While the slaughtering of dogs is illegal in many Western countries, the consumption of their meat is not. However, in some places like Vietnam, there has only recently been an increase in laws regarding the raising and slaughtering of dogs. As a result, treating dogs more humanely is starting to become a universal norm. This does not mean that the laws though are forbidding their citizens from consuming dog meat though. While eating dogs is a spiritual practice for some, it is a necessity for others.
For many of those who grew up with consuming dogs being the cultural norm, it is no different than chicken, beef, and pork to them. In many cases, it is considered a better meat source than religiously taboo animals like pigs and cows. For the world's largest consumer of dog meat—China—practicing religion is often far from the reason behind most of the slaughtering and consumptions. While some use it for religious purposes, the vast majority do not.