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Fifteen Tory backbenchers have been involved in tabling changes to enact the new groundbreaking law. The proposed ban on the practice comes after the US Congress made the consumption of cats and dogs illegal two months ago. This action could be seen as a message to Far East countries, where it is popular.

Clacton MP Giles Watling told The Sun: “It is simply not right to eat companion animals.

“There are also some incredibly cruel practices related to the eating of dogs around the world, such as the belief that the animals taste better if they die when stressed.

“We want to lead by example alongside countries like the United States, Germany and Austria who have already implemented bans – not lag behind them, and I hope the Government will listen.”

The new amendment would “prohibit the human consumption, transport and possession of dog and cat meat”, and would be punishable by up to six months in prison.

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The motion is fronted by Mr Watling and has the backing of two former ministers, Sir Robert Syms and Tracey Crouch, former London mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith as well some opposition MPs.

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Labour Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman held meetings with campaign groups last week and signalled her strong interest.

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan has also backed the ban, calling eating dogs a “disgusting habit”.

However, Environment Secretary Michael Gove refuses to back calls for a ban, stating that current British laws are stringent enough in this area and make eating dogs very difficult.

Although, it still is legal for dog owners to slaughter and eat their own animals.

An estimated 30million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten, across China and southeast Asia.

The consumption of cats and dogs is considered a delicacy and a health tonic.

A South Korean court ruled last year the killing of dogs for meat is illegal.



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