On April 29, 2016 Humane Society International (HIS) announced completing their largest dog meat farm closure to date. 171 dogs arrived at designated U.S. shelters to receive necessary veterinary care so they may now be safe and adopted into loving forever homes. There are so many more innocent dogs that deserve to be free from this torture and unacceptable trade.
The capture and slaughter of dogs for human consumption is rampant in China, Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Arctic and Antarctic and two cantons in Switzerland. To end this practice, there are rescue organizations fighting, but more has to be done.
Beginning June 21 through 23, China will hold their annual Yulin Festival of Eating Dogs in Guangxi Provence. Contact President Obama and Congress to take action to end this festival in the future. Sign the petition now and mail or email this same request to local senators and congressional representatives. Donate to Humane Society International (HIS) or Guardians of Rescue International providing support and funds to bring an end to these cruel, senseless murders and help those rescuing the dogs to raise awareness in the countries involved in this trade.
Rescuers are working as catalysts to effect a change so that the people in these nations see animals as companions rather than cuts of meat. Change is slow, but it is happening. HSI reports finding solutions for the farmers. With HIS’s help, many of the people involved in the trade want to transition out of the dog farm industry. Loved one and others in their communities realize there is something seriously wrong with this sort of business. HIS is helping farmers transition into the rice business. In the short time HIS has focused on this problem, there are some encouraging indicators. BBC reports that the number of restaurants in Seoul that serve dog meat has dropped by more than half, signaling a reaction to the rising sentiment against dog meat.
In China and several other Asian nations, most dogs are stolen from the streets, but in South Korea, they are bred on farms. HSI projects there are an estimated two million dogs bred in this industry. Although this travesty is not quite as large as the U.S. puppy mill industry it is close. The living conditions for dogs confined on these farms are similar to the horrific conditions found in puppy mills with cages packed with all breeds of dogs, fetid water in bowls and dogs’ eyes reflecting terror, fear, sadness and doom.
The time, effort and work to end this practice will only be possible when the opposition against dog farms is heard worldwide. Join the fight to shut down this brutal industry. Donate, contact U.S. governmental officials to lobby for better laws and spread the word. Each voice against dog meat farms will help to fight and bring an end this cruelty.
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