Media News 2017
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June 22, 2017 news on House Resolution 30
Although House Resolution 30 has 165+ cosponsors, leaders of the Foreign Affairs Committee and of the House of Representatives communicated to our movement in June of 2017 that they would not be pushing the resolution to the House floor for a vote because of several reasons:
1) It singles out China. The barbaric practice is done in many Asian countries and singling out China doesn't seem like a wise thing to do. (America's complex financial tangles with China may have a lot to do with this reason as well.)
2) It was reported by several animal activist groups and picked up by several major news outlets that there would be a ban on dog meat sales at the Yulin Festival in 2017. House Leadership said the resolution would not be supported if brought to the floor because the barbaric part of the festival was reported to be "over" because of this ban. The resolution was partially centered around condemning this festival.
The reality is that there seems to be no ban on dog meat sales at the Yulin festival this year. You are free to draw your own conclusions about the reasons given. Again, the United States' complex financial ties to China may have a LOT to do with the major reason they don't want to push it to the floor for a vote. And it is House Leadership who gets to make the final call. And the bottom line is, they do have a point.. It DOES single out one country.
The good news is that a new similar resolution has just been introduced that calls out many major countries who allow this practice to continue. This Resolution does not single out just one country, and also includes cats. As soon as the resolution is finalized, we are going to start pushing hard for that one to pass. CLICK HERE
19th June 2017 Evidence shows dogs in Bali are being brutally killed and the meat sold to unsuspecting tourists....
Australian tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat in Bali. "Dog meat is essentially filtering into the tourist food chain [in Bali]," Ms White said. "They're just sitting down ordering satay having no idea that they're eating dog."
Image Source: Animals Australia
Terrified dogs caught, muzzled and put into bags. Over four months, an undercover investigator for Animals Australia infiltrated the dog trade in Bali. It is dark inside. The dogs are lying in their own urine and faeces. They whimper and strain to breathe through the tape that binds their mouths shut.
Shortly, he will bludgeon them to death with a metal pole....READ FULL STORY
Image Source: Animals Australia
12th June 2017 - Chinese police save 500 cats in cages meant for sale to restaurants in China, man arrested - A man was arrested in eastern China's Jiangsu province for allegedly capturing pet cats and stray cats to sell to restaurants for 30 yuan (S$6) per feline, Chinese media said. A raid by the Danyang city police uncovered more than 500 cats, all of which were later released. They were allegedly caught to be sold to restaurants in other Chinese cities, Chinese news site qq.com reported. The police told the media on Sunday (June 11) that a journalist had tipped them off about a batch of cats meant for sale on a truck. The cats were squeezed into tiny cages in the heat, and some of them were panting, with glazed eyes and mewling.
Image source: SINA WEIBO
A villager who gave his name only as Mr Yang told the reporter that there were more cats in a hut nearby. Mr Yang had made a police report after his pet cats started to go missing, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.At the hut, there were many more metal cages filled with different coloured cats, with a fan turned on to keep them from dying in the heat. Mr Yang said the man caught the cats by using sparrows as bait. Just last November, nearly 1,000kg of fresh and frozen cat meat was found in a raid of three buildings in Chengdu, in south-western Sichuan province. They were reportedly sold under the guise of rabbit meat.....Source
Images source: SINA WEIBO
Devastating News from Marc Ching "Today on Capital Hill as we met with lawmakers to speak about the AHWF Anti Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act HR 1406. We learned that HRes 30, the resolution condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin - IS NOT GOING TO PASS. "
WARNING VIEWER DISCRETION, extremely upsetting Image attached in the post ----> CLICK HERE
08 June 2017 - Chinese city introduces ‘one dog policy’ for households
Dog owners in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, in Shandong province, will face new regulations beginning June 8 that restrict households to just one dog and ban all dogs of certain breeds, The Beijing News reported Wednesday.
Forty breeds deemed as dangerous by experts, including dogs like pit bulls, Doberman pinschers and Tibetan mastiffs, have been banned outright.
Households that already have more than one registered dog that has been properly immunised will not be affected. There are also other exceptions to the regulations, including for guide dogs for the blind.
