Dogs Saved From Death At Yulin Dog Meat Festival
Our latest Guest Blog by All Dogs Matter tells the story of four very lucky dogs who were rescued from the horrors of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China by Humane Society International days before they were due to be killed.
Claire Bass, Humane Society International's U.K. director, said: “These poor creatures have experienced the very worst of humanity – brutal treatment by dog traders, crammed onto the back of a truck with hundreds of other terrified animals, only to end up at a slaughterhouse in Yulin. Their fate would have been to be beaten to death in front of each other, until HSI’s rescue team stepped in. We found them in a horrifying state but remarkably, they still wagged their tails in hope of kindness. And kindness is exactly what they have received from the moment they were safely in our care. It’s so rewarding to see them alive and well, knowing that they will soon find loving homes and never again have to experience the fear of being eaten. Tragically though, millions of other dogs and cats still face that threat, and so HSI’s campaign continues to end the cruelty once and for all.”
Facts about the dog meat trade
- An estimated 30 million dogs a year are killed across Asia for their meat, more than 10 million in China alone, and thousands die just for the Yulin festival.
- Yulin is not a traditional festival, it was only invented in 2010 by dog traders to boost profits.
- The World Health Organisation warns that the dog meat trade spreads rabies and increases the risk of cholera 20-fold.
- Dog meat is only eaten infrequently by less than 20 per cent of the Chinese population.
- HSI works primarily in China, South Korea, Vietnam and Nagaland (India) to tackle the trade, as well as supporting project in other countries such as Laos and Thailand.
Thankfully all the dogs made the trip to the UK to find their forever homes through All Dogs Matter. They were also met at kennels by Peter Egan, our patron and a great supporter of HSI and the wonderful work they do.
Ira Moss, CEO of All Dogs Matter, said: “We are delighted and honoured that Humane Society International has given us the opportunity to take these dogs and cats in from China and the awful meat trade. We'd hate to think of what their fate may have been if they hadn't been rescued and flown to the UK by HSI for us to be able to re home them on their behalf. We are confident that all four will be safely in their homes by Christmas having their first Christmas dinner in their new forever home.”
Despite their tough start, Lucy, Snowy, Alice and Hope all had incredibly sweet personalities and were ready for rehoming in no time! Everyone at kennels could not resist sneaking in for cuddles throughout the day! All four have now found their forever homes which is the best Christmas gift we could have hoped for!
We are now aiming to help more dogs with HSI in 2017, keep an eye out for updates in January on our website www.alldogsmatter.co.uk
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