Media News 2016
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27th December 2016 - Carrie Fisher the actress best-known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, has died aged 60,
Thank you Carrie Fisher or your efforts to stop Yulin
13th December 2016 - The good news - Seongnam City announced that by the end of February 2017, they will be banning the display of and slaughtering of live dogs at Moran Market, a major dog meat center that butchers around 80,000 dogs annually. Seongnam City will also support dog meat merchants in changing their business with administrative assistance such as low-interest loans. 22 out of 25 business have agreed to change their businesses.
The bad news: This move failed to... reach agreement on shelf sales of dog meat; in other words, it does not prevent the selling of dog meat. Many loopholes exist, such as businesses slaughtering dogs elsewhere and then selling them in a different market. This agreement is improving the image of Seongnam City without actually getting rid of the inhumane practice. ........READ MORE
6th December 2016 - The Daily Mirror - Six dogs saved from Korean meat trade hell - could you could give one a home? - Six dogs saved from the hell of a South Korean dog meat farm are being flown here – and you could give them a loving new home. Daily Mirror readers, appalled by the suffering of the animals, have the chance to give one of these tragic pups a new start....READ MORE
5th December 2016 - The Daily Mirror - Hell of South Korean dog meat farms exposed - as caged, starved and frightened dogs await death - This is the sickening reality of the brutal dog meat trade in South Korea. More than 200 pups are stuffed into filthy rusting cages, fed on scraps before being dragged to the slaughterhouse.This hell exists for 2.5 million dogs across 17,000 farms in the country. Now for the first time, dogs destined for the dinner plate are to be rescued and brought back to Britain and Mirror readers also have the chance to give one of six tragic mutts the chance of a new life. Our shocking footage shows helpless dogs manically hurl themselves at the bars of rusting metal cages, their cries of misery creating a deafening din.....READ MORE
Maureen Hodgson and Tina Wallington pictured here with the Daily Mirror paper on the 5th December 2016
4th December 2016 - The Daily Mirror - Electrocuted and blow-torched: At the Korean meat market where dogs - including pets - are butchered - The terrified faces of dozens of dogs stare out from behind iron bars, sensing the cruel fate that is about to befall them. Destined for the slaughterhouse, the final stop for these animals is a cold, damp and squalid backstreet off bustling Gupo market in Busan, southern South Korea....READ MORE
22nd November 2016- Today Netflix added an EF production "Shadow Trade" to its documentary category...CLICK HERE
This harrowing documentary sheds light on a largely mysterious practice occurring in the criminal underworld of Thailand: the illegal dog meat trade
HEARTWARMING RESCUE STORY of 4 dogs saved from a Chinese Slaughterhouse and flown to the UK to be homed by Humane Society International....these 4 beautiful dogs and 2 cats were very close to being torturously killed in time for the Yulin dog meat festival, but luckily HSI rescuers stepped in and rescued over 170 individuals. Many of these dogs are stolen pets and are tame and beautiful.
Featuring animal loving actor Peter Egan, HSI's Claire Platt, All Dog's Matter Ira Moss and wildlife presenter Anneka Svenska - filmed & Edited by Dominic Houghton. A GreenWorldTV Film.
There are some still available are ready now to be homed.
If you would like to offer one of these dogs a home, please contact All Dogs Matter in North London.
UK homes only due to ease of rehoming.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings briefing on the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and the global dog meat trade and House Resolution 752, Washington D.C. 14th September 2016
The panel included
Lisa Vanderpump, Star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Founder of the Vanderpump Dogs Foundation
Dr. John Sessa, Executive Director of the Vanderpump Dog Foundation
Dr. Peter Li, China Policy Advisor at Humane Society International and Associate Professor of East Asian Politics of University of Houston-Downtown
Andrea Gung, Executive Director and Founder of Duo Duo - Compassion Beyond Borders - 多多
Marc Ching, Founder of The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation
Valarie Ianniello, Director of Operations, The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation
Congressional Briefing on the #Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Lots of great activists came to talk about our efforts to #StopYulinForever.
