Talkin' Pets News

November 11, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Maria Ryan - DogGone Positive - Port St. Lucie, FL

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There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it.

Petitioning United States Congress, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell

Ask Congress to Outlaw Dog and Cat Meat in the U.S.

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Did you know that dog and cat meat is completely legal in 44 states of the U.S.? That’s right — as shocked and outraged as so many of us are about the brutality to companion animals in other parts of the world, the truth is that the slaughter is happening right here in our homeland, too.

A mere 6 states have outlawed dog and cat meat; that leaves nearly 90% of the country with no law protecting these animals from being killed, butchered and eaten.

But now, there is an opportunity to finally end this atrocity. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) has introduced H.R. 1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017, which will prohibit the transport, sale, and possession of dogs or cats to be slaughtered for human consumption. 

"This bill allows the United States to stand in unity with other countries that have made the dog and cat meat trade illegal, while also giving the United States greater standing to urge other countries to end this brutal and inhumane practice once and for all,” said Hastings.

This legislation was cosponsored by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Dave Trott (R-MI), and Brenden F. Boyle (D-PA). And with the support of both parties, there is no excuse for Congress not to pass this lifesaving bill.

Please sign the petition urging Congress to enact the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 at once. It’s time for America to finally protect its companion animals from slaughter.

 

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings commended as he meets dog rescued from Yulin

 

(May 25, 2016)—Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a resolution condemning the annual dog meat festival that takes place in Yulin, China. The festival, scheduled to occur this year on June 21st, involves the capture and cruel killing of thousands of dogs. Hastings’ resolution calls on the Chinese government and Yulin authorities to end the dog meat trade and better enforce food safety and animal transportation laws that should preclude this activity.  

More than 10 million dogs are killed for human consumption every year in China. The trade involves animal cruelty, criminal activity including theft of pets, and serious risk to human health, with the World Health Organization linking the trade to cholera and rabies.

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, and Humane Society International applaud Congressman Hastings for bringing attention to the cruel festival. HSI, one of the world’s leading animal protection groups campaigning for an end to China’s dog meat trade, has been on the ground in Yulin and other Chinese regions for the past few years, working with Chinese partner groups to rescue dogs from trucks bound for the dog meat markets, uncover the immense cruelty that takes place at the slaughterhouses, and draw attention to the plight of the animals. To highlight the resolution, Congressman Hastings met Little Ricky, a dog who was rescued from Yulin by HSI and was named in honor of actor and comedian Ricky Gervais for his support of HSI’s #EndYulin campaign. Little Ricky now lives happily in Washington, D.C.

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI, said: “China’s dog meat trade, and in particular the Yulin dog meat festival during which thousands of dogs are abused and slaughtered for their meat during the summer solstice, are immensely cruel and deserving of global attention. So we applaud Congressman Hastings for shining a congressional spotlight on this atrocity. When HSI found Little Ricky in a Yulin slaughterhouse, he was terrified and moments away from death. He found sanctuary in the United States, and so it is fitting this canine ambassador was present to welcome Congressman Hastings’ resolution. We hope this resolution is heard far and wide, and compels the Yulin authorities and Chinese government to put an end to the cruelty.” 

"Animal welfare has remained an issue of great importance to me throughout my time in Congress,” said Congressman Hastings. “The inhumane slaughter of thousands of dogs in China during the summer solstice, and millions more every year, deserves international attention. I hope my resolution will do just that, and make clear that inhumane treatment and indiscriminate slaughter is unequivocally wrong. I will continue to work to ensure that all animals are treated humanitarianly and thank Humane Society International for its work on this important issue.”

The resolution, which has 27 original cosponsors, does the following:

  1. Condemns the dog meat festival in Yulin;
  2. Urges the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to enforce the 2011 Agriculture Ministry of China Regulation that requires "one certificate for one dog" on board trucks transporting dogs that cross provincial boundaries;
  3. Encourages the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to enforce China’s food safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products, which should preclude dog meat trade activity;
  4. Urges the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to impose a ban on the killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin’s festival;
  5. Urges the National People's Congress of China to enact an anti-animal cruelty law with provisions banning the dog meat trade; and
  6. Affirms the commitment of the United States to the protection of animals and to the progress of animal protection around the world.

