Dogs And Cats Off The Menu
 

News articles and blogs 2014

 

28 December 2014 - Over 1,000 STOLEN pet cats that were to be sold for their meat and fur in China rescued in major trafficking operation bust: Six 'ringleaders' arrested READ MORE

18th December 2014 - Mail online - Are your gloves made out of DOG skin? Barbaric slaughterhouses in China use the hide of pets slaughtered for food to make leather goods - and they are already in UK high street stores, campaigners warn. Leather gloves, shoes and other goods being sold in British shops and online may be made out of dogs slaughtered in horrific factories in China, it has been claimed.
Dog skin produced in the slaughterhouses are used in products, labelled real leather, destined for export to the West, according to an animal rights group.
Footage taken by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shows workers stood by a door at a slaughterhouse in the northern province of Hebei. As dogs are led through the door, the men kill them with a heavy stick. Sometimes it takes several blows to finish off the unwitting animals.
Meathooks sway grimly in the foreground of the upsetting footage. PETA Asia's investigator saw workers peel the skin off dogs who were still alive....READ MORE

1st November 2014 - Dog Meat Trade in Thailand Is Under Pressure and May Be Banned - BAAN KLANG, Thailand — The dog-eating community here, a small minority of rice farmers and day laborers, has long understood that its culinary habits do not sit well with people from other parts of Thailand, especially the pet-loving urban middle and upper classes..... READ MORE

28th October 2014 - Mail online - Deep in the jungle, slaughtered pet dogs are trafficked in the dead of night across the river to be turned into £30 curry: Exclusive dispatch from the frontline of the war against Thailand's medieval dog meat trade - In the clammy midnight darkness of a jungle clearing in northern Thailand, two police officers and a woman investigator crouch beside a pile of cages containing more than 500 howling dogs. Yards away, a gang of heavily armed men move through the trees to encircle them. Terrified, outnumbered and cornered after tracking down a cargo of animals hidden in the jungle before being smuggled to neighbouring countries, the police officers appear doomed to pay the ultimate price for meddling in the brutally lucrative dog meat trade.... READ MORE

22nd October 2014 - One Green Planet - Why We are not Campaigning for Regulation of the Dog Meat Trade - The Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) works throughout Asia to raise awareness of the inherent cruelty of the dog meat trades and industries, and the significant risks they pose to human health and public safety....... READ MORE

29th September HSI - Cultivating a Culture of Pet Adoption in China - animal advocates worldwide were amazed and encouraged by the news last month that truck after truck was being intercepted on the way to dog meat slaughterhouses in China. In a four-week period, more than 3,000 dogs were saved from a terrible fate.Leading the charge of one of these rescues was HSI’s local partner, Dalian VShine Animal Protection Group. These brave activists obtained custody of hundreds of the dogs, worked with compassionate officers at a local police station to make space to hold them, and solicited donations of veterinarians’ time, medical supplies, tents, food and water to help care for the suffering animals. They then helped find homes for the rescuees..... READ MORE

27th August 2014 - South Korea's longest-running DOG MEAT restaurant closes after 33 years - as customers snub eating their pets - It's been frequented by two former presidents, and now South Korea's longest-running dog meat restaurant is set to close. Tourists and locals have eaten at Daegyo – which serves boshintang or dog stew – for 33 years. But, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il will serve her last bowl on Friday.... READ MORE

27th August 2014 - Chinese 'toxic dog meat gang' caught by police - Police say members of the "toxic dog meat" gang used poison and tranquillisers to incapacitate or kill animals before selling them to restaurants through intermediaries.... READ MORE

22th August 2014 - One Green Planet - Dog Meat Trade is on the Way Out in Asia Thanks to Government Ban! - In the United States, there is a clear separation between the animals we consider food and the animals we consider companion animals. Culturally, Americans consider dogs and cats companions, and animals like chickens and cows “food,” but in other regions of the world, animals that Americans consider friends or companions are one in the same with food animals. In fact, Animals Asia reports that an estimated 5 million dogs are slaughtered for food each year..... READ MORE

8th August 2014 - HSI - Wayne Pacelle's Blog - Dog meat transport trucks in China Intercepted, Evacuated - I’ve got a dog rescue story out of China that will warm your heart – and also demonstrate that the cause of animal protection is gaining traction in the biggest nation in the world.... READ MORE

9th July 2014 - Yulin govt denies organizing dog meat festival as opposition grows - Local government in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has claimed it has never organized any form of dog meat festival amid an increasing chorus of protests from animal rights activists, legal professionals, celebrities and food safety experts...... READ MORE

23rd June 2014- CNN - Chinese festival serves up dog meat READ MORE

14th June 2014 - HSI - Wayne Pacelle's Blog - Poached Poodle or Baked Bichon? - This week, Peter Li, China specialist with Humane Society International (HSI), arrived in Yulin in China’s Guangxi province – a city that is about to host an infamous annual event where thousands of dogs are slaughtered for meat. He found the town uneasy and alert to growing concerns at home and abroad about this culinary monstrosity. All signs in restaurants advertising dog meat have been removed and dishes featuring dog meat have been taken off the menu. A slaughterhouse Peter visited had no dogs around, although there was evidence of dog slaughter, principally in the form of hair left behind after the clean-up operation..... READ MORE

10th June 2014 - One Green Planet - There Is Hope for the Victims of the Vietnam Dog Meat Trade - Since ancient times, Vietnamese people have regarded dogs as man’s best four-legged friends. Some have even placed stone statues of dogs at the front gates of their houses or villages to ward off evil spirits. The Dich Vi village in Hanoi’s Dan Phuong has worshipped stone dogs for hundreds of years. On every 1st and 15th day of the lunar month, incense is burned at these statues and people come to pray and ask for solutions to their problems. However, even though dogs have this special place in Vietnamese culture & society, dog meat is still widely regarded as part of Vietnamese culinary culture...... READ MORE

