UK Dog Meat Ban Reversed For Being Too ‘Culturally Insensitive’

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Michael Gove, former Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in the UK, doesn’t believe dogs should be eaten in the UK. But, the Justice Ministry thinks otherwise.

After Gove ordered a ban on eating dogs in the UK, where the practice is rarely seen, if at all, justice officials reversed the measure, claiming it was culturally insensitive to residents who come from countries where eating dog is not only legal, but celebrated. Moreover, the ministry argued that it would be hard to enforce the law in a way that the UK’s current ban on transporting or exporting dog and cat meat already covers.

Still, Gove’s initiative was not snuffed out in a vacuum.

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A measure to ban eating dog meat in the UK was overturned.


“Dogs are our companion animals. We do not eat them, and that is a very important message to send to the rest of the world,” campaigning Tory MP Giles Watlin told the Sun. “It’s not culturally insensitive because we’re not telling them what to do – we’re just telling them what we do.

“We shouldn’t be worrying about that, so I was surprised that was the MoJ’s objection.”

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The UK currently bans transporting or exporting dog and cat meat, but not eating it.

Yulin is hardly the only time when dogs are killed for meat, however. The Sun estimates that about 30 million dogs are slaughtered for their meat yearly in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Outside of Asia, the consumption of dog meat has banned in Germany, Austria, Taiwan, South Australia and Hong Kong.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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