The congressional resolution will help to raise awareness of U.S. opposition to the cruelty taking place in Yulin and throughout China.

HSI will be at the Yulin festival on June 21 to shine a global spotlight on the suffering. People can join HSI’s global #StopYulin campaign by signing our petition at www.hsi.org/helpstopyulin. The petition will be submitted to Chinese officials in early June.

Group releases first in a series of investigations into China's dog meat industry, calls for national animal cruelty law

Los Angeles, CA December 9, 2015 – Undercover footage released today by national nonprofit Last Chance for Animals (LCA) exposed horrific cruelty at large commercial slaughterhouses in Northern China. The video and accompanying PSA, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Kim Basinger, is the first in a series of LCA investigations showing dogs in Jilin Province in China sold, transported, and killed in ways that cause incredible suffering.

Last Chance for Animals travelled to China and worked with a local team to expose dog slaughter and generate a groundswell of opposition to the cruel industry. In many cities across the country, the industry relies on criminal gangs to steal pets from families, while others are of unknown origin – a potential human health hazard. Dogs are not an approved species under China’s food safety slaughter regulations, so facilities like these never operate legally.

The recent investigation focused on two slaughterhouses outside the city of Changchun that were under scrutiny from authorities. Local Chinese citizens learned of the massive number of dogs being killed daily and brought evidence of illegal slaughter to their attention. 

Officials from the Animal Health Bureau, acting with local police, ordered the largest slaughterhouse to cease operations after visiting the facility and discovering workers processing hundreds of dogs for meat. The owners faced fines as well as an order to cease operations. Another slaughterhouse in the same area stopped operating after learning of the crackdown. These two operations were responsible for hundreds of thousands of dogs killed each year in the region, which is home to many dog meat restaurants.

Last Chance for Animals investigative footage documents:

  • transport trucks full of dogs arriving for slaughter wearing collars signifying their status as family pets
  • dogs being dragged from transport cages by their necks with metal tongs
  • dogs repeatedly clubbed over the head and having their throats slit while fully conscious
  • a mother dog beaten to death as she cowered over top of her puppies in an attempt to save them

To view the undercover video footage visit: www.stopdogmeat.com.

“LCA appreciates the Chinese provincial authorities, police, and regulatory agencies that took swift action when presented with the evidence, and we look forward to continuing this work to expose animal cruelty and hold abusers accountable,” said Adam Wilson, Director of Investigations for Last Chance for Animals. “This summer, the Yulin dog meat festival attracted international news coverage, and condemnation from abroad as well as China’s growing middle class, which is largely opposed to dog slaughter. It’s shocking to witness dogs beaten to death at a slaughterhouse, and see livestock trucks full of pets, but we must also see it as an opportunity to urge for greater animal protection standards in China.”

“When I heard about the brutal dog meat industry in China I was shocked to learn that there are no animal cruelty laws to protect them or any other animal,” Basinger said after watching the footage, “Every second of every minute of every day the cruelty is ongoing, with over 10 million dogs killed each year.”

Basinger and LCA are calling for China to adopt a nationwide animal cruelty law that would create penalties for cruel treatment of any animal. Currently animals in China have no protection from the brutal acts documented in the investigation, and food safety and disease prevention regulations prohibiting the slaughter of animals without veterinary inspection are only applied due to pressure from activists. LCA is working for the passage of an animal cruelty law before the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and public awareness campaigns. Since its formation in 1984, LCA has succeeded as one of the nation’s pioneer animal advocacy organizations. Working internationally, LCA’s Sam Simon Special Investigations Unit documents abuse in research labs, puppy mills, factory farms, and the entertainment industry, and works with prosecutors to enforce animal cruelty laws. LCA’s educational and public outreach programs have empowered the public to make positive changes for the animals in their own communities. For more information please visit www.lcanimal.org/.

