SayNoToDogMeat is the official campaigning body of the UK registered charity 1154524, World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade.
SayNoToDogMeat was founded by Julia de Cadenet, a dual qualified lawyer, who first witnessed the horrors of the live meat markets in China in 2009. After lobbying for the rights of Korean Dogs, where one dog is slaughtered every 13 seconds and torture is commonplace, she realised the way forward to raise awareness and help bring change was to start the Global Campaign NoToDogMeat.
This campaign was launched initially on social media in April 2013, by a core membership of like minded animal lovers with backgrounds in the legal field, veterinary science, journalism and running animal sanctuaries ; all of them ready to share their skills and their love of man's best friend to make a difference. The campaign was an immediate success and in less then a month took to the streets ( on May 18th 2013 ) for the first World Awareness Day Against the Dog and Cat Meat Trade . Over 36 cities took part and this has now become an annual event. In May 2013,Say NoToDogMeat took a short film on the dog meat trade to the Cannes Film Festival entitled -Hidden in the Land of Morning Calm- South Korean using footage poignantly gathered by leading activist Kyenan Kum from IAKA. It is the first time ever the dog and cat meat trade has been truly exposed on such a world scale! Since then many more videos have been made to show the horrors that the dogs and cats are subjected to and we truly hope they will reach main stream media.
SayNoToDogMeat now has thousands of active members and supporters around the globe.Each and every one is invited to play a part in changing history, share skills and contribute to making a difference.No action is too small !
The UKCharity and legal structure behind the SayNoToDogMeat campaign World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade, the first charity of its kind in the United Kingdom was legallly formed on May 24th 2013. Thanks to generous donors and sale of SayNoToDogMeat merchandise, it was able to raise enough funds to be placed on the Charity Commission Register in November 2013.
SayNoToDogMeat encourages active campaigning from all members and supporters who seek to make difference for their beloved companion animals! We respect cultural differene and pay tribute to the work of other groups ,yet ,understanding after 30 years campaigning with little effect , it is time to change approach. Being part of a global movement means every chapter can act automonously in its events organising and campaigning activites, knowing they are fully supported by our London Team of volunteers and have full access to regularly updated free material available for download from this site,
All donations go directly to the Registered Charity and are carefully spent ( with only a small portion spent on running costs) .World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade ( working name " SayNoToDogMeat Foundation") ,has been set up to prevent and suppress cruelty towards dogs and cats in the meat trade and to provide support to dogs and cats rescued from this trade. One of our Trustees and Founding Member, John Hughes is able to guide us, with his long experience in running the Philippines Shelter Dogs Mountain.
Our challenge is huge and we are grateful to a growing number of Asian activists who have joined our cause:
In South Korea alone over 2.5 Million dogs are eaten yearly. Every summer a two month long dog meat eating festival takes place and up to 15,000 dogs and cats will die each day. There is no regard to the Univeral Five freedoms of the sentient being. ( as defined also in Article 7 of the OIE Terrestrial Code) . What is really shocking is that the torture and slaughter frequently takes place in front of children.
In China this figure is close to 10 Million with dogs skinned alive, their fur then sold for cheap clothing. Dog meat festivals such as in Yulin are commonplace and there is no regard given to health or sanitation. Activists are frequently pushing for welfare laws to be created and our team is working on draft legislation.
Koreans believe the more the animal suffers the better the meat tastes. This means dogs are beaten and blowtorched alive and cats are boiled to make soup and elixirs. Imagine a kitchen full of pressure cookers where cats are plunged into hot water alive. This happens in a sophisticated country, the home to Samsung, LEG and Hyundai.
In Thailand pets are stolen or bought for a plastic bucket and then sold ,trafficked into Vietnam for nearly $250 each where they await the most unspeakable torture.
And, in Indonesia dogs are burnt alive in open markets just minutes from tourist attractions.
This epidemic of cruelty which extends throughout Asia and beyond has no place in our Millenium.
SayNoToDogMeat respects cultural differences but does not agree with the systematic torture dogs and cats endure for food consumption. How can boiled puppy juice be the new viagra? How can a dogs fed on rotting waste of packed tightly in cages, transported for hours without food or water be humane? This is not farming. It is ( for the most part) an illegal, unregulated industry, run by criminal gangs and fuelled by greed. The cultural practice of deliberately making an animal suffer to alter the taste has is not and never has been acceptable. It is time for change and SayNoToDogMeat stands firm and marches forward peacefully with that goal in mind.
Cruelty is Not Cool !
If you would like to contact us or join us, please send us an email or call us on + 44 207 873 2250 . You can also reach us on Skype: NoToDogMeat
Petition sheets , donation cheques and correspondence can be sent to our registered address : NTDM .17 Cavendish Square, London. W1G 0PH. UK
The NoToDogMeat name and logo design has been registered at the UK Copyright service 286467404 and as a registered trade mark TM 0003050643.
Any use that does not fit with our charity purpose, campaign or for material gain is strictly forbidden .Please refer to our terms and conditions.
NoToDogMeat legally owns all variations of the NoToDogMeat webdomains, including saynotodogmeat.com and co.uk. Registered in April and June 2013.