.