13 MPs met with Network for Animals and the Kennel Club on the 24th November 2011 to collect a petition which calls for the reinforcement of the ban on the Filipino dog meat trade. Shiva the dog also came along to deliver the petition and show solidarity with her canine friends in the Philippines.
The Kennel Club teamed up with NFA to help campaign for ending the dog meat trade in the Philippines which has long been linked with a number of animal welfare concerns and violations. Although the trade is banned in the Philippines, there are up to 500,000 dogs that are slaughtered and consumed commercially every year.
Amongst those present were Neil Parish, chair of the All Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare, and Mark Pritchard, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Philippines, as well as MPs from Labour, Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and The Green Party. Lending his support to the campaign, Neil Parish MP commented: ‘The UK is the international leader on animal welfare and is at the forefront of efforts to protect animals internationally.’
‘Dogs are being captured and stolen for their meat whilst being kept in unbearable conditions. They often die en route to their destinations and face even worse circumstances at slaughterhouses, where no guidelines exist for the humane killing of dogs. This is unacceptable and needs to stop.’
Christina Dixon, Campaigner at Network for Animals, said: ‘We wanted to give MPs the chance to have their support for our campaign recognised. Their help in ending the brutal dog meat trade in the Philippines is vital as it shows that the British public have elected representatives who put animal welfare on the political agenda.’
The petition collected over 10,000 signatures and resulted in assurance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that this issue would be raised next week in the Philippines.