Posted on August 11 2016
For most of the people around the world, dogs are part of our families, they are our pets and we love them dearly and would never hurt them.
Most of the countries have strict laws against animal abuse and since animals have no voice of their own we fight for their rights every day.
Unfortunately, in 11 countries around the world, dog meat industry is a huge business that kills over 25 million dogs each year and brings over $200.000.000 in profits. The 11 countries include China, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Arctic and Antarctic and two cantons in Switzerland.
CHINA, although the Chinese were the first to domesticate the dog and keep them as pets, the dog meat industry is huge with over 2 million dogs tortured, slaughtered and killed each year. They believe that if they torture the dogs while they are still alive the meat will be more tender and taste better. The dogs get beaten, they cut off their paws, break their legs and skin them alive. Some of the slaughter housed don’t want to go thru the expense of raising these dogs and feeding them, so they still already grown dogs from their private owners, torture and kill them. Once a year in June there is 10 days long Yulin Dog Festival where people gather to sample dog meat hotpot, lychee fruits, and local liquor. During the festival, 10.000 dogs get killed and eaten. The festival is very controversial and brings hundreds of animal activist that are trying to force the government to banned it. The local government is trying to say the festival does not have their backing it’s staged by private businesses. This year they collected 11 million signatures to ban the festival and end the cruelty. Many of the animal rescue groups like The Humaine Society International and The Animal Hope And Wellness Foundation went there this year and negotiated buying several of the slaughter houses from the owners, they were able to destroy them, save thousands of dogs and give them a second chance in life.
A poll published this week in The State News Agency, Xinhua showed that 64% of people aged 16 to 50 would support a permanent end to the festival.
Another 51.7%, including Yulin residents, wanted the dog meat trade banned completely, with 69.5% claiming to have never eaten dog meat.
"It's embarrassing to us that the world wrongly believes that the brutally cruel Yulin festival is part of Chinese culture," said Qin Xiaona, director of the Capital Animal Welfare Association charity, one of many groups that commissioned the survey. "It isn't."
INDONESIA, while the country is predominantly Muslim, and eating dogs is considered haram or strictly forbidden in Islam, Christian minorities and ethnic groups across the country enjoy eating dogs. Jakarta the capital is among the highest consumers of dog meat in Indonesia. The Marine Agriculture and Food Security Agency said that around 40,000 dogs are delivered to Jakarta daily to compensate for the demand for dog meat. The way, they cook the dogs is cruel, yanked by their necks, they are then clubbed on the head until they are unconscious before they are thrown to the floor and blowtorched to death. Other dogs are still moving while they are being burned alive. In Indonesia, despite animal welfare group campaigns, there is no serious consideration by the government to prohibit dog meat consumption.
SOUTH KOREA, 2.5 million dogs are consumed annually in South Korea, bringing profits of over $200.000.000 each year. The Koreans have similar beliefs to the Chinese, they think that high adrenaline levels will produce tender meat and increase the supposed health benefits—dogs who are killed may be intentionally subjected to extreme fear and suffering and be killed via bludgeoning, hanging, or electrocution. SDince South Korea will host the 2018 winter Olympics, many animal activists see this as an opportunity to shine some international light on the practice, and in doing so finally bring an end to the deplorable dog meat trade. If you like to help to end the dog meat trade practices in South Korea, send a letter to South Korean president and ambassador to the United States urging South Korea to stop killing dogs for human consumption.
Honorable AmbassadorAhn Ho-Young
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
2450 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Her Excellency President Park Geun-Hye1 Cheongwadae-or, Jongno-gu
The Republic of Korea
MEXICO, dogs were historically bred for their meat by the Aztecs. These dogs were called itzcuintlis and were often pictured on pre-Columbian Mexican pottery. Today only in some of the remote villages you can find people eating dog meat, it’s not wildly popular across the country, a bit in some of the remote areas dog is still a popular type of meat.
