“This year, if businesses hold the dog section, we will pass a resolution for it to be banned!” He has also applied for the Beijing dog business information disclosure and formally stated at a meeting with lawyers “I want the Yulin Dog Meat Festival banned” .
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.
There was an amazing turnout at the Chinese Embassy today! Thanks to all who turned up!
Dominic Dyer came along and made an impassioned speech.
This festival is a very meaningful event a big deal with those who love music and have a passion for the arts. This festival starts on May 1st and lasts for three days.
The May Day 3 day break gives people a chance to enjoy music and most of all to enjoy the company of friends to celebrate new up and coming bands and artists.
NoToDogMeat will be supporting our friends TACN Together For Animals in China at this event. We have put together a short video message of #StopYulin2015.
The video was directed and produced by our very own Fia Perera which we are so grateful to have on our NoToDogMeat team. The short video message includes our friends and team members Sue Wong, Tom Kenny, Carolyn Hennessy, Lori Alan, Briana Evigan and William McNamara.
The Strawberry Music Festival it is huge in China and there will be a huge crowd of audiences of every age. It’s a golden opportunity to raise awareness, and importantly to influence many people with positive and compassionate messages from the celebrities on how to bring an end to the abhorrent cat and dog meat trade.
Here is the video that will be presented:
2013 and 2014 showed here at the Strawberry Music Festival was a huge turnout. We are hopeful that our positive message will change hearts and minds – while educating for compassion toward our companions and all animals who are mistreated daily. Because we as a community need to stand up for what we believe in. All life matters including the lives of animals.
YULIN PARTY SECRETARY CALLS FOR A BAN IN THE DOG MEAT SECTION OF THE FESTIVAL
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From DuoDuo: After a long day in Yulin, the 2014 Dog Meat Festival proceeded as scheduled on June 21st. However, it was executed on a smaller scale than in previous years. The Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project managed to save 80 dogs from being slaughtered.
Cat Poster YuLinThe outrage in China is growing with the additional media exposure. We saw a widely circulated cat flyer called “YuLin, The Shame of China.” There was also an image that paid a solemn tribute to the dogs who have been butchered during the festival. The phrase “6-21″ has been used as a signature of many protests here as a reminder that June 21st is the date of the festival.
Additional progress has been made this year through the work of the on-the-ground activists and legal channels. Based on the official reports, the sale of the dog meat has dropped dramatically. Due to the efforts of the Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project, 17 of the dog meat restaurants were closed and four dog meat restaurants didn’t have the proper licenses and were shut down.
The local police officials reported 12 cases involving dog theft, confirming our report to authorities that many vendors were illegally stealing dogs from their homes. The local agricultural department reported that they worked with the highway patrol and prevented 2 large trucks loaded with over 2,000 dogs from arriving at the festival.
The negative press on this event caused the festival to be smaller this year. Even though this festival is looked down upon internationally, the government claims that this event is not run by them, and they cannot prevent people from having their own parties.
Although we didn’t put an end to the festival this year, the YuLin officials and participants see that the pressure is mounting against them.
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This week we will be sharing Sophie’s story about her visit to China. She has lots to say on how she felt as a new campaigner experiencing the horrors of the dog meat trade. She also visited some amazing shelters that need our support.
This week is also the start of our World Fund-raise for small shelters
( who apply to our charity for grants on an almost daily basis) and our Celebrity Writing Campaign.
If you can help in any way, please get in touch
tel: + 44 207 873 2250
We need to tell the world is Cruelty is not Cool !
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DOGS RESCUED FROM YULIN!!
Chinese activists have rescued approx 200 dogs from Yulin. The dogs have now arrived in Shangrao, Jiangxi, 1680km away from Yulin. Local vets are there to help with medical treatment. Some of the dogs were pregnant and gave birth to puppies on the way to Shangrao. Activists have posted on Weibo asking for donations of dog food to feed these hungry mouths. Among the dogs that were destined for Yulin, and people’s plates, were Samoyeds, Tibetan Mastiffs and countless Pekinese. Help came too late though for 1 Golden Retriever. This shows that there are stolen pets that are also being killed for meat.
Well done to everyone involved in this rescue!
Photos sourced and translation by NT.