By Sherry Chen
We’re all conscious that cultural practices and norms can differ extensively and that no tradition has (or ought to have) the proper to dictate to a different, however we additionally really feel it’s applicable to name for the humane remedy of animals, and, particularly, for an finish to the dog-meat commerce worldwide. The annual Yulin canine meat competition takes place in June and is estimated to be accountable for the torturing and killing of tens of 1000’s of helpless canine for meat consumption. However right here’s the silver lining: due to the unwavering dedication of some unimaginable volunteers, tons of of those pups are being rescued each yr. Study extra and discover out how one can assist.
Who’s No Canine Left Behind?
No Canine Left Behind (NDLB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group that works with Chinese language activists and volunteers to rescue canine from loss of life in sure components of China and rehabilitates them for eventual adoption. NDLB is gearing up for extra transports of slaughterhouse canine from China to New York Metropolis. Most of those survivors are adopted or fostered by households within the U.S., Canada, and the UK.
Rescuing Animals from the Meat Commerce
The rescue group most not too long ago saved practically 50 canine who had all been saved from the controversial dog-meat trade in sure Chinese language cities, the place canine are held in barbaric situations and killed for consumption. Whereas this follow is prohibited in China, there’s at the moment no laws in place to guard canine. “There aren’t any animal welfare legal guidelines in China,” says Jeffrey Beri, founding father of No Canine Left Behind. “Sustainability is a significant component in the way forward for our planet; the reckless slaughtering of animals should come to an finish.”
Volunteers and native Chinese language activists on the two NDLB sanctuaries in China work to vaccinate, deal with and rehabilitate these canine, most of whom have by no means skilled human kindness. “They’re simply so badly overwhelmed, tortured, slammed into hen cages,” says Beri. He believes educating youngsters on why canine are our associates is the important thing to alter. He typically speaks at faculties in Yulin, China, to show younger college students that canine are our companions. “A lot of them have by no means touched a canine,” he says.
In China, alongside native volunteers and courageous activists, No Canine Left Behind intercepts vans sure for this competition in addition to for slaughterhouses. The canine are by no means purchased, says Beri, as a result of “buying a canine kills 10 extra.” As an alternative, NDLB allied forces demand that truckers present correct authorized documentation for every canine, together with well being and quarantine certificates, which they can not do. As a result of the fines would exceed the price of the canine, the traffickers finally hand the animals over to activists.
Saving Canine in Korea
Now we’re listening to from South Korea, the place consuming canine can be a powerful, albeit typically low-profile, follow. The Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) group estimates that greater than two million canine are killed annually for meat in South Korea. Earlier than being slaughtered, they endure “horrible situations — crammed in unsanitary cages, fed with human waste meals.” In the long run, many are sometimes electrocuted, hanged, burned, or overwhelmed to loss of life as a result of they imagine that the animals’ struggling produces better-tasting meat and enhances virility in those that devour it.
The canine meat commerce is brisk in South Korea, the place canine meat merchants elevate and slaughter tens of thousands and thousands of canine. In China, individuals collect avenue canine to kill them for meat. Many canine die from dehydration, suffocation, or heatstroke throughout transport and watch as males kill their cage mates earlier than their eyes.
With all this consideration on South Korea, it’s necessary to acknowledge the state of affairs within the North, the place worldwide public opinion holds no sway, could also be much more dire. Based on an Agence France-Presse story in July, North Korea has been actively selling the virtues of canine meat, together with internet hosting canine meat meals contests in Pyongyang. Based on the story, sizzling canine meat soup is touted for its energy to stop ailments from malnutrition and bolster stamina — making it a favourite summer time specialty in North and South Korea.
Right here’s How You Can Assist
“That is about the way forward for the planet and our children; that’s who No Canine Left Behind is,” says Beri. “Activists, volunteers, and allied forces are at all times main the best way. We don’t imagine in bringing armies; we imagine in rising them. That’s a sustainable resolution.” No Canine Left Behind operates primarily based on the beneficiant donations and work of volunteers. Please contemplate making a tax-deductible donation at this time, try the many canine accessible for adoption, or inquire about fostering a canine.
Upcoming plans for No Canine Left Behind embrace:
- Opening a U.S. sanctuary.
- Buying a constitution aircraft to have the ability to evacuate 500 canine.
- Serving to China prepared the ground for change by enacting animal welfare legal guidelines.
However regardless that this New York native has helped tons of of canine, he can’t assist however consider those he couldn’t rescue. “The canine I can’t save are the canine that hang-out me.”
Photograph: Courtesy No Canine Left Behind