Our South Korean activist friends at Ccsogaon, formerly known as Dasom are worried. And they have every reason to be. A few weeks back, the butchery facilities at Moran Market in Seongnam City were dismantled along with the dog cages. Many people on social media were very happy and hopeful, assuming that this would mean an end to the sale of dog and cat meat, at least in Seongnam City.
Dog cages being removed from Moran Market.
This has come about due to activists lobbying the Seongnam City government. It was also helped along by regular protesting at the market itself, by Ccsogaon/Dasom, and other brave activist groups. However they are extremely concerned right now, because although the butchery facilities and dogs have gone, the market still continues to sell dog meat. It is now packaged and kept in refrigerators.
The team at Ccsogaon inform us that there are still many dog meat farms in existence, where the meat is being produced and packaged. At the end of last year there was some talk of the South Korean Parliament improving the laws around cruelty towards dogs and cats. These laws, have not come into effect yet, but hopefully will do soon. There was however, never any talk at Parliament on banning the sale or consumption of dog and cat meat.
Activists at Moran Market
At No To Dog Meat, we are against the consumption of dogs and cats and our CEO has been campaigning at the World Animal Health Organization for the last few years, presenting evidence on the human health risks of eating dogs, and urging them to declare dog/cat meat unfit for human consumption.
Around two years ago, after meeting with the Chinese representative of the World Animal Health Organization, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture surprisingly made a statement about dog meat being a risk to human health, though not much has changed in China yet, it is still a step in the right direction. This kind of statement has not yet been made by the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture.
Dogs at Moran Market.
In the meantime, we soldier on, our Charitable Objective number 5 states that we are:
“Campaigning for animal welfare laws to be respected and enforced both on an international and national level for animals in the dog and cat meat trade at all levels, including dog farms, live transport of dogs and cats for slaughter; slaughter house regulations and/or suppression of boiling/skinning and blow torching live dogs and cats in the meat markets.”
We do live in hope, however, that dog and cat meat consumption will be banned in South Korea one day soon, and when the current president, Park Geun-hye steps down early, due to corruption charges, it could be the start. When she was elected a few years back, her main opposition opponent Moon Jae-in, a former leader of Democratic Party of Korea, stated he wanted to ban all dog and cat meat. We live in hope that he, or someone like him will be a kinder future president and make those changes one day.
A farm visited by activists last year.
Right now though, the Ccsogaon activists are fearing the worst – that the dogs in the remote farms are still being tortured to death, and that dog meat will one day be made legal.
Now they tell us their next move is to do an investigation into the slaughter at the dog farms, to gather more evidence to take to the governments and to parliament. We sent them a small donation towards this and they would like to thank our supporters for this. They have informed us the money will be used to pay for transport to the dog farms, which are in remote locations on the outskirts of the cities and that they have several dog farms on their list to go to.
If you would like to donate specifically towards this group’s investigation, please send a small donation via pay pal to firstname.lastname@example.org and put a note in, to tell us it is for the investigation.
Meanwhile we are still lobbying the World Animal Health Organization, asking them to keep raising the human health risks of eating dog meat, and we want to push the Korean Department of Agriculture to declare this fact, in the same way the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture declared it, two years ago.
We have been assisting Mr Zhao at his Beijing Shelter with small regular grants. He has recently gone into debt with the shelter and has had to sell his car and has no money for his dog’s food.
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NoToDogMeat Activism works ! Over the last 4 years activists have really been working together globally to pressurise the South Korean Government to end the dog meat trade. DASAOM/ C-GAON (the Korean activist group we support) have protested relentlessly all summer and winter outside Moran Market and in the streets of Seoul. Progress is being made despite permission being given for more large dog farms to be built.
On Wednesday, January 25th 2017 (today) activists and media will meet Senator Pyo Chang-Wan, Chairman of the Animal Welfare Committee in the National Assembly in South Korea. He will host a conference where he will announce his plans to introduce changes to the current Korean Animal Protection legislation that hopefully will make further steps to end the dog and cat meat trade.