**VIEWER DISCRETION** - Some extremely upsetting scenes
1.39mins into the video Marc shares his undercover footage across Asia for 60 seconds
TO SEE MORE ON THE BRIEFING
Downton Abbey star Peter Egan at the London Westminster protest against the South Korea DOG MEAT TARDE
13th Sep 2016 - "I was delighted to attend the debate in Westminster Hall yesterday. Oliver Dowden MP proposed that the house consider e-petition 120702 relating to South Korea and the Dog Meat Trade.
What impressed me very much was that all MP's in attendance had researched the problem thoroughly and were able to present the case as to how horrific the dog meat trade is.
Dog Meat (South Korea) CLICK HERE to for the transcript of this meeting.
We mustn't forget that this debate happened because of you..all of you..who signed the e-petition. It is a great example of "people power" and the communicative power of the social network sites.
What is evident to me now more than ever, is that we must continue to share all information about this disgusting trade. We must share, not only the horror but, the great work being done, not only by the established international charities but all the small indigenous groups who work so hard to bring this horror to an end. So many young people in S.Korea are to be applauded for their commitment to bringing to an end the habit of cruelty. It is so often referred to as culture by those who wish to torture animals for taste in the dog meat trade. Culture, in any great nation and, S.Korea is a great nation, has got to be defined within the process of education, enlightenment and compassion.
I hope, one day, before I depart from this great planet of ours, I see an end to this shocking business. Cheers to all. Peter (-:)"
Peter Egan with Amanda Leask amazing Miracle to see more about Miracle CLICK HERE
TO SEE MORE ON THE UK DEBATE
09/09/2016 - DAILY MIRROR EXPOSE MORE ON THE DOG MEAT TRADE
Brutal dog meat trade has shameful links to Britain as journey to death exposed READ MORE
Desperate campaigners try to save hundreds of dogs headed for meat factory in heartbreaking footage READ MORE
08/09/2016 - DAILY MIRROR FRONT PAGE: The sick trade that shames the world
07/09/2016- The Mirror - Defenceless dogs scream in agony as they are boiled ALIVE for sick trade in meat.... People gather round to watch as the greyhound is carried to the boiling cauldron by three men at a busy Chinese market. But one little boy watches in horror as the dog is lowered on a stick into the water, as many in the crowd laugh. The dog howls in terror and makes desperate attempts to escape. It takes two men to hold down a lid until the animal is dead. Animal rights campaigner Michele Brown said: “This animal died the worst death imaginable....READ MORE
Please thank on twitter
RUSSELL MYERS - https://twitter.com/rjmyers
Exclusive: Mirror exposes Britain's shameful links to Far East dog meat trade— Russell Myers (@rjmyers) 9 September 2016
LOUIE SMITH https://twitter.com/smith_louie
— Louie Smith (@smith_louie) 8 September 2016
World Dog Alliance, an organization that promotes “clear legislation banning dog meat consumption
Caution: DO NOT underrate dog meat problems in South Korea. 5 millions dogs were killed for dog meat in South Korea annually! South Korea is a rich country and will hold a winter olympics game in 2018. However, the SK gov hides the dog meat issue and even tells lie.
UK Government and Parliament deabate
LCA Founder Chris DeRose is working with Korean Consul General Lee Key-Cheol to help stop the torture of dogs in the brutal dog meat trade.
Thank you to all who have spoken out!
11th August 2016 - Will Young to host concert at Chester Cathedral - concert is to raise funds for Soi Dog Foundation on December 14 ....... READ MORE
More direct news from Korea.... A major Korean news channel, SBS, covered the protest by animal lovers on the last day of BokNal (8/16) in front of a Boshintang Restaurant owned by an incumbent councilman's wife. The reporter was able to get in contact with the councilman's spokesperson who stated, "It is an unfair way to show their expression targeting a specific individual. The business is already down so much and to have these protesters here is regrettable." The councilman himself stated that the restaurant only uses "meat dogs" that are bred for eating purpose. The recent public opinion poll shows 44% are opposed to continuing the tradition of Boshintang and 37% are OK with the continuation. 19% had no opinion about it. Several pedestrians were stopped by the reporter and asked for their opinions. (Mrs. Ha: "I don't eat dog meat and I personally don't like the idea. However, it is not right for us to judge someone who eats dog meat. It's a personal choice."
