In most European countries, the consumption of dog meat is taboo. Exceptions occurred in times of scarcity, such as sieges or famines. Germany banned dog and cat meat consumption as early in 1953.
Summary Offences Act 1953
10—Offence to consume etc dogs or cats
- A person who knowingly— (a) kills or otherwise processes a dog or cat for the purpose of human consumption; or (b) supplies to another person a dog or cat (whether alive or not), or meat from a dog or cat, for the purpose of human consumption; or (c) consumes meat from a dog or cat, is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: $1 250.
- In this section— cat means an animal of the species Felis catus; dog means an animal of the species Canis familiaris; meat means the whole or part of a killed animal.