Media News 2018
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The Road to Yulin And Beyond
This is a documentary about the Yulin Dog Festival held in, Yulin, China every year. During the festival thousands of dogs are killed and eaten.
The Vanderpump Dog Foundation exposes the Yulin Dog Meat Festival & inspires the world to take action to stop the horrific practices taking place. Lisa Vanderpump, Ken Todd & Dr. John Sessa uncover the graphic realities of the slaughterhouse torture & dog abuse in China, motivating international communities to collaborate to end the vile acts.
- | Warning: Graphic Content & Violence Against Dogs. | Starring: Lisa Vanderpump, Ken Todd, John Sessa |
Change for Animals Foundation was at the Indonesian Embassy in London ON 19th June 2018
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19th June, as a founding member of the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition, Change for Animals Foundation was at the Indonesian Embassy in London, alongside our wonderful Ambassador Peter Egan and the brilliant Bill Bailey, to hand in a copy of the letter submitted to the President of Indonesia last month, signed by over 90 Indonesian and global celebrities, calling for action to end the nation’s cruel and dangerous dog and cat meat trade.
Indonesia is a country of world-renowned natural beauty, but the recent exposure of it’s cruel, brutal and dangerous dog and cat meat trade by the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition require immediate action to safeguard animal welfare and public health & safety.
The Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition – founded by Change for Animals Foundation, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, Animal Friends Jogja, Humane Society International and FOUR PAWS – is committed to raising vital public and political awareness of – and opposition towards – this horrific trade…
Image Source: Change For Animals Foundation
Find out more about our work and consider making a donation: www.changeforanimals.org/dog-meat-free-indonesia-appeal
10th June 2018 Change for Animals Foundation
Your Voice is Being Heard!
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Since launching our exposé in January this year of the unimaginably cruel, filthy and dangerous thriving dog and cat meat trade in “Tomohon Extreme Market” in North Sulawesi (Indonesia), as a founding member of the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition, Change For Animals Foundation, alongside our friends at “Animal Friends Manado Indonesia”, has been meeting with the authorities of the City of Tomohon to discuss ways we can end the dog and cat meat trade city-wide. The Mayor’s office has already taken the initial steps of prohibiting the sale and slaughtering of live dogs and cats in the market, and we are working to develop collaborative public awareness billboards and the dissemination of information warning people of the dangers of the dog and cat meat trade and promoting a more compassionate attitude towards all animals.
This sets a precedent for other cities to follow where the dog and cat meat trades plague their societies and pose a grave risk to public health and safety, notably in the form of rabies transmission.
We won’t give up on Indonesia’s dogs and cats who are in desperate need ... but we need YOUR help! Please...
1- Sign and share the petition: www.dogmeatfreeindonesia.org/take-action
2- Write a polite letter to the Indonesian Embassy in your home country expressing your concerns and urging them to take action: www.embassy-worldwide.com/country/indonesia/
3- Find out more about our work and consider making a donation: www.changeforanimals.org/dog-meat-free-indonesia-appeal
Dogs like Bobby who was rescued from one of North Sulawesi’s cruel markets are relying on us You can see a video of his rescue here: www.facebook.com/ChangeForAnimalsFoundation/videos/1685896088163199/
Thank you ~
| Warning: Graphic Content & Violence Against Dogs. |
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 |
GET INVOLVED. JOIN OUR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Image Source: Vander Pumpd Dogs | photos by Charlie Nunn Photography
We need your help. Thousands of dogs are tortured, abused, boiled alive and eaten in the horrific dog meat trade that's prevalent in many countries around the world. Our eyes are open to the tragedies happening annually and we vow to do everything we can to put a stop to it. Our hope is that with this social awareness campaign, we can open people's eyes across the world to the realities of these heinous practices. Join our fight by following the instructions below. Together we can make a difference.
All proceeds will be used towards our International Campaigns to help end the Dog Meat Trade and #StopYulinForever.
Please visit the Vander Pump Dogs website for more information >> www.vanderpumpdogs.org/stopthetorture
Global and Indonesian Celebrities Join 'Dog Meat Free Indonesia' in Calls for an End to Indonesia’s Dog and Cat Meat Trade
21 May 2018
More than 90 global and Indonesian celebrities – including Cameron Diaz, Simon Cowell, Ricky Gervais, Leona Lewis, Sophia Latjuba, Courteney Cox and Ellen DeGeneres – have signed onto the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition’s letter to the President of Indonesia, joining us in our calls for urgent action to be taken to end the cruel dog and cat meat trade.
The letter reads: “The blatant animal cruelty witnessed in Indonesia’s dog and cat meat trade can never be excused as local custom or tradition. Regardless of its origin, the trade in dogs and cats for human consumption promotes the illegal sourcing and trading of animals, poses a serious risk to human health including to children’s physical and psychological welfare, risks public safety and societal stability, directly abuses animal welfare, and as such undermines national and public interest in Indonesia.”
Find out more about this campaign CLICK HERE
PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Over 782,000 people have now signed our petition calling on the Indonesian President to end the dog and cat meat trade - can you help us get to the 1 million signatures we need? Please sign and share: www.dogmeatfreeindonesia.org/take-action
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
February 2018 – LCA and ALW have launched The Flower Dog Project, a mobile art installation of 8 dogs touring S. Korea nationwide during the PyeongChang Olympics to bring awareness of the dog meat trade to the Korean public and international tourists.2018 is the year of the Golden Dog and each flower dog has been given a special name to serve a visual representation of the dogs suffering in the dog meat industry.Korean and global citizens are encouraged to sign the petition directed at the Korean government demanding the government to resolve the contradictory legal status of dogs into one: that of companion animals.The Flower Dog Locations
| 2/07/18 – Sejong Center, Gwanghwamun, Seoul | 2/09/18 – National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Seoul | 2/13/18 – Hoenggye Circus, Medal Plaza, Pyeongchang Olympics | 2/20/18 – Ogeori Culture Square, Jeonju | 2/21/18 – Democracy Square, Gwangju May 18 | 2/23/18 – Haeundae Beach, Busan | 2/26/18 – Daegu | 2/28/18 – Blue House, Seoul |
The 8 Flower Dogs
(from left to right)
Image Source: LCA
| Spring to represent fresh, cool water | Field to give hope that one day caged dogs will run free | White to represent snow to be played in, not to cause death in freezing temperatures | Breeze to represent fresh air instead of the rancid, toxic air at the dog farms | Goldie to represent the Year of the Golden Dog | Iron to break the cages dogs are locked in | Taeguk (name of Korean national flag) to represent the power of the Korean people supporting the dog meat ban |Flame to give warmth to the dogs suffering from extreme cold |
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.
Find out more CLICK HERE
“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