I am introducing the following Ten Minute Rule Bill:

Dog Meat (Consumption) (Offences) Bill

A Bill to make it an offence to consume dog meat and to transport, possess or donate dog meat for the purpose of consumption; and for connected purposes. 

Tragically, 30 million dogs are eaten every year around the world. Over 10 million are slaughtered in China.

Happily there is no evidence that dog meat is eaten in the UK, but China argue that until we make it illegal why should they?

Due to the vile way in which these dogs are treated, I would like our country to join in setting an example to the world.

It is of particular importance to do this as the method of slaughter is deliberately cruel.

The animals are made to suffer brutally in the belief that raised adrenaline levels caused by pain improve the quality of the meat.

Two months ago, a ban on the human consumption of dog meat was passed in the United States, following Germany, Austria, South Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

My Ten Minute Rule Bill highlights how the UK Government could join these countries in standing up for animal welfare by bringing in a ban.