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 Southeast Asia.
Dogs and cats are stolen from their owners and snatched from the communities of 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 and also provides an ideal environment for the emergence of other diseases.
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.
We invite you to contact the local National Tourism Boards of Indonesia and Vietnam located in South Africa, and ask them to end this trade as a matter of priority.