Kind hearted Seoul Mayor Pak Won soon announced his compassionate pledge to audience members at a cinema, shortly after watching an animated film called Underdog, which was about abandoned dogs. He went onto tell that audience members that over 8,000 stray dogs were abandoned in Seoul every year, and he vowed to do more.
With regard to dog eating, he said he had already shut down most of the butchers and slaughter houses in the city, but there were still a few remaining, the Korea Times reported.
Having a caring Mayor like Park Won-soon gives us all hope, that good will eventually prevail over evil. With a background in human rights, he is such a wonderful man that he has also been speaking about animal rights for decades, although back then people condemned him for it, because they said human rights were more important.
Our wonderful Korean activist friends CCSOGAN have been campaigning in the city for the last few years, with demonstrations at markets, petition signing at their information stall and engaging the public with awareness leaflets. They even have an awareness advert on taxis with our logo and theirs, that our kind supporters helped pay for. All of this hard work and activism leads to this great piece of news today. And shows us why we must keep on going.
If you can continue to help the work of activists such as CCSOGAN and others in Asia whom we help with their campaigns, please donate a small amount which helps them with their work.
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Earlier this week, the wonderful US Congressman Alcee Hastings, who campaigns tirelessly against the dog meat trade, wrote a letter to UK Prime Minister, Theresa May regarding the dog meat trade.
He published the letter via a tweet, shown here:
In his letter, Hastings updates Mrs May on what the Americans have so far done in relation to fighting the barbaric trade In December 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives took the lead on passing legislation that was signed into law banning the slaughter, consumption, and trade of dog and cat meat. The adoption of this important legislation not only sent a message to people in the United States, but also, those around the world, putting all who engage in this heinous practice on notice that it will no longer be tolerated regardless of where it is found to occur.’
He then goes on to urge Mrs May to support the UK’s ban on dog meat. “We understand that MP Giles Watling for Clacton has proposed an amendment to the United Kingdom’s Agricultural bill, which would ban the dog meat trade. As supporters of the ban recently passed here in the U.S., we sincerely hope that you will support this effort”
He finishes the letter with a heartfelt paragraph, this is why we admire Alcee Hastings so much”Our alliance is a partnership of the heart. Bound by the history, traditions and values we share. We need to be united in imposing a ban against the dog meat trade. As Winston Churchill once said ‘our victories on the battlefield proved what can be achieved by British and Americans working together heart and hand’ We have, and can, change the world for the better when we join forces together.’”
Our charity World Protection for Dogs and Cats in The Meat Trade, also known as No To Dog Meat are now Special Consultants at the UN on the dog meat trade and we shall continue to lobby UK Parliament, the UN and the World Animal Health Organization to speak to China and other dog eating nations.
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We received some upsetting news from our animal loving friends in Egypt. They report that Chinese migrant workers who work in Egyptian cement factories are capturing stray dogs, torturing them and eating them.
We need your help to sign and share out petition to the Egyptian Authorities, where we ask them to punish these workers for torture of animals and to make dog eating illegal. As well, we ask them to speak to the Chinese Government about the behaviour of these workers.
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The original facebook post from our Egyptian friends is herehttps://www.facebook.com/sousa.koka009/videos/pcb.2107328952682045/2107326576015616/?type=3&theater WARNING graphic video.
One of the biggest frustrations we have as activists is that Animal Welfare Laws take endless amounts of time to be introduced. Even when they are put forward in draft form it can take years for them to be passed. We have seen this over and over again in South Korea and of course in China. Then we have the disheartening news for example in Bali and Philippines that even though laws are in place dog eating and animal cruelty continues.
Despite all of this we push forward for change working with grassroots activists and at the highest levels in Government and the UN. We just can not give up.
News therefore that countries like Russia have finally passed laws that were 8 years in the making gives us some hope.Russia has passed new legislation in a bid to improve animal welfare across the nation.
The Moscow Times reports that the bill, called “On Responsible Treatment of Animals and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation,” was signed into law by Vladimir Putin.
It bans petting zoos in malls, animal cafes, animal fights, housing animals in bars and restaurants, and the killing of stray cats and dogs. The Kremlin states that the new law is guided by the “principles of humanity.” Originally introduced in 2010, it took legislators eight years to finalise the act.
The law also mandates that pet parents take good care of their companion animals. It also bans keeping exotic animals in homes and apartments. Wild animals such as camels and ostriches have been abandoned in the wild in recent years. Keeping wild animals “without a license” will result in the animal being seized by the state. The hope is that ‘semi legal ‘ circuses will find it harder to operate.
The killing of stray cats and dogs has become increasingly common in Russian cities over the past few years. The new law mandates that all strays are to be captured, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and released.
Will this really be the end of animal cruelty in Russia ? Only time will tell but it certainly gives us hope that if change can happen under the regime of Putin if our voices get louder in Asia dogs and cats and indeed all animals can have a chance for a better life.
January 2019, Wyoming Department of Health have confirmed a cat has been infected with the plague.
Tests at University of Wyoming and Wyoming State Veterinary Labs, show that this is the third case of cat plague in Wyoming in the last 6 months. State health officer and epidemiologist Dr Alexia Harrist states:
“Plague is a serious bacterial infection that can be deadly for pets and people if not treated as soon as possible with antibiotics,” “The disease can be passed to humans from sick animals and by fleas coming from infected animals. We are letting people know of the potential threat in the cat’s home area as well as across the state.”
“While the disease is rare in humans, plague occurs naturally in the western United States in areas where rodents and their fleas become infected.”