Mr. Hwang: "A pet dog or a meat dog, what's the difference? They are all dogs. This dog meat culture for health reason should disappear from our country." Another unrelated Boshingtang restaurant owner was contacted by the reporter who said "Compared to yesteryear's BokNal, our sales have markedly declined. The reality is there are many other choices for good food." The report cites over 40% decline in the number of Boshintang restaurants in Seoul area over the last 10 years and it is continuing to decline. Controversies surrounding dog meat is expected to to grow even more as the Korean Parliament is planning to introduce an animal protection law amendment banning certain cruel slaughter methods that are widely used and defining these acts as animal cruelty. I say, "It's about time!!!!." Let's all get behind all Korean activists on the ground, to name a few, Nami Kim, Ek Park, 오진옥 (Jinok Oh), 동물자유연대/ Korean Animal Welfare Association, Korea Animal Rights Advocates, 희망의마법사 wizard of hope shelter, and there are others whose names I do not know. I have personally interacted with these people and organizations and I tell you, they are true change makers. They need our support. They can't do it alone.
#SBS8뉴스 Thank you, Tami Cho Zussman for reporting this - CLICK HERE
Enough Is Enough! A Protest Broke Out against Public Dog Slaughter in Luohe, China
BREAKING NEWS.......9th August 2016 - This is fantastic news from Congressman Alcee L. Hastings!!
14th September 2016 at 8:30 AM in room HVC-200 to discuss our efforts to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and the global dog meat trade.
Thank you Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, Marc Ching, Andrea Gung, Lisa Vanderpump, John Sessa, Peter J. Li and all the animal right fighters for your endless effort!!!
CLICK HERE to see more on Citizen Lobbyists for H.Res. 752, to end the dog meat trade.
Continued efforts at the Korean Consulate in Los Angeles has made progress......
8th August 2016 - Consul General Key Cheol Lee meets Chris DeRose, founder of Last Chance for Animals - CLICK HERE
On August 4th Consul General Key Cheol Lee met with Chris DeRose, founder of Last Chance for Animals, as well as other local animal rights activists.
During the meeting, Consul General Lee conveyed the Korean government’s zero-tolerance policy on animal cruelty, citing the Animal Protection Act of 1991. He also listened carefully to the group's concerns, especially about the brutality that takes place during the butchery process of dog-meat.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles will continue to promote and strive for animal welfare by communicating with animal rights activists.
Image source: Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles
5th August 2016 - Champ is a dog rescued from a South Korean Dog meat bbq restaurant and he is the star at a protest outside the South Korean consulte in LA. Champ was almost bbq'd to death! Last Chance for Animals (LCA)'s Chris DeRose tells the crowd they got the South Korean government's attention!
The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation is moving! Finally we are getting our own place so the doggies have more room to run around and play! BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP to make it happen. The place is good but we want it to be PERFECT.
Our to-do list is long...
Redo the floors, install a kitchen, add a washer and dryer, build partitions to separate the different dog areas, add cabinets and storage, build a room for an education center, paint, fix the bathroom, etc... https://www.youcaring.com/animal-hope-and-wellness-foundation-614880#.V6DiZC34sIg
Great news!! Senator Raymond J. Lesniak urged the entire NJ Congressional Delegation to support Congressman Alcee L. Hastings House Resolution 752 that impels China to end the dog meat trade, impose a ban on the killing and eating of dogs as a part of the Yulin Festival, and to enact animal anti-cruelty laws.
The Vanderpump Dog Foundation: Going after dog torture... in ALL of its forms.
Our missions are expanding by the day. Local, overseas, we're covering all grounds. Help us put an end to the hell these animals experience
**VIEWER DISCRETION** - Some extremely upsetting scenes.
FILM PREMIERE!! 'EATING FRIENDS' - EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF KOREAN DOG MEAT INDUSTRY FILM
GreenWorldTV in association with AFI ( Angels for the Innocent Foundation) bring you our new short film on the horrific Korean dog meat industry. Featuring Humane Society International Wildlife Presenter Nigel Marven and other campaigners across the world - we take a dip into the undercover world of the horrifically violent Korean dog meat slaughter
July - For those of you that are wondering what Marc Ching is up to now,
While being in Hawaii to help pets from underprivileged families, Marc gave an interview to KITV.
