Media News 2018
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Check out the new trailer for DOG WAR, now in production,
THE FIGHT TO END THE DOG MEAT TRADE
Each year, tens of millions of dogs are farmed or stolen, and then slaughtered for food throughout Asia. In Korea, popular myth claims that a tortuous and painful death enhances the taste of the meat and the sexual "stamina" of the men who eat it. This increasingly stigmatized trade has become a flashpoint in South Korea, where some believe the Asian custom originated, and where cultural and generational shifts have drawn entrenched battle lines.
DOG WAR follows a team of unlikely American special ops vets as they join forces with Korean activists to stop the lucrative and powerful dog meat trade. Employing commando practices mostly undercover, they enter and disrupt this shadow world, saving one or hundreds of dogs at a time, and helping to transform an industry and country. Leaving behind families and critics that question their motives and tactics, they risk it all to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves. DOG WAR goes behind the scenes as the battle unfolds, looking at the complex forces that pit dogs' lives against human livelihood, and revealing haunting truths about the breach of contract with man's best friend.
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| Producer/Director Andy Abrahams Wilson | Associate Producer Ryan White | Executive Producer Lynn Rosa |
Willow — Emerging Hero
Willow is a survivor of the S. Korean dog meat trade. His owners turned him into the slaughterhouse because he was old. Neglected, with cut ears, matted hair, a mouth of bad teeth and an infected tongue, he was allowed rescue because he “didn’t offer much meat”. He was a lucky one. Arriving Sept 2016, Willow is spreading awareness on social media and making public appearances to educate people on animal welfare topics (incl. the dog and cat meat trade) through non-traumatic and non-graphic ways and presenting resources to help more of his 4-legged friends. Willow travels internationally in foam board form and poses with trade survivors. His campaign, “I Am Willow I Am Not Food” raises flight funds for dogs. He is the mascot for a newly created Animal Rights Club at a local school helping students advocate for change in the classroom and aiding their school in becoming the first vegan option cafeteria in the State. We are developing educational tools to use as an animal welfare speaker series for schools and conferences. He is also getting therapy dog certification to spread awareness to disabled children through animal related books/reading programs. Willow is a voice and inspiration leader for millions of animals not just those subjected to the dog and cat meat trade. People listen, learn and respond to Willow. He is a solution for raising awareness. Willow is an EMERGING HERO who will grow that status into something to make a lifelong paw print in the animal welfare world. CLICK HERE TO VOTE
Anti-dog meat protest at Pyeongchang Olympics in S. Korea was held yesterday.
* At the protest they displayed deceased puppies who were recovered from a freezer from a dog meat farm that was destined to be sold as meat. After the protest a proper burial will be arranged.
올겨울 강추위에 개농장에서 얼어 죽은걸 ‘애기탕’으로 판매하기 위해 냉동고에 얼려져 있는것을 찾아와서 애도하기 위해 위령제를 지내고 있습니다. 위령제 후에는 장례를 치뤄줄 예정입니다. (~길주
This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don't personally agree with it, I do agree that it's not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in "good conditions" by comparison to other farms. The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of the Korean public at large, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who's seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they'll find their fur-ever homes. I adopted this sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she'll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she's through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (see more pics on my Instagram). I'm hoping to use today's visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to Humane Society International 's page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop
Korean-American anti dog-meat campaigner Susan Song stages one-woman protest in Times Square. #DogMeat
NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: CALLING ON THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST CRUEL DOG AND CAT MEAT MARKETS
In December 2017, the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition – founded by Change For Animals Foundation, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, Animal Friends Jogja and Humane Society International – in collaboration with our partners at Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, conducted investigations at Indonesia’s “traditional markets” in North Sulawesi, Including the notorious “Tomohon Extreme Market”.
What we witnessed there was utterly shocking...
These live animal markets are places of extreme animal cruelty. Every week, tens of thousands of animals are traded and slaughtered, including many thousands of dogs and cats.
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“The animals we saw at the markets were terrified, sitting in cages, huddled together, watching others being slaughtered… trembling with fear, waiting their turn. The sights of absolute terror in their eyes, the thumping of the club as they were killed, their screams of pain, and the smell of burning hair and flesh are unimaginable and unforgettable.” – Lola Webber, Co-Founder of Change For Animals Foundation
These brutal and bloody dog and cat meat markets in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi, are being promoted as tourist attractions! This must be condemned and action must be taken to close these places of
Watch this awesome new film from Green World TV Anneka Svenska about our latest dog meat farm closure and the happy arrival of 13 dogs to the UK to find their forever families. Our friend Anneka Svenska interviews Pete "the pirate" Wicks and Good Morning Britain's Philippa Tomson alongside the HSI team for a look behind the scenes at a dog farm closure and the happy endings that make it all worth while. Huge thanks to All Dogs Matter for caring for our rescues!
CHINA HAS NO ANIMAL LAWS!!!
CHENGDU: A Chinese woman is accused of killing a corgi by throwing it out of a sixth-storey window last Thursday (Jan 11), after she and the dog owner were locked in a dispute over the return of the pet.
The corgi, named Lion, went missing in December. Its owner, Ms Wu, was told by a security guard that two men had taken the dog thinking that it was a stray. According to China Daily, the two men eventually gave the dog to a 34-year-old woman surnamed He who kept the corgi in her flat in Chengdu in Sichuan province....READ FULL STORY
Little Lucie is one of the 170 dogs rescued from Korea. This gorgeous girl is ready to find her forever home. She is gentle, loving and gets on well with other dogs. She is learning to love life and gives lots of love in return. Listen to Pete Wicks and Wendy Higgins tell you about why Lucie could be the perfect dog for you...
If you want to meet Lucie please fill out the adoption form on All Dogs Matter's website
Watch HSI's Wendy Higgins, Pete Wicks and Adam the South Korean rescue dog on Good Morning Britain this morning talking about the 13 dogs journey from their lives of hell on a dog meat farm to their forever homes in UK and our surprise message from the one and only Simon Cowell and his son Eric!
4TH JAN 2018
Today 13 rescues from the dog meat trade of South Korea arrived at Heathrow (170 altogether) All saved by Humane Society International. Anneka Svenska popped down to film them all for a new Animal Watch episode and caught up with Pete "the pirate" Wicks, Philippa Tomson, Scott Miller (vet on the hill) Wendy Higgins and Claire Bass of HSI and Ira Moss, Rowena Kenward and the All Dogs Matter team
Image Source: Anneka Svenska