With a full time investigation team in China, LCA is working with Chinese officials to finally end the brutal dog and cat meat trade — including the gruesome Yulin Dog Meat Festival. LCA has already succeeded in closing down multiple dog slaughterhouses, and is working to shut down this barbaric industry for good.
Please sign the petition below urging Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai to call for an end to China’s horrific dog and cat meat trade!
Help Stop the Suffering!
Tell Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai to Call for an End to Dog and Cat Meat in China!
Dear Ambassador Tiankai,
I respectfully urge the Chinese government to adopt an animal cruelty law to end the suffering of the 10 million dogs killed annually in China’s dog meat trade and change the way all animals in China are treated.
I have great respect for the Chinese people and Chinese civilization, but I am horrified to learn of the brutality to animals that current laws do not address.
Dogs and other animals are sentient, feeling beings who need protection from the atrocities inflicted on them every day in the dog meat industry and elsewhere. I strongly urge the Chinese government to pass a law that would ban dog slaughter, and create the offense of cruelty to all animals that penalizes cruel treatment, confinement, transport, slaughter, and neglect.
Dog Meat Trade:
China’s dog and cat meat trade is a horrific and unregulated commercial industry that brutally tortures animals for profit. An estimated 10 million dogs and 4 million cats are slaughtered in China each year for meat. The dogs and cats are tied up, trucked long distances in cramped wire cages stuffed with dozens of other animals, then beaten, burned or boiled alive. Nobody checks to see where these animals come from – many are heartlessly stolen from their homes, or darted with poison on the streets and hauled off in vans.
LCA’s undercover footage documented dog slaughterhouses in the Jilin province, near the northern city of Changchun. When the footage was given to authorities at the Nongan Animal Health Bureau (AHB) in Northern China, they forced the closure of two slaughterhouses: Zhao Zhiyong and Wangyajun. The Zhao Zhiyong slaughterhouse alone was killing an estimated 200,000 dogs per year. LCA continues to monitor these slaughterhouses as they try to reopen.
LCA’s undercover footage also documents the cruelty at the Dong Wanquan, Wang Ting and Shandong dog slaughterhouses, each of which slaughters thousands of dogs every month. LCA is working to close these facilities down.
During the first few decades of the People’s Republic of China (established in 1949), dog ownership was essentially outlawed. As more Chinese citizens consider their dogs and cats as family members, outcry over the cruel dog and cat meat industry has grown.
Legislation to end the dog and cat meat trade has been proposed by National People’s Congress Deputy Zheng Xiaohe, and almost 9 million Chinese citizens have voiced their opinion online in support of the legislation.
The U.S. government is also starting to pressure China to end dog meat. On May 25, 2016, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a non-binding resolution into the U.S. House of Representatives condemning China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival and calling on the Chinese government to end the dog meat trade. House Resolution 752 acknowledges the “extreme animal cruelty” of the dog meat industry, citing its unpopularity with the Chinese people, its threat to global public health, and the countless stolen pets that are slaughtered each year.
Though non-binding resolutions are not laws, they have been used to state official congressional positions on issues and can affect future legislation, including treaties, trade agreements, and travel policy.
LCA is dedicated to putting an end to China’s dog and cat meat trade and your support is crucial.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Sign the petition above urging Ambassador Cui Tiankai to call for a ban on dog and cat meat. Also send him a letter in the mail at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. Use the text in the petition as an example.
Mail your letter to the following address:
Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Chinese Embassy Chancery
3505 International Pl N.W
Washington, D.C. 20008
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Note: emails are not always delivered; postal mail is more reliable)
2. Urge your Congress members to support the following bills:
- H.Res. 30 – Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade – Introduced by Rep. Alcee L.Hastings (D-FL-20) on January 6, 2017, this resolution would create an official stance of the United States condemning the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and calling for an end to dog meat in China.
- H.R.1406 – Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 – Introduced by Rep. Hastings on March 7, 2017, this bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption (which is currently legal in 44 states) in the U.S.
3. Make a donation today to keep LCA undercover investigators in the field to put an end to China’s dog meat trade.
Live dogs tranpsorted in small cages to markets where they will be killed for the Yulin dog meat festival
Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and media attention. LCA believes that animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons independent of their service to humans; they should not be made to suffer for the latter. LCA opposes the use of animals in food and clothing production, scientific experimentation, and entertainment and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and the ascription of rights to non-human beings.
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