CHINA – In June, on the eve of the Chinese Yulin Dog Meat Festival this year, animal rights activists were able to rescue over 1,000 dogs from a truck on its way to Guangzhou, a hub for the dog meat trade industry in Asia. This rescue was the largest of its kind since Humane Society operatives started working deep in China and South Korea to monitor the horrific conditions under which these animals are bought, sold and killed on dog farms throughout Asia. Over 100 activists coordinated the effort with local authorities to STOP the truck and “enforce” the minimal laws and regulations that made this seizure possible. Many of the dogs and cats were stuffed tightly in cages, malnourished and starving, sick and covered with fleas and ticks and severely dehydrated. These poor animals could be heard wailing out in pain from miles away; begging to be saved.
The local police and activists were able to STOP the truck and “rescue” the animals because the truck driver didn’t have health certificates for the dogs, which Chinese animal transport regulations require for each animal. Upon investigation, most of the animals were stolen from the city where the trip originated in the Gansu Province in north-central China and the breeds of the dogs suggested that they were once very loved pets and not bred specifically for their meat in Guangzhou, Asia’s capital of slaughter houses. It’s with the help of outstanding organizations like Humane Society International that we are able to STOP the truck and “prevent” any more beautiful animals from arriving at these horrific festivals in Asia. With thousands of dog farms scattered throughout Asia, it’s hard to intercept every truck and rescue terrified puppies, but if we join together, there is power in unity!
Many of the dogs killed during the festival are stolen pets – some still wearing their collars. Many of them were captured by thieves at night using electric cattle prod rods and crammed them into small wire cages on the back of trucks and driven hundreds of miles to Yulin. Many dogs (and cats) die of starvation and malnutrition on the back of these trucks – which some say may be a “blessing” as they are boiled alive or electrocuted, often in front of ceremonious crowds at the Yulin Dog Festival.
As many as 3 million dogs are killed annually in South Korea based on data from the government. All across Asia, the situation is far worse. Over 30 million dogs are killed annually as part of a dog meat trade, as reported by Humane Society International. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) are aware of over 17,000 dog meat farms in Asia. The situation in South Korea is most critical. The trade of dog meat is deeply rooted in the culture of Asia; with deep folklore and superstitions surrounding the consumption of the dog meat. The situation is only analogous in horror to the attack and mutilation of people with albinism (PWA); albinos in Tanzania, said to have one of the largest populations of Albinos in Africa where they are brutally attacked for their arms and limbs which are used for human consumption and for witchcraft purposes.
These dogs are elevated on wire floors surrounded by metal bars; made to stand in their own feces for days on end in cages elevated high above the ground in a strong stench of ammonia. These dogs are often electrocuted or boiled alive in their final days and in market tradition, their carcasses are blow torched to sell for their “crackling” skin. In South Korea “Bok Nal”, the meat is priced by the level of adrenaline in the meat. The higher the level of adrenaline from shock at the time of their death, the more valuable the meat. Traders at the Yulin Festival pay a premium to watch the Barbaric Kill Ceremony for entertainment and often assemble in crowds to watch their chosen animals electrocuted or hanged “live”.
Please take a moment to watch this video courtesy of Humane Society International about the dog farms.
WARNING: This video content is graphic and may not be suitable for young children.
The dogs that are bludgeoned to death are the breeds most common in the homes all across the United States, Canada and Europe – Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labradors and Huskies. How can we live in a world so void of compassion or kindness for an animal whose greatest desire is human companionship and to fill our homes with love?
The Humane Society International is working hard to shut down these dog meat farms in China, Indonesia, India and South Korea. HSI is engaged with the Chinese government to limit the sale of dog meat which is the hallmark of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The Chinese government’s idea of limiting the sale of dog meat at the Yulin Festival is to allow the vendors to display only two dogs at a time. Humane Society International is working closely with the governments in Asia to put an end to the Yulin Festival (“#StopYulin”) and tighten the restrictions on these dog meat farms, thereby making it nearly impossible for these dog farmers to do business. One of the best ways to shut down dog meat trade all together is to give the farmers alternatives.
As HSI tries to engage these governments and shut down the dog farms, more dog meat farmers are looking for alternatives. HSI has offered grants of $2,000 – $60,000 to help these farmers venture into crop growing (i.e. blueberries, peppers, corn, etc.). HSI has been working to change the culture in Asia. So far, the dog meat trade has been banned in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand. As more farmers face societal and family pressure, they are switching to a new field with the help of HSI.
With the help of HSI, over 900 dogs have been rescued this year and relocated to loving homes in the United States. Most of these dogs take months to adjust to a new language. They spent most of their lives in cages. It takes them months to adjust and feel safe in their new surroundings to the point where they can trust their new owners that they are not going to be abused, or even killed for their meat.
HSI desperately needs your help because rescuing these dogs is not enough. We need to partner with lawmakers in the United States and Asia to change the policy of the dog meat trade. Your small donation to HSI could save a loving little puppy.
Shortly after the Yulin Dog Festival wraps up in June each year, then the South Koreans gear up for their annual Dog Meat Festival called Bok Nal. Within a 72 hour window, over 2 million dogs are slaughtered to meet the high demand for a dog meat soup called “boshintang”. Activists have reported that the level of barbaric treatment of the dogs and cats at Bok Nal is even more extreme than the Yulin Festival; taking place on the hottest days of the year in Korea which escalates their level of suffering in the slaughter houses. To kill these beautiful animals at Bok Nal is senseless. South Koreans generally don’t feast on dog meat as a staple in their diet at any other time of the year, except Bok Nal, keeping in tradition; mostly with the elderly in South Korea who seek a health tonic to weather the hot days of summer!
Please donate and (“Share This:”) page with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter and let’s join together in the fight (#StopYulin) to save these wonderful dogs from a certain death at the hands of the dog meat traders and farmers that fuel this barbaric industry in Asia. The best way to address the slaughter of dogs and cats in Asia is to put pressure and lawmakers and government leaders in China, India and other countries and “enforce” the very minimal animal regulations that exist in these countries (i.e. health certificates for each animal at these barbaric festivals), then go “rescue” as many animals as possible from these dilapidated slaughter houses and “prevent” this horror from ever happening again!
Please watch this video courtesy of Humane Society International about how you can help Humane Society International shut down dog farms like this one in Goyang, South Korea and save the puppies:
These little puppies deserve so much more. If you have ever had a dog or cat, you know that their only hope in Life is to find a loving home, be a loving companion and fill our Hearts with Joy and Happiness. Dogs are beautiful animals who communicate to us through emotional intelligence. You can see in their eyes, the fear and anxiety that comes from living in these horrible conditions. Hopefully, through your support and generosity, we can go rescue a lot more dogs from the horror of the dog farms.
It’s easy to become a sponsor of the StopYulin Campaign and save the life of a Puppy. Simply download the Media Kit below and post Humane Society International’s StopYulin “Take Action” Banner to your social media, website or blog to encourage your friends and family to visit this page and sign the online PETITION below to end the cruel dog meat trade. Their direct donations to Humane Society International will stop the trucks in transit to these horrific Dog Meat Festivals and release the puppies and kittens. Best of all, their donations to Humane Society International shuts down slaughter houses in Asia and rescues thousands of dogs and cats each year and raises awareness to enact regulations and legislation to put massive societal and financial pressure on the dog farmers to seek alternative crops. In exchange for your sponsorship of the StopYulin Campaign, you will receive an honorable mention post in our Mailing List (subscribers: 5,250) with your name, company name and a back link to your website or Facebook Page.
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