News articles and blogs 2017
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." 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.
6th June 2017 - Man’s Best Friend or Dinner? - A number of years ago, along with fellow guides from Sobek Expeditions, I made the first descent of The Great Bend of the Yangtze River in Yunnan Province (described in the book Riding the Dragon’s Back, by Christian Kallen and this author). It is a desperately remote section, and somewhere in the middle of the passage we ran out of fresh food and meat. So, we pulled our rafts to shore at a Bai Village and went looking for nourishment. The villagers, not used to seeing foreigners, were a bit fuddled by our appearance, and our request, but they were gracious and offered us a generous supply of fresh dog meat. We declined, and eventually negotiated for a pig and several dozen eggs. I dismissed the dog offering as something unique to this back-of-beyond ethnic group, and really didn’t think about it again, though offering my own dogs extra hugs with my return to California.....READ MORE
30th May 2017 - Yulin at a Crossroads: Time to End Dog Massacre - China has more than 600 medium-sized cities. Yulin is arguably the most well-known globally. Its worldwide name recognition is the result of a notorious event held every year since 2010, when the local dog meat traders, supported by the local authorities, launched a “dog meat festival.” Making mass dog slaughter a “festival” and promoting it as a “tradition” are distasteful to say the least. The government’s support for it broke the tolerance of the Chinese public. Yulin has since become synonymous with insensitivity, backwardness and inhumanity.The impact of this scandalous act has not been entirely negative. Worldwide condemnation has helped awaken the local authorities to the fact that, when dogs are killed, people around the world suffer with them. In 2014, the Yulin authorities decided to distance themselves from the “festival.” In mid-May of this year, the authorities notified the vendors to stop sale of dog meat during the “festival.” Both decisions suggest that the Yulin authorities were aware that celebrating mass dog slaughter has been a public relations disaster. Yet, the local government could have done more.......READ MORE
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30th May 2017 - The Sun - Cruel Chinese slaughterhouse demands £170 per dog from animal activists desperate to save them … and KILLS the pets in front of them if they can’t pay - Sickening footage shows a dozen pooches lined up next to dog meat, knives and animal blood - waiting to be killed. A SLAUGHTERHOUSE has been filmed demanding money from animal activists to save the lives of a dozen dogs in China. Sickening footage shows pooches including huskies, Labradors and golden retrievers tied up waiting to be killed at a butchery in Harbin, Heilongjiang province....READ MORE
15th May 2017 - South Korea’s newly elected President – Moon Jae-in – will become South Korea’s first leader to adopt a stray dog while in office! - South Korea’s newly elected President – Moon Jae-in – will become South Korea’s first leader to adopt a stray dog while in office! However, he struggled to find a new family because of its “less appealing” characteristics like his black fur and being a crossbreed. President Moon came across the story during the election campaign, and promised earlier this month to adopt Tori as the First Dog if he was elected.”
5th May 2017 - New rules to regulate dog breeders, cattle markets to check animal cruelty - The government Thursday introduced rules to regulate dog breeders, aquarium owners, and livestock markets by bringing them under the ambit of a law to check cruelty to animals. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) issued a series of notifications under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Under the new rules, it will be mandatory for all dog breeders and aquarium owners and their establishments to register themselves with the state Animal Welfare Board of the respective states. The rules also define the requirements to be met by the breeders and the establishments used for breeding, such as those related to health, housing facilities and conditions for sale......READ MORE
5th May 2017 - Cops in Assam district rescue 75 dogs bound for Nagaland - While the 23 carcasses were sent for cremation, the surviving dogs were put through a proper medical examination carried out by its vets - Guwahati, May 5 (Indian Express)- The police in central Assam’s Samaguri town on Thursday night seized a Tatamobile vehicle and rescued 75 dogs of various breeds which were being illegally taken to Dimapur in Nagaland to end up in kitchens and restaurants in the hill state. Four persons who were taking the dogs were also arrested.
A dog-catcher in Assam gets Rs 50 per catch, while dog meat sells between Rs 400 and Rs 500 per kg in Nagaland.(Express Photo)
“While we intercepted the vehicle during routine checking at around 9 pm on Thursday, we discovered as many as 75 dogs of various breeds dumped in the vehicle. On further inquiry, four men traveling in the vehicle admitted that they were transporting the dogs to Dimapur where they would hand them over to a wholesale dealer,” Samaguri police station officer in-charge Rajib Barman said over the telephone. As the vehicle along with the dogs were taken to the police station located on NH715, Samaguri OC Barman also called up the People for Animals office in Guwahati, which immediately dispatched a truck with six volunteers to shift the dogs to its shelter home here. The four persons arrested have been identified as Raju Sangma, Lucas Sangma, Sanil Sangma and Parwin Sangma, all hailing from Amsoi in Morigaon district in central Assam.
