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Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
THERE are just few days left before the Yulin dog meat festival in China where hundreds of innocent and frightened dogs are slaughtered to be eaten. This barbaric and inhumane festival has no reason to exist in today's world.
Animals Asia Foundation is one of those groups leading the global outcry to end the Yulin Festival. It encourages everyone to sign the petition and share it to save the lives of more dogs.
Thanks to a global outcry, the annual event is getting smaller each year, from 10,000 dogs slaughtered a few years ago to around 1,000 dogs last year. But even one dog is too many.
Animals Asia Foundation said these are five ways everyone can help bring this ghastly festival to an end:
1. STOP THE DOG THIEVES
We know that most dogs consumed by the dog meat industry are stolen pets. While such thefts are criminal, a lack of resources means most go unpunished. But with enough pressure, a clamp-down on the dog trade could become a priority for law enforcement.
2. TARGET THE TRADERS’ LACK OF PAPERWORK
The dog meat trade is riddled with criminality. Dogs are snatched, no vet care is provided, hygiene is non-existent – and most traders fail to provide the required paperwork. If the authorities can’t shut down the festival – because they can’t stop people gathering and eating – they can make it very difficult for traders to move, slaughter and serve up dogs.
3. ENCOURAGE CHINA’S INCREASING DISTASTE FOR DOG MEAT EATING
Recently nearly 9 million Chinese people voted online for a proposed law to make dog and cat meat consumption illegal. China is losing its taste for dog meat and increasingly fewer people want to be part of an event like the Yulin dog meat festival.
4. FURTHER THE FIGHT ON ALL FRONTS
The Yulin festival is just the tip of the iceberg – but with your help we can end the dog meat industry throughout China. Our research reports have shown the authorities the illegality and health risks of this cruel industry. We’ve also shared this information with animal loving groups across China. This helps them to challenge the traffickers. And by doing all of the above we can...
5. MAKE DOG MEAT EATING ILLEGAL IN CHINA AND EVERYWHERE ELSE. Ultimately we want to end ALL dog meat consumption. Together we can make this happen. No more dog meat eating. No more 10 million dogs slaughtered each year in China, and any future Yulin festival would be dog meat free.
DOGS in the country, especially the native Aspins, have reason to be hopeful this year as government agencies and partner institutions fighting the illegal trading of dog meat are hoping to have the national plan of action finalized early this year.
Launched last September, the National Plan of Action (NAPOA) to Eliminate the Trade of Dogs for Meat aims for a complete end to the nefarious dog meat trading which not only victimizes dogs but also endangers public health.
One of its immediate impacts would be on the apprehending and filing of cases against violators. The penalties will be based on the provision of the Animal Welfare Law which include a fine of up to P250,000 and six years imprisonment.
Armelo Mauro, training officer at the Animal Health and Welfare Division of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry, told MetroPets that that plan's Implementing Rules and Regulations are now at the committee level for finalization.
He said, they have statistics that show a decline in dog meat trading around the country last year, thanks mainly to the efforts of NGOs who are at the forefront of the campaign against hot meat.
Mauro said they are also proactively informing the public about the dangers of eating hot meat from dogs, cats, deer and wild boar because these likely carry deadly bacteria and other contaminants.
Meanwhile, Mauro advises concerned citizens to photograph or film those who slaughter dogs and report them to the police and file an affidavit at the prosecution office.
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