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
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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.
Currently the NoToDogMeat supporters and volunteers are at the Korean Embassy in London, peacefully rallying against the Boknal festival, as well to push for an end to the horrid dog meat trade.
Many have gathered to show their support for NoToDogMeat.
Many are doing their part to be a voice for the innocent victims in the meat trade. We hope you will stand alongside us, as there are many more events upcoming within the next couple of weeks/months!
More photos coming in as the event continues on:
The CEO of NoToDogMeat is Julia De Cadenet
Say NO to dog and cat meat
No To Dog Meat has a busy schedule for July. We have two events and more upcoming within the next few months. First in July, an event will be held at Hyde Bark, with many activities, exciting stalls and entertainment. We hope people will come and visit us and join the many activities being held.
5th July 2015 – Sunday
Location: The Mayhew’s Hyde Bark
Trenmar Gardens Kensal Green London NW10 6BJ
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
We will also be holding a peaceful demonstration outside the Korean Embassy in London on 13th July, Monday at 1 pm ending at 5 pm.
Location: Embassy of South Korea in London
60 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AJ
Directions from Victoria station:
Event group: https://www.facebook.com/events/799139086852016/
Sunday 14th of June will, you run or walk that mile for the dogs and cats in the meat trade? Will you be a voice among many? Will you help raise awareness with us?
On Sunday, No To Dog Meat supporters and volunteers will take to the streets, to run the mile to raise funds to possibly help Mrs. Yang save the Yulin Dogs from the meat trade, while also helping other activists save the lives of many. If you would like to join in on the mile run or if you need more information, please contact us at Campaign@notodogmeat.com
So far, the participating states/countries are
Together we can save many lives. Together we can make a difference, because cruelty is not cool and life all life should be respected.
No To Dog Meat Mile: Carolyn is running and raising money for the No To Dog Meat Foundation.
Please help end the mistreatment and brutal torture of millions of dogs and cats who are slaughtered for food. Ever since I became aware of this horrific situation I have wanted to help.This will be my first event, I know 1 mile is not far, but I am not a runner and everybody has to start somewhere.please help raise awareness and give them a voice. thanx
Donate here: http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/betheirvoice
We will update more when the event takes place, happy running everyone. Julia De Cadenet will meet us on the day.
On 30 May 2015, Activists spoke out for the dogs and cats in the meat trade. Among the activists in Denver Colorado, campaigning was our dear friend and supporter/volunteer Susan Repp.
Among this event, a raffle was set up for these beautiful fleece tie blankets.
Even Sir Hamish made an appearance at the event. Sporting his very own No To Dog Meat shirt.
For those who wish to host their own events under the banner of NoToDogMeat in their city/state/country and need kits or information packets. Or if you are hosting one already and need a spotlight on your event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the interview programme on National Animal Rights Day, tune in to The Pet Matchmaker With Elaine Hendrix, Dr. Antonio Brown and “Big Wade” Denes. Special Guests… Fia Perera of NoToDogMeat.com and Participants from the National Animal Rights Day.
London 18th May – The location is Westminster Tube Station – Victoria Embankment Exit (Near Big Ben). The time of the meeting will start at 1PM – around the entrance to the Tube Station and the statue – The Boudicca Goddess.
Once everyone has gathered they will move toward a shaded area under the trees to have lunch before meeting the public and raising awareness. So please bring packed lunches and bottled water to keep up energy for marching and speaking.
This event is to raise awareness of the dog and cat fur and meat trade. Those participating will be taking photos as well as communicating with the public. Julia de Cadenet CEO will be present.
This post will be updated with other events as soon as we are given the information. So please check back often.
For any more questions or information please contact Campaign@notodogmeat.com