Our own teams will be out in London on Thursday 26th at the Chinese Embassy and BBC tomorrow Jan 26th. https://notodogmeat.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/join-us-chinese-new-year-2017-london/ Join us! #TeamWork #SupportTheSolution
Press Release January 22nd 2017
Official Launch of Microchipping Programme in China by World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade. #NoToDogMeat
As the Lunar New Year approaches, our charity is really pleased to announce we have officially launched our microchipping programme in China. First stop are all the dogs and cats in our partner shelter South of Beijing,then neighbouring dogs and cats of the other small yards we support.
We also plan microchipping days for pet owners in Beijing who often find vet costs off-putting as it can cost them at least $50. We have started to equip rescuers and activists we know with readers.And that is not all.Thanks to a very tech savvy Chinese volunteer we are building an effective database in Chinese.
Being able to trace stolen pets as well as manage dogs in shelters where numbers are large is key to responsible management. We are also offering training days so skills can be learnt and shared. #TeamWork #SupportTheSolution
It costs us just $3 to chip a dog or cat thanks to an amazing sponsor who is subsidising all the supplies.
To know more please contact email@example.com. Or come and see us in London next Thursday 26th 2017 when our team will be out spreading awareness. www.notodogmeat.com Tel: 0207 873 2250
Next week, Thursday 26th January 2017 at 11.30am No To Dog Meat are meeting outside the Chinese Embassy again to mark Chinese New Year with a protest against the dog meat trade. Camille (the cute doggie in the picture above) was saved from the back of a truck full of dogs bound for slaughter in 2015. Now he is safe and well looked after here in the UK.
Only continued pressure on the Chinese authorities and donations from supporters will help to save more dogs like Camille from a long journey of suffering on the back of a truck ending in a brutal death at the slaughterhouse. Donations are used to pay for dogs to be rehabilitated and re-homed.
It is now nearly 4 years since No To Dog Meat’s first protest – come and join us and swell the numbers outside the Embassy. We would love to see you.
Chinese Embassy, 49 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JL
Oliver was packed tightly in a truck bound for slaughter in the 40 degree heat which was intercepted as part of the #808 Tangshan rescue last year – a truck exactly like the ones who traffic the desperate strays and stolen pets to be slaughtered in Yulin. Often the stand off takes days and while activists and rescuers plead with the police to release the dogs many die from dehydration, too weak to continue. Disease is rife and in Oliver’s case although he tested negative for distemper he had a very serious chest infection and his own coughs could have broken his bones.
In the holding yard, Julia immediately bonded with Oliver, he was so gentle and sweet and despite his matted fur he weighed just a few kilos. It has taken months of care and treatment for him to regain his strength and but now he is a completely different dog to look at and ready to travel to his forever home in Europe.
Right now he is on a flight to Holland. At times like this we know we have truly saved one and not just left him in a yard ‘rescued but forgotten’ which makes our fight seem all the more worthwhile. NoToDogMeat Foundation takes each individual rescued dog seriously and we are pledge to stick with each of our dogs and cats to the end. This means we provide regular follow up with the yards who take them in and ensure they and their fellow rescued dogs receive high quality nutrition, vaccinations and love. Our long term plan to fund veterinary trucks, help improve small shelter conditions and to eradicate air-born virus relies on generous donations from people like yourself. Over the next few weeks we will show you how previous donations have been spent and offer you the chance to help care for the daily needs and offer forever homes to the lucky ones. Unpaid activists who stop trucks on the highway are real unsung heroes. We are here to empower them
After four years of actively campaigning against the dog and cat meat trade in Asia the whole world finally knows not just about Yulin but the barbaric way dogs and cats are brutalised for food and fur. Amazing Actors such as Orlando Bloom and Ricky Gervais have said ‘NoToDogMeat’ and although this year’s festival will still take place, we all hope it will be much smaller with tighter controls. Michael Tien, Hong Kong deputy to China’s legislature met with mainland officials and emphasised the issue of food safety, adding public inhumane slaughter was unacceptable. This will not mean the end of Yulin immediately but huge strides have been made.
In a few weeks Julia will be able update first hand on her own visit to the region but for now we can be encouraged by Oliver’s story rescued from a truck and on his way to his forever home. Just look how well he has done.