"Marc said his next trip might be later this month, to Indonesia. He says that's the center of the dog meat industry. Marc says he was invited by Indonesia's president after he heard about Marc's documentation of slaughterhouses in that country."
11th Juy 2016 - Thee Cologist - Korea's disgusting dog-eating 'festival' must end - With the coming of summer, South Korea's 'Boknal' dog-eating festival is under way, writes Anneka Svenska. Known for the extreme cruelty deliberately inflicted on dogs to improve the taste of their meat, Boknal is a barbaric relic rooted in ignorance and pseudo-medical superstition whose time is well and truly up........ READ FULL ARTICLE
(Photo used with kind permission from Anneka Svenska)
8th July 2016 - Protest March to the Korean Embassy CLICK HERE
Well over 100 protesters stood in solidarity for dogs worldwide outside the doors of the Korean Embassy, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace.
Dominic Dyer Political Adviser for Born Free
Anneka Svenska TV Wildlife Presenter & Film Maker
Nigel Marven TV Wildlife Presenter
(Photo used with kind permission from Anneka Svenska TV Wildlife Presenter & Film Maker)
#StopBoknal London protest including Anneka Svenska and Dominic Dyer speech | Sarah's Leigh
Published on 10th July 2016
6th July 2016 - Posted from Duo Duo - Important (and good!) news shared from our team and activists working to end the dog and cat meat trade in China: China's Dept. of Agriculture announced effective July 6, 2016, notification of all transport of animals must be submitted digitally (link to post of announcement below.)
This is a big step towards ending the dog and cat meat trade! In the past, when a truck was stopped, it took time to prove the certificate is invalid and fraud. Now through the central data base and digital format required, activists can very quickly prove the illegality of the animal transportation and can take over the ownership much more quickly and easily. Those breaking the law for stealing dogs and cats or falsifying certificates will face jail time without a lengthy investigation.
Duo Duo project believes this is a major blow to the illegal dog and cat meat trade. We feel strongly that the dog and cat meat trade will end, when laws regarding animal welfare are enforced, legislative initiatives are ongoing and programs promoting dogs and cats as valued family members work hand in hand.
The following is a translation of the link's text:
Notice of the Ministry of Agriculture to implement the requirements of a nationwide inter-provincial transportation of livestock quarantine certification of electronic certificate
2016-07-08 China Veterinary Post
To implement the 2015 national veterinary health supervision and law enforcement work conference spirit, the implementation of "2016 Veterinary points" tasks to achieve the national inter-provincial transportation of livestock quarantine data inter-operability, enhance the level of animal health monitoring information, the Ministry of Agriculture concerning matter are as follows.
From the date of publication of this notice, the implementation of a nationwide inter-provincial transportation of livestock quarantine certification of the electronic card, a handwritten certificate null and void. Throughout the provinces transporting livestock quarantine and certification by the data terminal real-time incoming central database platform. Supervision and inspection throughout the process, found that handwritten with inter-provincial transportation of livestock quarantine certificate or in the central database are unable to prove the quarantine information, all in accordance with the quarantine certificate is not attached to process, punished.
The provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) to effectively improve the provincial database, strengthen operation and maintenance, to ensure the timely and accurate data transmission. China Animal Disease Control Center to strengthen the central platform database management, good data exchange, query and statistical analysis, and other related work around the clock to ensure the normal operation of the central platform. If new around the issues and recommendations in the implementation process, please provide feedback to the Ministry of Agriculture Veterinary Services
6th July 2016 - Meet the guy shutting down slaughterhouses at Yulin's dog meat festival - Every June for the past seven years, a city in Southern China celebrates the long Summer days of the Solstice with a festival like no other: the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival.......READ FULL ARTICLE
YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL - 'Eating My Friends'
Published on 3rd July 2016 by Anneka Svenska
The Yulin Dog Meat Festival has been going since 2010. On the 7th July, Star Wars Carrie Fisher joined other animal loving celebrities to hand a petition into the Chinese Embassy - find out what happened. Presented by Anneka Svenska and featuring: Carrie Fisher, Lucy Watson, Victoria Stilwell, Jenny Seagrove, Marc Abraham, Sandi Thom and HSI
StopYulin London protest including Born Free's Political Adviser "Dominic Dyer" speech | Published on 26th June 2016 by Sarah Leigh
Anti-Dog Meat Activists Assaulted by Chinese Consular Staff
Published on Jun 24, 2016
WATCH consular staff choke and drag DxE activists out of the NYC Chinese consulate after they nonviolently present embassy officials with a letter demanding an end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
21st June 2016 - Duo Duo executive director, Andrea Gung, was interviewed this morning on BBC as part of a roundtable on Yulin Dog Meat Festival. WATCH VIDEO HERE
8th June, 2016 - Wildlife Presenter Anneka Svenska and actress Star War's Carrie Fisher join ‘forces' to stop Yulin Dog Meat Trade - Star Wars' actress ‘Princess Leia' Carrie Fisher joined animal-loving celebrities & MP's to present a petition created by Humane Society International (HIS) and featuring almost 12 million signatures to The Chinese Embassy in London, requesting an end to the gruesome annual Yulin dog & cat eating festival in China. READ FULL ARTICLE
(Photo's used with kind permission from Anneka Svenska)
14th May 2016 - Chinese People Say No to Dog Meat Trade!!!
Dalian China: A government organized annual event was used by animal activists to speak against the country's notorious dog meat industry. More than 100,000 people and hundreds of dogs in Northeast China's Dalian attended the event. VShine, Humane Society International (HSI) partner group in China, gathered 300 volunteers with their dogs at the event. The banner they displayed and read " Legislate Animal Protection; Punish Dog Theft; Outlaw Dog Meat Trade" was a call for the authorities to listen to the overwhelming public opinion against the dog meat industry. This is the third year that HSI assisted Vshine's participation in this widely publicized rally.
Animal rights activists rescue 1000 dogs destined for slaughter at China's barbaric Yulin festival - READ HERE
Simon Cowell joins animal lovers in the battle against Yulin Dog Meat festival READ MORE HERE
Published on 22nd Jun 2016
ABC NEWS - Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality
7th June 2016 - Chinese ambassadors refused to accept petition to stop Yulin.....11 million signatures wasn't enough CLICK HERE www.dogmagazine.net
The NKK board of directors has decided to support animal welfare organization The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation with $ 5,500. The donation is one of several measures the NKK has carried out in connection with the "China issue" over the last year. CLICK HERE
Dutch Kennel Club "Raad van Beheer" supports Marc Ching's Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation by donating $5.500,00!!
I am extremely proud of my KC, for contributing to Marc's loving, compassionate, dedicated and determined actions to stop the torture and for making a difference!! Hopefully many other Kennel Clubs will follow suit! CLICK HERE
Published on 25th May 2016
Founder of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation and owner of Pet Staurant talks about the work his foundation does to rescue and rehabilitate abused animals and his latest cause: conquering the dog meat trade in Asia.
Nominate Marc Ching as CNN Hero @CNN.com CLICK HERE
May 2016 - Congressman Alcee L. Hastings
Miracle The Dog's Inspirational Story | Loose Women
20th April 2016 - Miracle the dog was rescued from being turning into meat in Hanoi. He joined the Leask family and has become best friends with son Kyle.
Published on 13th April 2016
Sheena Gao fashion label designer visited world's biggest dog rescue center in Nanjing, China, called Ping An A Fu (Peace Love), funded by Ms. Ha.
Stop dog meat trading in China, Korea, Asia.
29th March 2016 - Production has started in Korea on a new documentary film Compassion Soup: the End of Dog Meat in Korea. On March 29th, EK from Free Korean dogs flew to Korea for two months of filming, loaded down with what seemed like way too much equipment for one small person to handle. The goal of this trip is to capture perspectives from both those in the dog meat trade and those trying desperately to stop it.....READ MORE
Published on 16th March 2016
30 minute video that shows the chinese activists engaging in bargaining dogs in Yulin 2016.
Marc Ching founder of Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation.
Published on Jan 22, 2016
Marc is the founder of The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation. www.animalhopeandwellness.org