THE PHILLIPINES, half a million dogs are slaughtered annually in the Philippines. The Philippine dog meat trade is primarily centered in the city of Baguio, in the northern Luzon Island province of Benguet. In the past eating, dogs were associated with rituals of mourning and only affected a small number of dogs. In the past 25 years, the dog meat trade has rapidly increased for commercial rather than cultural reasons. Stray dogs are rounded up off the street and shipped up to six hours to the Benguet province in extremely inhumane conditions without food or water. Steel cans are forced onto their noses and their legs are tied behind their backs. Many of the dogs are people’s pets—some are still wearing collars around their necks. Nearly half the dogs die before they reach their final destination. Sometimes 90 percent of the dogs die. Mortality rates are of no concern to the dog meat traders because the dead animals are processed along with the live ones. Behind closed doors, dogs are clubbed, their throats are cut, their fur is scorched off with a blow-torch, and their bodies are dismembered.
In the capital city of Manila,the law was passed in 1982, specifically prohibits the killing and selling of dogs for food. A similar ban was enacted nationally in 1998, with the Animal Welfare Act (Republic Act No. 8485). The Act prohibits killing dogs for food, with minimum penalties set at 1,000 pesos (equivalent to about $US22 at the time) and not less than six months in prison. The local police and governments do not enforce the law.
POLYNESIA is a South pacific Island owned by France, killing and eating dogs is forbidden by the law put in place decades ago, but the locals kill and consume dogs on a regular basis. The consumption of dogs increases during Christmas time and in July when they have their annual Dog Meat Day on July 14th, where the dish of the day is dog meat stew and vegetables.
TAIWAN is the first Asien country to pass Animal Protection Laws, in 1998 that forced all of the dog meat restaurants to close and they may be the country that will lead to legislation to ban dog and cat meat consumption and be an example to other Asien countries, the bill is currently in the senate and has a great chance to pass, putting fines up to $7500 for people that have possession of dog or cat meat. Most of the people in Taiwan does not eat dog and cat meat, but the underground slaughter houses still exist and cater to their clients.
VIETNAM, no one knows exactly when the Vietnamese started eating dog, but it’s been going on forever, and it is increasingly popular. About 5 million dogs are eaten in Vietnam every year. The dog is the go-to dish for drinking parties, family reunions, and special occasions. It is said to increase a man's virility, warm the blood on cold winter nights and help provide medicinal cures. The demand for dog meat is so great that they have dog-snitching workers stilling dogs in villages and recently a lot of the dogs come from other countries like Thailand, shipped to Vietnam packed in small tight cages.Since this is a black market practice run by the huge international mafia, it’s really hard for the animal activists to fight it or expose it.This business brings 300-500% of profits, and some of the government officials get their piece of a pie to keep their eyes closed. Just like in China the dogs are tortured or cooked alive as for the believe that the meat will be more tender and taste better.
ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC, dogs are mostly used there for sledding through the icy tundra, but when the meat supply runs low, dogs become a great source of protein for them.
SWITZERLAND, eating dog meat is not done on commercial scale, but it is legal, there are no government regulations prohibiting the consumption of dog and cat meat. Among farmers in the Alps, eating dog meat is very popular and common, they use dogs that are meaty similar to a rottweiler, they usually make sausages out of the meat. During Christmas time is Switzerland dog meat becomes popular among people that don’t eat it on a regular basis, you can even find it on a menu of some restaurants. Switzerland is the only Europen country allowing dog and cat meat consumption.
Most people don’t realize that in this time and age such cruelty and torture is still allowed and happening around the world. What is it going to take for people to change their mindset and show more heart and compassion? We all want to have a great life, we want people to respect us, but do we do enough to help the ones without the voice to have a normal life without pain and suffering? Most of the time when I would bring up the subject I hear, stop talking about it, I can’t listen it makes me sick. It makes me sick as well, but not talking or doing anything about it, won’t change anything and we are in a desperate need for change. All of you that sacrifice your lives to change the lives of other, THANK YOU, you are the true silent heroes, I know that few people can not change the world, but for the animals that you rescue, their life is changed forever and that’s what truly matters.