China’s dog meat trade is a horrific commercial industry that slaughters 10 million dogs each year. Dogs are tied up, trucked long distances in cramped wire cages stuffed with dozens of other dogs, then beaten, burned or boiled alive. Nobody checks to see where these dogs came from – many are heartlessly ripped from their loving homes, or darted with poison on the streets and dragged away to the slaughterhouse.
Academy-award winning actress Kim Basinger narrates LCA’s public service announcement exposing China’s brutal dog meat industry.
LCA's Special Investigations Team is on the ground in China working to shut down the dog meat industry – starting with the Yulin Dog A woman holding a dead dog to be eaten at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.Meat Festival, a gruesome annual celebration of the summer solstice in Yulin, China. In 2015 and 2016, LCA investigators were on the ground documenting the brutal festival, exposing the horrors to the world. Thanks to the efforts of activists around the world, far fewer dogs are being slaughtered at Yulin Dog Meat Festival than in previous years -- and LCA will keep campaigning until the festival is shut down completely.
Dog clubbed in face at slaughterhouse. LCA investigators are also working full time on exposing China's dog meat slaughterhouses. When LCA's undercover footage was given to authorities at the Nongan Animal Health Bureau (AHB) in Northern China, they forced the closure of two slaughterhouses in China’s Jilin Provence: Zhao Zhiyong and Wangyajun. The Zhao Zhiyong slaughterhouse alone was killing an estimated 200,000 dogs per year. LCA’s team continues to monitor these slaughterhouses as they try to reopen, and is gathering evidence to close down more facilities.
There is more good news: Although it was once illegal to keep dogs as pets in China, times have changed and many households now include dogs as part of the family. They are shunning dog meat and speaking out against it, and as a result, the number of dog slaughters is decreasing throughout China.
The trend is encouraging, but dogs in China still face agonizing deaths for the dog meat trade and LCA will continue our work until the slaughter ends.
Live dogs lie next to their cage-mates, who have died during transport.
Dogs collected off the streets wait in a slaughterhouse holding pen.
Dead dogs are thrown into a pile; one is still alive.
2. Write a letter to the Chinese Embassy expressing your concerns about dog meat. Use this sample letter as a guide:
Dear Ambassador Cui 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.
[Your Name Here]
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