Estimates say there were about 100 million registered pets in China in 2015, with dogs accounting for 62 percent. Qingdao is not the first city in China to promote a one-dog policy. The official told The Beijing News that they decided on the “one dog, one household” rule after learning that it had already been implemented other cities.
Qingdao, in the eastern part of China, released new rule that will levy fines of 2,000 yuan ($294) on people who have more than one dog.....READ MORE
An important breakthrough towards ending the dog meat trade in Vietnam
29th May 2017 -Soi Dog Foundation was invited to a meeting of the People's Committee of District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, and asked if we would work with them to provide permanent and sustainable solutions for District 12 to become the first district of Vietnam to be dog meat trade-free.
We expect this development to create a snowball effect throughout other districts in Vietnam. The People’s Committee asked us to provide direction, practical help, and insight in the following areas:
1. Research into the scale, volume, and location of local slaughterhouses, holding areas, markets, dog and cat meat restaurants and dog thieving activity
2. Develop a proposal for a total ban on dog meat and present it to the board of the People's Committee of District 12
3. Launch an action plan to eliminate all aspects of the dog meat trade across District 12
4. Review and improve the status of dog and cat animal welfare within District 12
The Chairman of the People's Committee is committed to achieving these goals, and Soi Dog Foundation will commit all resources necessary to make this happen. Source CLICK HERE
20th May 2017 - The latest from China Massive Rally for Ending The Dog Meat Trade Dalian, China - A massive rally took place in Dalian as an annual event organized by the Dalian municipal government. More than 1000 activists took advantage of the event, took their dogs with than, displayed a huge banner calling for outlawing the dog meat industry and legislating animal protection. Vshine Animal Protection Association, a Humane Society International partner group was a organizer of the rally for animals. See the photos from the rally. China's animal protection movement is driven by the younger generation who sees animal cruelty as a roadblock to China's greatness. . Source CLICK HERE
Vietnam: Joining Forces To End the Cruel and Illegal Trade in Dogs - Source CLICK HERE
Last weekend, as a founding member of the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA), Change For Animals Foundation co-hosted the second of our series of workshops in Vinh City, Vietnam, to help build the capacity of local groups working throughout the country to tackle the dog meat trade.
By providing practical training to 10 local groups located throughout the country, and with the participation and support of key government officials, we are committed to supporting the strengthening of political and public support needed to end the dog meat trade in Vietnam.
Mr Duong Tat Thang – the Director of Area 3 Animal Health – gave a strong and inspiring opening speech at the workshop, pledging his commitment to working with ACPA to reach the dual and inextricably linked goals of fulfilling Vietnam’s pledge to eliminate rabies by 2020 and to end the illegal dog meat trade.
ACPA will continue to work with the authorities and local groups to equip them with skills, resources and knowledge to ensure adequate enforcement of existing laws and regulations; educating local communities and authorities about the risks to human health and the risk to rabies control achievements and programs; and promoting compassion and respect for dogs and ultimately all animals.
ACPA is also delighted to welcome Four Paws as a new member to ACPA. We believe we are stronger when working together- uniting forces, resources, skills and expertise.. because change can’t come soon enough for the animals in desperate need.
13th February 2017 - Phuket’s renowned Gill Dalley, animal welfare pioneer and Soi Dog co-founder, has died from cancer, age 58. Photo: Soi Dog Foundation
Photo: Soi Dog Foundation
Message from John Dalley, Co-Founder, Soi Dog Foundation:
Source CLICK HERE
05 January 2017 - Amazing Chinese students share emotional anti dog meat messages
Image Source: Animal Aisa
Organisers of a China-wide display of “No to cat and dog meat” posters were left reeling by the emotional response from young people demanding the cruelty be stopped. Animals Asia teamed up with local groups China Youth Animal Protection Alliance and Dongbaowang.org to organise the poster tour, which enabled over 160,000 people to see the artwork and learn about cat and dog welfare.
Image Source: Animal Aisa
On display were award-winning posters from Animals Asia’s third poster competition designed by young Chinese animal lovers.
The tour visited 78 universities, schools and shopping malls across China and hundreds of those who attended wrote their own responses detailing their close relationship with companion animals and urging others to protect our furry friends.......READ MORE