Hannah was literally snatched from the jaws of death in the summer of 2016 while waiting in the holding area of a small slaughterhouse. This picture of her lying on a platform was actually taken inside the slaughterhouse itself on the day she was rescued. Clearly, Hannah was in a very low desperate state by then and she could not know the urgency of her own situation.
Who knows how life had brought her to this point – had she once been a beloved pet? It is usual for gangs in villages to round up dogs from breeding farms, strays and stolen pets keeping them confined in horrific conditions until they are shipped all over China to be used for food and fur. Who knows how long she had been kept without food by this point. She was so weak from starvation that we had to carry her to safety.
Shortly after Yulin, we had travelled there on a tip from our worker who had left the town of Dongbei to see if we could bring back a dozen Samoyeds that had been delivered there days before. Our co-activist Qi Xin Zhao (Mr Zhao) has a quiet determination when it comes to communicating with the workers in such places and was somehow able to talk them into handing over some of the dogs which were held waiting to be brutally killed for their meat – a group of Samoyed dogs and Hannah.
Mr Zhao for some reason seems to have a wonderful way of appealing to the good nature of even the ugliest of traders to get them to hand over dogs. We were determined not to give the slaughterers large sums of money but to negotiate their release if we could through food safety laws or for a pittance. When Yulin ends the horror does not.
Having Samoyeds of my own I could not bear the idea these dogs would suffer. The journey to the slaughterhouse had been long and our open truck was hot and seemed pretty likely to break down.
I cannot even start to describe what we encountered in those 26 hours but in so many ways Dongbei was worse than Yulin. There was no festival atmosphere (not that it would have made things better) just the horrific stark reality of a horror that goes on day after day. Some slaughterhouses can kill up to 400 dogs a day but this place was actually a really small one with less than 20 dogs. The stench was unbearable and we were forced to pick our way through bits old carcass and fur.
Mr Zhao miraculously made a deal on the other dogs and a labrador and then we saw Hannah – a dog with no fur high on the benches all skin and bones. We had no idea even what breed she was and she cost us RMB82 (less than £10). For some reason Samoyeds naturally seem to keep their optimism and joy, and they coped well with the journey back but Hannah was subdued and exhausted so she laid with us in the front.
At the shelter Mr Zhao runs single-handedly dogs are separated according to breed and sex, and since we do not yet have a functioning medical centre we try to isolate the sickest to contain infection. We knew in truth as we placed her with some of the rescued Yulin dogs there was not much we could do but provide as much nutrition as we could.
Over the months her fur grew back in a patchy way consistent with Cushing’s disease and all we wanted was to make her time with us a pain free as possible. There was a sweetness in her eyes (one brown, one blue) that captured our hearts and we advertised for a sponsor and found a lovely man who was able to donate £2.50 a month. This may not sound like a lot but actually for us every penny counts.
When I was back in China before Yulin this year as I raced to see ‘my’ rescued Samoyeds to my great surprise an incredible old English sheepdog came bounding towards me in recognition! She literally hugged me and I was overwhelmed so meet such a bundle of joy and excitement. Our volunteer Anna told me “She knows you – don’t you recognise her?”.
The eyes seemed familiar but I had no recollection of a sheep dog at the shelter. It was Hannah, of course. How strange to see this magnificent iconic British breed sitting there in the sun with her Samoyed friends.
I immediately started the process of getting the necessary shots and rabies test so we could find her a loving home and pretty much straight away an offer came in for her. Sadly, that has since fallen through and as winter has drawn in again her skin condition has come back. She has become depressed and won’t play in the new playground we made for the dogs. She now needs someone who can make her rescue complete – a loving adopter to provide her the safety, security, warmth and affection of a home. Like all our rescued dogs she needs to be cuddled, cherished and loved.
Despite lack of funding we have decided to make the utmost effort to bring her to Europe with some of the Samoyeds, to get them well and let people see first hand the reality of dogs rescued from the dog meat trade. You do not see many rescued dogs like ours who go to live in a basic shelter and are cared for day in day out by the hero who gave up everything to make a difference for them.
The government in China has issued us with a worrying decree that in March 2018 – less than 3 months from now – they intend close us down. They did this to our friend with 26 hours notice in the summer. We now have a daunting challenge to find desperately needed homes for our dogs and cats wherever we can – both inside and outside China.
Social media is so fickle and people just want a fast moving story and latest news. Adopters pick a dog from afar but if they cannot get it now, move onto another pleading face. Hannah has been with Mr Zhao 18 months and just like our other dogs, chows labradors, poodles, whatever they may be, we need to get them to safety. We still have our plans to build a medical shelter and equip a van to attend rescue missions but first have to attend to this new challenge.
We cannot do any of this without your help. Our dogs need real help, not just likes on our posts although we appreciate if you can not help you will share our work.
This is what it costs to bring a medium/large dog to Europe with the incredible deals we have negotiated.
Rabies and other shots £25
Blood test and passport £150
Exit health check £110
Travel box £70
Transport to the airport and health check centre £50
Flight with a volunteer on average £250
Transport from Europe to final destination £100
Gift for the ones who stay behind £50
Total = £810
Travel to Europe and the USA is quite similar – EU1000/$1000
A huge sum for some kind-hearted adopters perhaps – yet not impossible. By the time is a dog is selected and prepared to fly with all tests it can take 6 months so that is just £30 a week to raise and we will always help to fundraise.
Hannah’s plight, the cruelty Britain’s most iconic dog was subjected to was unbearable to witness. Let’s bring her to a new home and a loving family. Her loyalty will be worth it.
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As a UK registered charity (no. 115424) and a registered 501(c)3, donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for caring.
Julia de Cadenet
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Over the last week the World has spoken out with a collective voice against the dog and cat meat trade. 11 million Signatures were collected and MP Robert Flello visited the Chinese embassy in person to try and deliver it and the same petition was handed to the authorities in China.
Yesterday NoToDogMeat UK held another demo outside the Chinese Embassy, Portland Place, London and this year we were able to bring our very own dog meat trade survivor Camille to protest with us. We were also joined by around 50 supporters and a reporter from the BBC. Passers by offered their support too.
NoToDogMeat USA, France and Mexico have also joined in the worldwide protest outside Chinese embassies.
International and local groups are on the ground in and around Yulin, stopping trucks, closing down slaughterhouses and alleviating suffering. And let’s not forget the activists throughout China who continue to stop trucks bound for slaughter.
This is a proud moment for the NoToDogMeat Foundation who started the global ‘say no to dog meat movement’ 4 years ago and were the first on the streets saying ‘No More Yulin Angels’.
We have been working to make sure rescuers have the equipment and support they need to save dogs and the ongoing support and care they need to find loving forever homes and change the hearts and minds of a society to accept that Cruelty is Not Cool.
We really want to thank you for all your kind support and ask you to continue donating to help the brave activists whose work will continue for many years to come.
We won’t stop until this ends and we can only do this empowering activists and rescuers on the ground with your help.
Other ways you can be involved.
NoToDogMeat USA, LA two days ago.
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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.