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With the horrific torture fest of Yulin happening this week despite everyone’s attempts to ban this brutality, we want to share with you some positive news and thank you for all your donations and support. We cannot stop this festival – it’s up to the Chinese government to stop it, or not – but it has significantly reduced in size since we first took to the streets in 2012. Unfortunately media attention and celebrity interest has encouraged butchers to increase the prices they charge for the dogs, and dogs are being shipped in especially just so ‘rescuers’ can buy them only abandoning them to die after the festival has ended. Talk of closing slaughterhouses there has only ever been talk, since most slaughterhouses are makeshift anyway.
It is our decision along with respected groups to boycott Yulin. This does not mean we won’t save dogs bound for slaughter. Our group was one of the first to work with activists in China stopping trucks. It just means we will not hand over money to dog meat butchers and thus increase demand.
Throughout May and this month also we have been staking out warehouses where the stolen pets are kept and working to raid them. These trucks do not just go to Yulin they are on the move in broad daylight regularly to Dongbei which is in the North of China. Here there is a large Korean population and over 400-500 dogs are brutally slaughtered daily.
Our pledge this Yulin is to take in up to 100 lives and keep them in our shelter south of Beijing caring for them until they find homes. Rescue is only ever the beginning of a long journey for the animals and the people who care for them. On June 21st, our London Team will join protests outside the Chinese Embassy as well as spreading awareness in Chinatown all week. Our CEO Julia also has a meeting with the OIE (World Health Organisation) to discuss our concerns on food safety and reiterate the systematic torture that they fail to address. We do this to stand in solidarity with activists in Asia giving them a voice, and it is also a wonderful way people can meet our rescues.
This year we will have Annabel with us. Annabel is an apricot chow chow, gentle and kind. She was on a truck bound for Yulin in 2015 and her injuries were so bad she lost her eye. Our friend Sarah Pinq rescued her and gave her refuge pending her recovery in her small shelter. Three days before we came to pick up her to start her new life in Europe Sarah’s shelter was demolished with just 36 hours’ notice by the Government of Tianjin. Sarah is now in a holding yard with her 120 dogs and has to start from scratch and we have pledged to help her.
Genuine Hero Rescuers
People like Sarah and our own Mr Zhao who runs our partner’s shelter south of Beijing are the real heroes of Yulin. They work very hard and risk their lives day in day out to make a difference and struggle just to feed the dogs. That is why we need your help to donate whatever you can. With your help we have been able to vaccinate all the dogs previously saved, build a cattery and start to microchip them. Our plan is still to build a medical facility that can be used by other small groups for a low fee helping more dogs and cats and we will let you know more how you can be involved.
Despite the sadness we hope you can enjoy the photos of our lovely rescues needing sponsors and homes and we hope you will take three minutes to watch this wonderful video which shows how dedicated Mr Zhao is.
Thank you so much for your support.
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Reblogged from Huffington Post
Camille is a little Pekingese-mix dog with saucer-huge brown eyes. Gentle and kind, he was obviously someone’s pet for the first few years of his life. How, in August 2015, he came to be in a cage on the back of a truck bound for slaughter, with over 300 other dogs big and small, we will never know.
Was he stolen? Or was he sold into the dog meat trade – a cruel industry where over 10 million dogs and cats each year are brutally tortured for food and fur?
NoToDogMeat is our UK charity founded in 2013 with the special aim of rescuing dogs from the dog meat trade and ultimately to completely end the trade along with its inescapable cruelty. Last year in August I visited China again and was accompanied by our charity trustee Robert Donkers.
In China activists have been recording each rescue as a number derived from the date it occurs – for example #710 is 10th of July. In 2015, rescues #809 and #816 happened days apart in the scorching summer heat of Beijing. This meant volunteer resources and temporary holding yards for housing the rescued dogs were stretched to the limit.
These yards – which are rented on a short-term basis – have to be stocked with necessary medical supplies and partitioned with makeshift fencing to separate large from small dogs and males from females. Volunteers sleep outside keeping watch over the severely dehydrated and often injured dogs by flashlight, to make sure they are not stolen by angry traders keen to recover their merchandise.
Despite the basic conditions and apparent chaos there is great camaraderie among these Chinese activists. Many of them are students and young professionals wanting to make a difference. This was the scene Robert and I encountered in the early hours of the morning as we arrived at the first base to help with the #816 survivors during our trip to China last year.
Our visit later that day to #809 yard near Daxing another hour away was particularly heartbreaking as it was feared distemper had broken out meaning the entire rescue could be in vain. Knowing how hard the activists had worked to secure release of these poor souls – packed tightly in cages on their way to slaughter – we needed to do more than just help out on the ground. We needed to find a way to move at least some of the dogs to safety.
