US Congressman Hastings urges Theresa May to address the dog meat trade.


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:

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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.

Please follow us on facebook for ways you can help

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2018 -We Made History-Recognised by the UN- End of Year Message

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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. 
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11 Samoyeds Rescued

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Mr Zhao rescued 11 Samoyeds from a BREEDER! The breeder could not find buyers, so was about to sell them to the MEAT TRADE!

Mr Zhao negotiated their release, but now has 11 extra mouths to feed! Please help us feed them! http://www.notodogmeat.com/donate.php

If you would like to adopt one of these, its about £800 to bring one back from China! Please get in touch!

Discover Dogs

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Our next main event is at Discover Dogs Excel London 21st/22nd October.

We have a stand and need motivated volunteers to come down and lend a hand.

If you can give a few hours of your time you get a free entry pass to visit the main arena and the show.
 

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Fun Dog Show

Our first ever fun dog show was held in Marylebone on Sunday 10th September. It was a great opportunity for Londoners to come and meet our team and our rescues and have some fun.

It’s really important for us as a charity to meet new friends and volunteers. So many people still don’t know about the dog meat trade, and for those that do, they can find out more about the progress we have made.

We also raised £800 which will help towards bringing more lucky dogs over from China.

 

Adopt Dogs from China

Our incredible poodles, labradoodles and samoyeds are all vaccinated with successful blood test and ready to fly to forever homes.

Can you open your hearts to adopt one? Or help us sponsor their trip? We need to buy crates/pay for flights and get them through quarantine health checks.

Our amazing Mr Zhao who cares for them just built a socialisation area allowing the shelter dogs to play on grass.

We want our all our dogs to have the best chance possible of finding a loving home. It is still an enormous strain to feed them every month. We need 3600 kilos of dry food for our dogs and cats every month which costs around $4,000.

 

Yulin 2017

Annabel 04.jpgWith 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.

Three dogs.jpgIt 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.

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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.

Annabel smiling.JPGThis 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.

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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.

Please donate here to support genuine Yulin rescuers