“Of the 75 dogs, 23 had already died, most probably due to suffocation, as the poor animals were packed in sacks and their mouth tied so that they could neither move nor bark. Many of the dogs had belts around their neck, indicating that they were not stray dogs but were pets with different families,” Sangeeta Goswami, who heads the People for Animals (PFA) branch in Guwahati said. “At least one is a Spitz and another a cross of Labrador and a local breed,” she said, wondering how these dogs had fallen prey to the criminals. “We suspect there is a big racket operating across Assam which pays local boys for collecting dogs in whatever manner they can, and then dispatch them to Nagaland,” Goswami said....READ MORE
23rd May 2017 - ANIMAL ASIA - Yulin festival: what we know, what we hear and what we fear - With rumours circulating of a ban at this year’s Yulin dog meat festival, we look at the issues a potential ban raises. Reports have suggested that dog meat restaurants in Yulin will be banned from selling dog meat in the week preceding the annual festival. Here’s all the information we have: Until it’s officially banned – it’s going ahead: While respected sources have staked reputations on the ban – until it’s officially confirmed we can’t be sure what to expect. It’s being said that there are good reasons why there is no statement at present – the authorities don’t want it leaked. However, even if true, without it written in black and white, it allows authorities to backtrack at a later date. While we’ve also heard the ban outlined by our own contacts – we still can’t rule out the possibility of rumours or disinformation at this point....READ MORE
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9th April 2017 - Growing appetite for dog meat in Indonesia - In the steamy kitchen of a restaurant in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, chef Michael Kenzo slowly stirs a big pan of dark coloured meat mixed with chilli and spices, sweat streaming down his face. "This is dog meat," he volunteers, without being asked. "Every day we cook about 20 kilograms of it." The dish is called rica-rica, a delicacy originating from Minahasa in North Sulawesi, an Indonesian province which is famous for exotic cuisine that includes animals such as bat, monkey and snake. Reliable data on the dog meat trade in Indonesia are scarce, making it hard to establish consumption trends, experts say. But some animal rights activists and restaurant owners say there is a growing appetite for dog meat among members of ethnic groups who do not traditionally eat dog meat......READ MORE
28th Feb 2017 - Merchants start tearing down South Korea’s largest dog meat market - Seongnam City government planning renovation of the market and to provide assistance to merchants The city of Seongnam in Gyeonggi Province and some merchants at Moran Market in Seongnam, South Korea’s largest dog meat market, started tearing down dog kennels and slaughterhouses on Feb. 27. This could mean that Moran Market will no longer be equated with the place where dogs go to die.On the morning of Feb. 27, Kim Yong-bok, chair of an association of merchants in the Moran livestock market, stood in front of his shop in Moran Market and publicly announced that he would initiate voluntary renovations of his facilities. After that, he started tearing down his dog kennels and slaughterhouses. “We were very afraid of losing our livelihood, but through the seven months of deliberation, we were able to build a partnership of mutual trust and reliance with Seongnam. I believe we can find a new way to maintain our livelihood,” Kim said. ......READ MORE
1st Jan 2017 - South Korea closes biggest dog meat market in run-up to Olympics - Animals at market in Seongnam were kept in inhumane conditions and killed using electrocution, hanging and beating. The shutters have started coming down at South Korea’s biggest dog meat market as the country seeks to head off international criticism over its practice of killing dogs for human consumption before it hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics. Moran market in Seongnam sells more than 80,000 dogs, dead or alive, every year and accounts for about a third of South Korea’s dog meat consumption, according to local media. On Monday, officials and traders began removing butchery facilities and cages in which live animals are kept before they are slaughtered. The decision to close the market came after animal welfare campaigners highlighted the inhumane conditions in which the animals were kept and the methods used to kill them: electrocution, hanging and beating. The smell and noise had also prompted complaints from nearby residents. The market’s closure has met with opposition, however. South Korean media reported that a handful of the 22 dog meat sellers who initially agreed to the move last December now oppose it, and are demanding compensation to make up for the loss of business. “Almost 80% of our customers visit our shops to buy fresh dog meat, so what are they going to do if we cannot provide it for them? Is the government going to pay us?” Shin Seung-cheol, a Moran trader, told the Korea Herald.....READ MORE
18th Jan 2017 - Guest Commentary: Should Davis Sever Sister City Relation over Korean Mistreatment of Dogs?....Someone recently asked me what surprised me most about being on the city council. I replied that I was surprised at the wide range of issues that we encounter on a regular basis. In order to be effective, we must remain focused on the big issues. For me, some of these big issues are paving our roads, maintaining the fiscal sustainability of our town, protecting/improving the downtown, and making sure that development decisions balance the near neighbors’ concerns with needs of the entire community. Having said that, we still get thrown issues that should be dealt with at some level. Gandhi? Coyotes? Historic bathrooms? Our community rightfully expects that we have the bandwidth to pay attention to all sorts of items. Recently, we starting receiving a large number of emails expressing concerns about the treatment of dogs in Korea. The connection to Davis was made in the emails – “Why does Davis have a sister city relationship with Sangju Korea when the Koreans are mistreating dogs?”....READ MORE
1st Jan 2017 - Lawmakers demand China end annual dog meat festival....Dozens of House lawmakers are again lodging their complaints about an annual Dog Meat Festival in China where thousands of dogs are tortured and killed. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., introduced a resolution along with dozens of Republicans and Democrats and said China needs to end its annual dog meat festival in Yulin, China. He said Monday that the festival and others like it are "abominations" because they "celebrate the torture of dogs and cats.""During Yulin, dogs are burnt, skinned, or boiled alive, have their paws cleaved off while conscious, and are staked to the ground and beaten to death," he said. "No one can see these images and walk away unaffected."....READ MORE