Activists appealed to all shelters and to us to help them divide up the hundreds of rescued dogs and we agreed to help fund the much needed vaccinations and immediate medical needs of over 140 of them. These dogs were entrusted to Mr Zhao, a kind-hearted rescuer who has devoted his life to saving dogs and lives with his wife in two small rooms at his own yard north of Beijing. It was at this shelter two days later in the sunshine I am pictured saying hello to Camille again – this time without the cage.
At their new ‘home’ (for the time-being), the sickest of the dogs had been marked on the head in purple – signifying they had tested positive with distemper. It was sad being with them in the yard, seeing their fur matted, mostly skin and bone, yet still so friendly and trusting. Many of the dogs – especially the larger ones – could barely move as disease raged through them. As a small charity with only the beginnings of an international adoption process in place we knew we had neither the financial resources nor manpower to place them all at an animal hospital – where they would stand a real chance of survival – so we were faced with making the heart-rending decision of who to take and who to leave.
We agreed with Mr Zhao that we would help fund a new quarantine facility and pay for as much general care as we could and, with heavy hearts, chose several small dogs to take with us to Beijing Hospital – and one of them was Camille.
Sure enough, Camille’s blood work said the disease distemper had taken hold and for the next month we hoped and prayed for him to pull through as he fought for his life. In the end our prayers were answered and he made it despite the odds, as did our other dogs -but still they all needed to be kept in isolation. Our friends at TACN could not host them at their shelter but, instead, helped us find a wonderful small and inexpensive boarding kennel and we set the ball rolling on a process to bring Camille and his brothers back to Europe.
All smiles as Xiaoli picks up Camille to take to the airport
Unlike adoptions to America where, after just 10 days, a dog can often fly to his new home with only basic vaccinations, the process of bringing dogs into Europe can last over 3 months and involves multiple vaccinations and rigorous blood testing. We were happy to be patient knowing our rescues would be well-fed and able to rest from the disease and trauma.
Only one dog can travel with one passenger at any given time and last week, as we were preparing our own trip to go back to go back to China, we received wonderful news that at last a kind Chinese journalist had agreed to bring Camille to Paris! He arrived late on March 2nd greeted by our charity’s mascot Samoyeds and, as you can see from the photos, has quickly settled in.
Camille’s first visit to the vet in Paris.
Camille still has a terrible skin condition for which he has started treatment – this was aggravated by the lack of quality food in China where there are no controls on animal food content. We are confident he will make a full recovery and be part of our campaign team! He has such a gentle spirit and shows no sign of aggression. If he is traumatised he hides it well – perhaps he knows his dark days are now behind him.
Having personally seen unbearable cruelty in the last 6 years, and never really knowing what happens to the dogs we have helped rescue, it feels good to have this one dog in my arms. Camille is the first of the Chinese dogs that we know of to come off the trucks and be on his way through Europe to the UK. With further support from donors we hope he will be one of many and we can continue to work with activists in China and beyond who, like us, believe eating man’s best friend has no place in this millennium. It is time for the annual slaughter of dogs and cats for food and fur to end. In my next report, I will be back in China with further news of the continuing rescue efforts.
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Write your MP and ask them to sign Early Day Motion 159 DOG MEAT TRADE CRUELTY. To find out who is your MP and sent them an email go to They Work For You. Click on the image to see which MPs from which parties have signed so far…
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#Phillippines. #Saved from the #DogMeatTrade. 8 dogs arrive at Dogs mountain ~ pulled out from a slaughter house, by animal caring students, Jenni and Mannie , two girls who asked us if we’d take them in to save them from death. As with most strays from the streets, most are in poor shape & stand no chance of appealing to potential new owners, despite a positive attitude from this pound to find homes for them .. Now these bedraggled dogs can relax, eat well & get back in shape … one we see has a Hernia which will need operating …one has deformed rear legs and they are all in need of care…. but at last they’re alive. God Bless Loving students Jennie and Mannie who have #Rescued 8 dogs from the #Slaughterhouse.
Our Charity Trustee John who set up the Sanctuary DOGS MOUNTAIN http://www.dogsmountain.com with his own money will now be able to take care of them.
Please help. : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rex : A truck load of around 350 cats destined to be taken to a meat processing factory has been intercepted by animal rights activists in the Putuo district of Shanghai. The cats were mostly strays from around Shanghai city but also included stolen pet cats with some of the animals still wearing collars and tags around their necks. The truck itself was littered with the bodies of dead birds that had been used to lure the cats in before they were packed into tiny wooden boxes. The vehicle was reportedly headed to Guangzhou in South China to a ‘fake meat’ factory where the cat meat would have been treated and sold as pork / lamb. However, before it was able to leave activists stopped the truck and rang the police. As there are no laws against animal cruelty in China, the driver was detained on the grounds he had no livestock license for transportation. While he was at the police station activists moved the cats to another truck intending to reunite them with owners or find new homes for them.
Photographer: Rex/Jonathan Browning
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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 !