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.
After two and half years of hard work, building our Chinese partner shelter from scratch, we have just received the devastating news that a 30 day demolition order has been issued by the Government.Some 400 dogs and cats cared for the by hero Mr Zhao are now in grave danger. The Beijing Government wants to ‘clean up’ the region, and no dogs are safe anymore.
We have put together an urgent plan of action and are appealing for the kind assistance of donors, to help put this into place. A new safe space has been located 90 miles away in the next province.
We are appealing for donations to assist with:
Deposit and advance rent for the new shelter
Workers to help the Construction
Connection of Electric and Water supplies
Basic shelters and sheds – the site is derelict
Basic food supplies
Transport of 400 dogs and cats in trucks
Livestock transport licences
Our form is simple and quick, and allows you to make a single donation of your choice
Mr Zhao and the other activists are extremely anxious as are we about the safety of the dogs and cats during the transport. There is a real danger that unscrupulous dog meat traders will find out about the mass evacuation and then intercept the trucks, using force and violence, as well as enlist corrupt police officers to seize the dogs. The meat traders have a lot to gain by selling 400 dogs into the meat trade especially as the move will be before Yulin. Our small team will travel over and help as much as we can and anyone with skills in building, animal welfare, veterinary who can volunteer please come forward.
We are appealing to animal lovers and the international community to help us ease Mr Zhao’s burdens with a donation towards this fraught and dangerous relocation mission.
If you are not set up to donate electronically, cheques can also be sent to World Protection For Dogs and Cats In The Meat Trade, 17 Cavendish Square, London, England W1G 0PH or to our USA address we can supply. Or you can phone us with your card + 44 207 873 2250
Thank you so much and bless your hearts for caring
Our UK bank account is HSBC – World Protection For Dogs and Cats In The Meat Trade sort code 40 04 25 account 01506145
If you can please donate.If you are unable to please share this post. Getting media attention would really help the plight not just of Mr Zhao but so many small shelters facing a similar situation.
On February 9th 2018 the Winter Olympics will open in PyeongChang, South Korea and run till February 25th. This means thousands of people from all over the word with visit the capital. Despite concerted action of activists participants will not choose animal welfare over sport and boycott this event. Our hope now is by lobbying them athletes who are attending they will speak out against the dog meat trade.
At the previous South Korean Olympics in 1988 the government ordered a temporary closure of restaurants leading people to believe very few people actually eat dog meat. This time however they have not intervened. is not as easy for them to whitewash over the truth since any google search of dog meat and Korea paints a very different story.
There had been a plan by local councils to give grants to restaurants who would remove the word dog meat from restaurant signage as well as images and even though we were told this plan had been pushed back many restaurants have removed the word anyway. This means tourists are likely to choose and eat dog meat without really knowing.
Our activist partners GAON who we worked with to help ban live slaughter of dogs at Moran Market will be holding a protest on February 9th as close to the open ceremony as they can.
We will be holding our own awareness event in Central London on February 10th. For more information on this please follow our social media pages.
GAON ( Dasom) have now taken their work to the field investigating and forcing closure through legal loopholes to dog farms and we continue to support them both financially and also through our network.
In the UK we have a new Minister for Asia, Mark Field, and whilst we were disappointed he was told it is just a few elderly people who still consume dog meat he will continue to push our concerns forward both in Korea and in China on his next official visits.
President Moon Jae-In owns a rescued dog himself and whilst he will not go so far as to say it wrong to eat dog meat he has been advocating more dog socialization parks and encouraging animal welfare provisions to be implemented. In fact animal welfare formed part of his presidential campaign. Having an ‘ official’ dog in his official residence sends out a message that change is needed. Unfortunately though education still needs to happen in Korea so that people recognise there is no distinction between ‘ meat dog’s’ and pets.
This year our team went to Crufts with our wonderful campaign dog Apache. Although we do not believe in buying dogs or cats in light of the fact there are so many homeless dogs in shelters, it was a great opportunity to meet some of the amazing suppliers of ethical products. We now run a partner shelter South of Beijing which is currently home to – at the last count – around 400 dogs and 36 cats and it is a huge task just to feed the dogs each month.
Our plan is to build a medical facility on-site for Mr Zhao set up and runs the shelter. We already have the 150 square metre structure so now we have a ‘wish list’ of items that we need to purchase or have donated to us. We are looking for letter writers who can help us obtain some of these items from their vets or local pet stores. One action you can take is to nominate us for a light therapy machine.
We still hope to meet with the Kennel Club on the global issue of dog breeding and puppy farms.
The Suffering of Abandoned Pedigrees in China
Coincidentally this month just recently nearly a dozen standard poodles were rescued by Mr Zhao complete with their pedigree certificate. They were no longer of use and being sold from the farms to the slaughterhouse. Just look how adorable they are.
We really need your help to cover their care and find them homes please donate urgently or get in touch to adopt.
Some of poodles recently rescued at our Beijing partner shelter.
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