Jill Robinson MBE, AnimalsAsia founder and CEO, said Yulin authorities distanced themselves from the event by strengthening supervision of the market and banning the slaughter of dogs on the street. They also prevented restaurants from advertising dog meat. She said more officials are seriously concerned with the widespread theft of dogs and the transport of caged and sick dogs that clearly adds to the threat of rabies and other diseases.
AnimalsAsia's Cat and Dog Welfare team is working with city authorities and local animal welfare groups around China to:
* Promote animal protection laws and the banning of the sale, transportation and slaughter of dogs for their meat as soon as possible.
* Encourage the government to strengthen supervision and law enforcement in each link of the industry chain, including stronger penalties for stealing and poisoning dogs, banning the existing illegal slaughter and trade of dogs, and intensified supervision over illicit trafficking of dogs.
* Encourage the public to recognise that by consuming dogs they are encouraging theft and other crimes and also risking their own health.
* Encourage city authorities and local animal welfare groups around China to introduce humane population management and vaccination programs.
“We are doing all we can to stop the slaughter and we are seeing real progress. But there’s still much to do – and we’re going to need your help every step of the way,” said Robinson in a statement.