They’re our best friends and loyal companions, so you’d be forgiven for believing it’s an offence to eat cats and dogs in Victoria. But the reality is, the only state in Australia where the slaughter, consumption and sale of dog or cat meat is definitively prohibited is South Australia.
It’s a complex issue. The sale of cat and dog meat is prohibited in all states and territories under the various laws and regulations governing the production of meat, as they are not what is known as a ‘consumable animal’ under meat processing standards and codes.
However, while the sale of dog and cat meat is against the law, technically home production and consumption of the meat is not, creating a loophole where people can consume these animals provided they are not taking payment for the meat.
In 2012, over 20 dogs were found during an investigation at a Victorian property following reports the owner was slaughtering them for human consumption. Authorities confirmed that they received reports from multiple and reliable sources that dogs were being illegally slaughtered for meat. One witness told police they had seen a dog butchered and a blowtorch used to remove its hair before its carcass was hung on a hook.
Cat on the menu
In April 2019, the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania held an exhibition where they claimed to be putting complementary cat on the menu, exploiting the same loophole we have here in Victoria that prohibits the sale of cat and dog meat, but does not prohibit consuming it.
This dangerous loophole must be closed
I believe with your support, I can secure a clear and definitive ban on killing and consuming cats and dogs here in Victoria.Not only will this help the cats and dogs that are suffering at the hands of an unscrupulous, underground trade – it will open up the conversation about the experiences of all animals killed for human consumption in Victoria.