21st April 2014 - Thailand’s Illegal Dog Meat Trade, Going Through Hell for Leather - BANGKOK – Dog leather … it’s soft, fine-textured and readily distinguishable from other leathers due to its foul smell and scars, says Chanin Chitkomut, who encountered the product several years ago.
“If you’re not an expert, you might mistake it for sheep hide,” said Mr Chanin, who was raised in the leather industry since.
The president of the Thai Footwear Association said the strong odour makes dog skin a less attractive option for factories to manufacture as golf gloves and drums, but the shortage of cowhide had prompted some shoe-makers to use it as linings to lower costs. THE DOG SMUGGLING TRADE
Thai police only started to make a serious effort in the crackdown a year ago, when Pol Sub Lt Lamai Sakonpitak, a police sub-inspector, was asked to be part of a unit to suppress smuggling and the trade in animal parts.
In January, the team of seven, headed by Pol Maj Gen Surapol Pinijchop, successfully raided a tannery where butchers were caught among piles of dog carcasses and skin. Pol Sub Lt Lamai said the leather would be sent to a dealer in the south of Thailand in shipments of 400-500 pieces, and then shipped to China and Japan.
Police attempted to raid a second tannery in Sakon Nakhon, owned by a Bangkok native, but the place had been closed down.
Pol Sub Lt Lamai said police had seen a decline in live dog smuggling. In the past, smugglers would transport the dogs to forests and load them on trucks in the early hours of the morning. They would then be transported to Vietnam through Laos.
“But since October last year, the situation has changed and traders have been slaughtering dogs in forests, where the meat is dried and sold in Sakon Nakhon’s Ta Rae district and the skin sent to tanneries,” he told Spectrum.
John Dalley, co-founder and vice-president of the Soi Dog Foundation, the largest not-for-profit organisation dealing with stray dogs and cats throughout Southeast Asia, said large-scale transport had not been happening for several months, as the police had taken more interest in it now.....READ MORE

15th April 2014 - Mail OnLine- Chinese dog thieves get their comeuppance as duo are caught and savagely beaten for drugging and stealing pets FOR FOOD - Two Chinese men caught stealing dogs to sell to restaurants were savagely beaten by a vigilante mob after they stole four pets while in a southern village. The two men are accused of several pet dog thefts in and around Guilin City in southern China's Guangxi Autonomous Region, which they would sell as meat to cafes and eateries. However, when the pair was caught red-handed by one angry villager, it did not take long before a large crowd were attacking them with bricks and bats, beating them bloody....... READ MORE

5th April 2014 - Why Do Asians Eat Dogs At Festivals Like Yulin? - Much of the world views dogs as trusted companions or protectors, but in some parts of Asia, they suffer terribly as victims of the trade in dog meat for human consumption. Humane Society International is one of many NGO's around the world that are looking for ways to end the dog meat trade....... READ MORE

14th March 2014 - Smuggled Chinese cats increase rabies risk in Vietnam: experts - TN News - Authorities in the northern province of Quang Ninh have seized cats and cat meat weighing thousands of kilograms smuggled over the Chinese border to local restaurants, with experts warning of rabies and other health risks.Cats and cat meat seized since March 6 weighed a total of at least 4,000 kilograms, provincial officials said, noting that the animals were usually smuggled over the border at night, before being hidden in local houses and divided into smaller batches to be distributed to local markets or restaurants, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported. Some smugglers also used boats. A new trick in response to recent raids by Vietnamese authorities is for cat smugglers to slaughter and process the animals in advance before sneaking in packages weighing approximately 50 kilograms each. Nguyen Dang Truong, chief market manager of Quang Ninh Province, said cat smuggling from China is not new, but the illegal practice has never been carried out on such a large scale. Truong said all the cats were to be served as meals. Le Van Thuong, a long-time cat trader in the northern port city of Hai Phong, said the biggest markets for cat meat are in Thai Binh and Nam Dinh provinces, located outside Hanoi where cat meat is considered a delicacy. Thuong said it is easy to differentiate Chinese cats from their Vietnamese counterparts, as the former have shorter faces, stiffer hair and stinky legs resulting from their transport, in addition to being much less tasty. Nguyen Van Duc, head of the market watchdog agency of Thai Binh Province, said locals still have the habit of serving cat meat at wedding parties and other festive occasions. Van Dang Ky, in charge of disease control and research at the Animal Health Department at the agriculture ministry, said the illegal animals can carry many diseases, including rabies. "The people who smuggle and slaughter the cats are exposed to a very high risk of [contracting] rabies," Ky told Nguoi Lao Dong. He said Vietnamese authorities were already having difficulty controlling rabies among its local cat population. "Further failures to contain this smuggling will cause rabies to spread among many animals in Vietnam, which will endanger people's health." Experts said while both cats and dogs carry ascaris, a parasitic nematode worm that can grow in the human brain, liver and other internal organs, cats are the primary hosts of Toxoplasmosis gondii, a parasitic organism that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and other neurological diseases. It can also affect the heart, liver, inner ears, and eyes. It can be fatal for people with weakened immune systems such as AIDS patients and pregnant women. Cats also carry agents that can cause fungal skin diseases, typhoid fever, diarrhea, and potentially fatal blood poisoning, they said, noting that infections are caused during digestion or through open wounds exposed to the slaughtering process.

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