Killing dogs for consumption is illegal in Slovakia now

Slovakia has recently (in force since 1st September 2018) amended its law on veterinary care to include a ban on killing of “pet animals” for purposes of consumption or for the purpose of selling for consumption. It does not however ban consumption itself. Fines for breaching are set between 300-800 EUR.


The responsible Ministry has described the change as “historic” as its provisions ensure that animals are no longer regarded as “things”, but as “living sentient creatures”. The amendment is a comprehensive update of Slovak legislation addressing animal welfare and protection. Among some of its most significant provisions, it also improves animal registration and combats illegal breeders.