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Many people consider cats and dogs companions. We know that dogs and cats have unique personalities and welcome them into our homes to brighten up our lives. However, in some parts of the world, cats and dogs are not treated with compassion, rather they are stolen, abused, and murdered for consumption. A prime hub of such action is China, where each year 10 million dogs and 4 million cats are estimated to be slaughtered for the meat trade. Though the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival is perhaps most globally notorious for the dog and cat meat trade, this festival represents less than 0.01% of the entire Chinese dog meat trade.

While these numbers are staggering, it is important to note that the majority of Chinese people do not consume dog and cat meat and have no intention of doing so. In fact, one disturbing element of the Chinese dog and cat meat trade is that many of the animals brutally slaughtered are pets stolen off the streets. After years of undercover investigations, Animals Asia exposed the lies of the dog and cat meat trade. While the industry claimed that these animals came from farms where they are bred for slaughter, Animals Asia discovered that these “farms” are not large enough to provide enough meat to satisfy such great demands. This discovery demonstrates how much this industry relies on abducting the companion animals of Chinese residents.

Of course, the horrors of the dog and cat meat trade do not end at the abduction of these animals. Once they are taken, these animals are forced into tight cages and are transported long distances without food or water. Upon arriving for slaughter, these animals then bear witness to other cats and dogs being bludgeoned and boiled alive while they await their own torture. Despite the Chinese government issuing an official statement that dogs and cats are no longer considered livestock, this industry has not stopped.  Sign this petition to ask the Chinese government to stop the slaughter of these dogs and cats once and for all!

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