News articles and blogs 2017
03/03/2018 VietNamNet Bridge - The Center of Pet Animal Protections and Studies (CPAPS) is a familiar name to many animal lovers, especially young people. When reporters visited the center on a pre-Tet day, they met two young people who were on duty taking care of about 100 dogs and cats.
25th Feb 2018 Health warning as rabies spreads rapidly.... RABIES has spread rapidly, albeit silently, in many provinces of Thailand, with 271 confirmed cases of infection in animals nationwide as of yesterday – just 55 days into the New Year.
13rth Feb 2018 Olympic crackdown on dog meat fails to banish it from menus ... GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Dog meat restaurants are cooking up their traditional specialties despite government pressure and financial incentives aimed at curbing sales during the PyeongChang Olympics. Consuming dog is largely unpopular in modern South Korea and has become increasingly taboo. But "bosingtang" — literally “invigorating stew” made with dog meat — still appears on some menus.....READ FULL STORY
13TH FEB 2018 Vietnamese dog meat vendors prepare for Lunar New Year... ACPA estimated in 2014 that over half (53.7 per cent) of Vietnamese people were against eating dog meat, demonstrating a tangible improvement but also highlighting the extent of the challenge animal rights defenders face to end the trade for good.....READ FULL STORY
13th Feb 2018 China’s dog meat restaurants on the back foot as public clamour to report illegality ... A new Animals Asia initiative allows the public to report dog meat restaurant illegality online, with hundreds of reports flooding in over the first 10 days. While the dog meat industry must conform to strict regulations in China, investigations have consistently revealed widespread illegality at every stage of the supply chain. In just one year, Animals Asia’s Cat and Dog Welfare team and volunteers were able to leverage this illegality by reporting cases to the authorities, resulting in 130 restaurants having to close down or stop selling dog meat. Now the charity is going one step further by rolling out an online platform which allows the general public in China to quickly and easily report potential illegality which Animals Asia passes to the authorities......READ FULL STORY
6th Feb 2018 EXCLUSIVE: The trade in dog meat South Korea doesn't want Olympics tourists to see is exposed at market where they are slaughtered, chopped up and served in bubbling red broth for just $8 a bowl ... These are the images South Korean Olympics organizers do not want you to see – dogs being slaughtered and sold for food just 70 miles from where the Games begin on Friday. Dogs and even puppies are sold openly for food in Moran market, Seongnam, the country's largest open-air dog market - contradicting claims made last year by local authorities that it was closing. Up to 80,000 dogs are sold and slaughtered at the market each year, to be made into a soup which folklore claims boosts the eater's sex drive. Acutely aware of the worldwide reaction to eating dog meat, Korean authorities have urged citizens not to consume the animals during the Olympics – but DailyMail.com's pictures show their request is futile.....READ FULL STORY
7th Feb 2018 PAWS’ alert: Unsafe to eat dog meat, as school withdraws plan for field trip ‘meal’ ... MANILA – The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is reminding the public that it is unsafe to eat dog meat, which has been documented to transmit rabies, a disease that has led to the deaths of people who have consumed it. This statement was prompted by a letter posted by parent Chuck Torres on Facebook on Thursday last week, where representatives from his son’s school sought his permission for the consumption of dog meat and locally-made beer during a field trip to Baguio City....READ FULL STORY
24th Jan 2018 Activists Film ‘Extreme Market’ In Indonesia To Denounce Dog Meat Trade’ ... A coalition of animal welfare groups has released horrific footage of dogs being bashed to death and blowtorched in so-called “extreme markets” in Indonesia. Dog Meat Free Indonesia ― formed by the Indonesian groups Animal Friends Jogja and Jakarta Animal Aid Network, the United Kingdom-based Change for Animals Foundation, and Australia’s Humane Society International ― shared 12 minutes of graphic footage from a December visit to so-called “extreme markets” in North Sulawesi, a province of Indonesia. The group filmed the video at Tomohon Extreme Market and Langowan Market, where vendors sell fruit and fresh produce alongside dogs and cats that are brutally killed on-site. Though different types of animals can be seen in the footage, the video focuses on dogs.....READ FULL STORY
15th Jan 2018 Dog-lover Phil says thanks to Horncastle community for support ... A Horncastle business owner says he has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity and support he’s received from the local community ahead of his trip to Thailand to volunteer at one of the world’s biggest animal charities. Phil Cantwell, who owns the award-winning Thai Dining Room and Riverside Grill, will jet out to the Far East in the next few days. He’ll spend two weeks working at the Soi Dog Foundation, Mr Cantwell appealed through the Horncastle News for donations of pet toys and slip leads to take Thailand......READ FULL STORY
9th Jan 2018 CHINA’S ONLINE RETAILERS ARE DROPPING DOG MEAT FROM THEIR STORES... Joining a number of other online shopping platforms, Chinese retailer Pin Duo Duo has banned the sale of dog and cat meat after customers discovered and reported that some of its retailers were selling such products online. Pin Duo Duo released a statement on December 12, 2017, announcing that “it was prohibited for anyone to sell cat and dog meat on the platform,” and mentioned there would be action taken against the perpetrators. In the statement, the retailer also talked about the potential dangers involved with consuming animals that may be infected with parasites or diseases that can affect humans, such as rabies. Such firm and positive action is a heartening trend among Chinese online retailers. In July 2017, Taobao, China’s version of Ebay, removed dog meat products from their site after a campaign by Animals Asia. Top food order platform ele.me banned the sale of all dog meat in 2016, along with bear bile, bear paw, shark fin and other wildlife products.......READ FULL STORY
9th Jan 2018 How a tragic series of errors led to a policeman beating a dog to death in the street...When gruesome scenes of an auxiliary Chinese policeman beating a golden retriever to death in the street hit the internet recently, it started a firestorm of criticism. Shock, revulsion, disbelief, disgust, anger...these are just some of the reactions people in China and around the world expressed. Personally, I felt sick to my stomach. Then desperately ashamed, then furiously angry. How could any person do this? What kind of person could be so viciously cruel? But now understanding the context of that gruesome video, I realise this isn’t the story of a bad person gone rogue, it’s the tragic story of a bad system which let that poor dog down, time and time again.......READ FULL STORY
5th Jan 2018 Two arrests after 770 kilos of illegal dog meat seized by police......Two men have been arrested after more than 77 dead dogs — destined for the illegal dog meat trade — were seized in Batangas. The suspects, Emerson Balingaloan, aged 36, and Glen Bajacang, 30, admitted the carcasses — weighing 770 kilos — were on their way a restaurant in their home city Baguio. Police made the arrests in Padre Garcia following a tip-off from the Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF)...READ FULL STORY