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SMITHTOWN, NY – (November 6, 2015) – According to the Animal Welfare Institute, 2 million dogs are killed for food each year in South Korea and over 100,000 tons of dog meat is consumed annually. The South Korean culture favors the consumption of dog meat as an ancient tradition and is thought to promote good health and energy. Guardians of Rescue have been a powerful force of opposition against the dog meat trade in South Korea. Upon receiving a call from a local South Korean animal organization, Save the Korean Dogs, Guardians of Rescue stepped in to help rescue 17 dogs from death at a South Korean restaurant.

“Unfortunately, the South Korean culture continues to consume dog meat every day,” affirms Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We have formed a campaign, “Real Men Don’t Eat Dog” to try to end this act and the cruel, unfair treatment of dogs. We’ve partnered with Save the Korean Dog and we’re seeking donations to continue this life-saving program.”

A couple weeks ago, an organization called Koreandogs.org received a message about a restaurant with banners advertising, “We Barbecue Whole Dogs.” Upon arriving at the restaurant, Nami Kim of Save the Korean Dogs found dogs living in horrific conditions.

Behind the restaurant, dogs were living in wire cages. Some of the dogs had resorted to eating the bodies of other dead dogs. The area contained dog bones and scattered leashes along with evidence of dogs being hung, slaughtered and barbequed.

On November 4, 2015, after sharing the horrific conditions with Guardians of Rescue, the two organizations jointly stepped in and rescued all 17 dogs from the restaurant. The dogs were immediately taken to a veterinarian office in South Korea to be examined and treated.

Guardians of Rescue is actively raising funds to transport all 17 dogs to the United States, where they will be safe and find loving homes. Other organizations are greatly encouraged to be a part of the rescue mission and assist in raising enough funds for the dogs.

“These dogs need to be safe and loved and transported to the United States, where they can hope to live long, happy lives,” affirms Misseri. “We can’t do that without the help of the community and dog-lovers everywhere.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, or to donate to save Tera, her pups and others like them that face slaughter, please go to www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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Source:

Animal Welfare Institute. The Dog Meat Trade. https://awionline.org/dogmeat

SMITHTOWN, NY – (October 6, 2015) –According to the Korean Animal Rights Advocates, approximately 2.5 million dogs are killed each year and around 100,000 tons consumed annually. Every day, thousands of dogs are transported from horrific dog meat farms to slaughter at the local markets for dinner in South Korea. The South Koreans’ culture believes that dog meat makes men more virile and strong. The more the dog is beaten prior to death, the more tender the meat. Guardians of Rescue, a nation-wide animal rescue organization, is teaming up with Save the Korean Dogs to step in and rescue as many innocent dogs as possible from a horrific death.

“No dog deserves to live or die like this,” says Robert Misseri, Guardians of Rescue founder and president. “We plan to do whatever it takes to save as many as we can. The cultural beliefs in South Korea consider dog meat a delicacy. It is beyond our comprehension that this exists. We are campaigning against this cruel, barbaric slaughter of mans best friend.”

Guardians of Rescue has teamed up with Nami Kim of Save the Korean Dogs, to save innocent dogs from being abused, tortured and boiled for soup. In the past, Guardians of Rescue have been a powerful force of opposition against the dog meat trade in South Korea.

Now, they are planning to save a mother dog and her pups from the sad fate thousands of dogs face. Tera and her three puppies are just four in a sea of doomed dogs, farmed for meat.

Guardians of Rescue is seeking donations to continue their campaign, “Real Men Don’t Eat Dog!”

“We are trying to raise funds to get these four dogs to our shelter partner, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue on Long Island,” says Misseri. “The flight to JFK airport is $2,000… money well spent to save this momma and babies from being boiled alive. We are asking everyone to please donate to the cause. Tera and her puppies deserve a happy life and this is a step forward in helping thousands of South Korean dogs.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, or to donate to save Tera, her pups and others like them that face slaughter, please go to www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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HSI rescues 103 dogs & puppies 

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SEOUL (17 Sept. 2015)―A rescue mission to save 103 dogs and puppies from a South Korean dog meat farm has been successfully undertaken by Humane Society International. The rescue is part of HSI’s campaign to end South Korea’s dog meat trade and raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of “meat dogs.” In the third dog farm closure by HSI this year, all 103 dogs are being flown to the United States where they will be adopted.

