We are committed to raising standards of animal welfare in the UK
and abroad. While there are no international norms, laws
or agreements governing the trade and consumption of dog meat, we believe it is necessary to work with governments to gain agreement on animal welfare standards and to stop cruel and inhumane farming practices. As the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East
(Mr Duddridge), outlined in the House of Commons
on 5 November, we raise our concerns with those countries where the trade in dog meat is legal and work alongside them to improve animal welfare. I am writing to our Ambassadors in relevant countries to review what appropriate action may be taken on this issue. The British Government
will also consider a review of our engagement with relevant international organisations regarding health and welfare issues in the dog meat trade.