This is very worrying indeed especially if the disease re-awakens in Asia, that fact that so many cats in Asia are eaten, means there is risk of transmitting the disease over to humans. Please help us spread the word!
In the meantime we shall be relaying this information over to the World Animal Health Organization, in the hope that they speak to the Chinese Government. Please sign our pledge.
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Thank you everyone for your wonderful support of our small Charity during 2018, a year which has been quite tough.We started off 2018 as we often start a new year, protesting to the Chinese Government in London, about the dog meat trade. After that we vowed to carry on with helping Mr Zhao at our partner shelter in China, where 350 + dogs and cats rescued from the meat trade reside.In Spring 2018,Mr Zhao informed us that the shelter was not safe, that the Beijing Authorities wanted to shut all shelters down, to ‘clean up’ the area. This hit us hard since we had all worked night and day to get the first shelter up and running. We knew we had to act fast despite this devastating blow. Sure enough, a couple of months later in May 2018, the shelter was knocked down by wrecking balls. We ran an appeal on our page and your kind donations helped Mr Zhao secure a new base for all 350 + of our dogs and cats. The new site was run down, barren and stark and even now there are no roofs on some of the pens, but at least it is a home and it is secure.We want to thank all those that have fundraised and donated to us, sponsored the dogs. taken part in events, shared our posts and sent us lovely messages. We use 6000 kilo of dog food a month and your help has kept our rescues fed. We just could not have done this without you. This year some people have gone the extra mile in their fund raising, from climbing Ben Nevis Mountain, to driving to Italy to take part in a banger race. We are so grateful for all you have done to help the dogs!In May 2018, we got the news we had been waiting for.The United Nations accepted and welcomed our Charity to become Special UN Consultants on the dog meat trade. We are the first people to bring the issue of dog meat and cat meat to the UN and we hope to push the subject further up their agenda. As the UN work in implementing their 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include animal welfare, civil society and health, we hope to continue demonstrating the links between eating dog meat and human rabies, as well as civil society issues.In Summer of 2018, during the World Animal Health Organization Animal Welfare Conference in Paris, we had a small team of demonstrators along with our CEO and campaign dogs, sharing our banners and leaflets and message to many of the global delegates. This resulted in OIE Officials inviting our CEO to meet with Chinese delegates, which will be arranged next year.At the end of summer 2018, we heard the great news that the President of Taiwan had now set very high penalties for anyone who ate dogs or cats. Although Taiwanese people do not eat dogs and cats, our issue was with the Vietnamese labourers who went over there to work. Several Taiwanese people approached us previously about this. Earlier that year we sent evidence to and had correspondence with the Taiwanese President who said she would put an end to it. When we saw how high the new penalties now were in Taiwan, we felt sure the other Asian countries would hear about this. Sure enough, soon afterwards the Vietnamese authorities made a statement that Hanoi was to become a dog meat free city.We continued to work with and support the grass roots campaigns of South Korean protest group CCSOGAN, and they, along with other pressure groups, are making good headway with Korean politicians.Indonesia too, made statements that they would ban dog and cat meat, and we thank Animal Friends Manado who we work with, and other pressure groups in Indonesia for their continued work in 2018.In the autumn of 2018, terrible news came from our shelter in China, Mr Zhao reported that half the dogs had come down with distemper. Again, the wonderful supporters on our page came to help, with generous donations, which we were able to send to Mr Zhao for urgent medical care. Mr Zhao got through this as he always does, and he couldn’t do it without you.Just when we thought things could calm down we heard the terrible tale of 4,000 dogs from South Asia, being sent over to Egypt. Social media was in meltdown with concerned citizens from across the globe including many Egyptian animal lovers. We forged good connections with them, and they assisted us with our global petition – sharing it locally, and giving us names and addresses of officials.We were able to send in a petition with 70,000 to the Egyptian Authorities, as well as a report, highlighting how dogs and cats are treated in the meat trade.As this year draws to a close we want to thank you all for your continued support for our small charity, for Mr Zhao and the shelter dogs and for all the dogs and cats in the meat trade, who we will not stop fighting for. When we send in reports to the UN and the World Animal Health Organization regarding the plight of dogs and cats in the South Asian Meat Trade, we are also sure not to forget the plight of all animals in China.We wish you a peaceful and Happy New Year 2019 and pay tribute to our campaign dog Apache and all your furries who passed over the rainbow bridge. We look forward to carrying on together, to put the world to rights and to never give up ! Together we created a global movement.#NoActionTooSmall #NoToDogMeat
Wonderful news has emerged from Hanoi in Vietnam. They have declared they are going to be a dog meat free city and work towards this end over the next three years.
This is a huge step forward in Vietnam and for the Vietnamese friends and activists we have assisted over the years.
Sadly though, our wonderful friend Wayne Capriotti who did so much to help animals in Vietnam has died and never got to hear the good news that he played a part in.
A Canadian born activist and pet lover who started Vietnam’s first and only pet magazine ‘Me Thu Chung’, he also became a consultant to the pet industry. He also worked with our CEO Julia to put in place the Unreported World Documentary about the dog meat trade in Vietnam.
When Wayne found out our charity were special consultants to the UN, he wanted to be involved in this and was going to be a special envoy for us, to attend the UN Meetings. We are sad he never got to attend, but we are still proud and honoured to have known and worked with him.
NoToDogMet also have a twitter campaign where we contact Vietnamese Officials and UNDP staff in Vietnam, asking for their help which everyone on this page can be involved in. Twitter is effective because it allows direct contact with pressing issues.
We will keep pushing until the whole of Vietnam is dog meat and cat meat free.
We also continue to work with a Vietnam Newspaper and we will continue to spread the word through our friends there.