HSI came to an agreement with the farmer, Mr. Kim, to permanently end raising dogs at his farm for meat in Chungcheongnamdo and switch to growing rice instead. In Korea, an increasing portion of the population finds the dog meat trade to be shameful. Many farmers are facing pressure from their loved ones and local communities to close their farms and transition to new lines of work.

HSI’s director of companion animals and engagement, Kelly O’meara, said: “The first time we saw the dogs, it was really shocking. They were clearly terrified but once they realized we weren’t there to hurt them, their tails started wagging, eager for the slightest show of affection. They have so much love to give, it’s appalling to think they were destined to be butchered for their meat. These dogs are going to make wonderful canine companions. Rescuing them and getting to know their personalities makes us even more determined to end the cruel dog meat trade.”

More than 2 million dogs are bred and butchered each year for their meat in South Korea, part of Asia’s cruel dog meat trade. In China and elsewhere most dogs are stolen from the streets, but in South Korea they are exclusively bred on small scale factory farms. HSI is working with farmers, like Kim, to close their dog farms and switch to humane livelihoods instead.

Kim, who had bred dogs for meat for about a year, said: “As a dog lover, I hope to see more dogs getting adopted to families. In the future, I hope other farmers will be given this opportunity where they can change to different businesses.”

The rescuers discovered a mixture of breeds on the farm, ranging from large mastiffs most often considered as “meat dogs” in South Korea, to Jindo mixes, Spaniel mixes and Chihuahuas. All have been saved from a miserable life in small filthy cages, and brutal death, most commonly by electrocution, to become a cherished companion in America.

HSI will be launching public awareness campaigns to encourage South Koreans to think differently about “meat dogs”, who are no different to the pet dogs that a growing number of Koreans are welcoming into their homes as companions. While dog adoption is not yet widely established in South Korea, HSI hopes to see that change in the future by building a community of citizens who adopt former farm dogs into their homes and help fellow South Koreans take them into their hearts.

Kitty Block, HSI’s vice president, said from Seoul: “Humane Society International has now rescued and rehomed 186 dogs from South Korea’s brutal dog meat trade, and every time we see these lucky guys happy in their new families, it’s a painful reminder of those still suffering on these farms.  These dogs will be amazing ambassadors for our efforts to end the cruelty of the dog meat trade, and we hope to open a dialogue with the South Korean government about doing just that. When the Winter Olympics comes to Seoul in 2018, the world will want to know that South Korea no longer tolerates dog meat cruelty.”   

(June 17, 2013) – Humane Society International CEO and President Andrew Rowan, Ph.D., sent letters urging Chinese Ambassadors to the United States, United Kingdom and Canada to work with officials in Yulin, Guangxi province, to end an inhumane annual event known as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where tens of thousands of dogs are bludgeoned to death in the streets for meat consumption. As outrage builds worldwide and within China against the event, Rowan sent a letter to the ambassadors on behalf of HSI supporters and members. The letters are also being sent to Yulin and Guangxi officials.

Rowan states: “Millions of animal advocates around the globe, including those in China, are protesting this inhumane, barbaric spectacle which has no place in modern society and where the butchering of tens of thousands of dogs has started and will go on for two weeks. Thousands of dogs are stuffed into and heaped on top of one another in plastic or wire crates, and are sent overland via truck on grueling, sometimes weeks-long journeys; many do not survive. Those that do survive, just barely, are then bludgeoned to death in the streets. In addition to the cruelty, this event is a public health risk because the commercial trade in dogs for meat involves the large-scale transport of dogs across international borders in Asia, and incidence of rabies has been linked to dogs in the trade. We respectfully request that the ambassadors work with Yulin officials, on behalf of all animal advocates, to end it, just as similar events elsewhere in China have been ended.”

HSI works in the region to bring about an end to the trade, where possible, and will co-host later this month the 4th Annual China Companion Animal Protection Symposium to encourage Chinese society to confront the cruelty of the trade in dogs and cats for meat consumption. At least 10 million dogs are believed to be killed for consumption of their meat in China annually, predominantly in South China and Northeast China. Last year, a dog meat festival in Jinhua City, Zhejing province ended after opposition from Chinese animal groups.

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — on the Web at hsi.org.