Help End the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and the Cruel Industry Supporting It

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The dog meat trade. Just typing those words brings tears to my eyes. I don’t want to write or even read stories about this cruel industry. Nor do I want to watch videos of its many horrors. But I do. Not just because it’s my job, but because I am a human being with compassion and a deep love for dogs.

Dogs in a holding pen at one of the Dangkou Market slaughterhouses. The illegal pet meat trade not only victimizes animals but is also a risk to food safety and public health. Rabies transmissions to humans are very common in dog-eating regions of Asia. (Photo courtesy Humane Society International)
Dogs in a holding pen at a Dangkou Market slaughterhouse. (Photo courtesy Humane Society International)

The Yulin Dog Meat Festival starts today in China. If you aren’t familiar with what that entails, I encourage you to:

Watch #TheCompassionProject PSA

Marc Ching, founder of the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation and a longtime rescuer of meat dogs, enlisted the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Pamela Anderson, Minnie Driver, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Maher, Andy Cohen, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Tricia Helfer, Sia, and others for this moving #TheCompassionProject video.

In it, Marc—who is currently in China saving dogs from butchers who supply meat to the festival—explains:

“This trade is built upon this belief that if you torture or abuse the animal, it makes the meat taste better or it gives health benefits to anyone who eats it. Whether or not you think it’s something to be eaten or on a menu, the cruelty and torture and violence, it’s wrong.”

The actors and musicians who stand with him then call for an end to the stabbing, beating, hanging, skinning, and boiling alive of these innocent and defenseless creatures. They encourage viewers to help put an end to the festival and the industry itself by sharing the PSA. Warning: This video does contain upsetting images.

Learn more about the dog meat trade

Our own Lisa Plummer Savas covers this horrific industry for us. Here are a few of her more recent stories:

Help to end it

There are many ways you can get involved, including to:

Be happy for the dogs who escape their fate

Pocket enjoys a leisurely sunbath — what a far cry from his miserable life at the dog farm. (Photo by Martyn Stewart)

Lisa has also written about dogs who were rescued from horror-filled lives and adopted into loving forever homes. Find hope in their stories:

To follow Marc’s work in China this week, like the AHWF Facebook page. You can also read his new Dogster column on pet nutrition, one of his other passions.

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