Dog meat consumption is not limited to Asian countries where the Yulin and Boknal dog meat festivals take place. Just as eating animals all around the world is a cultural tradition or a means to make money, the same is done to even those we are used to seeing as companions only. In Nigeria, specifically, the dog meat industry is growing. Many people have become sick and even died from eating infected dog meat in Nigeria, and yet the industry thrives.
Dogs are taken from nearby countries like Niger, and people with beloved pets in Nigeria are terrified that their pets may be stolen to be sold, killed, and eaten. These poor animals are crammed into cages and forced to travel thousands of miles. After traveling that far, they’re unloaded for sale before being crammed into cages again to be taken to the slaughterhouses where they are brutally killed.
The dog meat industry isn’t just horribly cruel to the animals, but it endangers the health of Nigerian citizens. Rabies looms as a threat to those around the dog meat. This petition asks the President of Nigeria to implement the existing laws against animal cruelty, provide funding for trap, neuter, release programs, and require that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies. More importantly, the petition asks him to ban dog and cat meat in Nigeria and shut down the industry completely.
If you agree that Nigeria should include being good to animals under their “Good People Great Nation” slogan, sign this petition!
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