China Halts Canine Slaughter at Festival

Paws Up!

To the citizens of the People’s Republic of China for publicly demanding the end of cruel dog slaughter during a traditional festival in the town of Qianxi, and to their public officials for listening to and implementing their request for a ban.

Photo by Bill Benson/Flickr

The Chinese government has recently banned a festival in which an estimated 15,000 dogs were slaughtered annually. According to a Chinese report , “The government stopped the dog-eating carnival held in every October in Qianxi Township …due to resentment voiced on the Internet as well as increasing discontent among villagers”. The killing of live dogs at the festival became more widespread as vendors selling canine meat attempted to market their products as more fresh, resulting in many haste-driven and painful slaughter practices for the dogs. Eyewitness accounts state that many canines were stabbed, strangled, beaten, and even boiled while fully conscious, among other abuses.

The government ban of the dog meat festival comes as a direct result of online petitions and blogs created and promulgated by Chinese activists. Many have tied the growing public demand for animal welfare standards in China to several factors such as an increase of pet ownership in the burgeoning middle class, and higher rates of keeping companion animals by lonesome migrant workers who work away from their families.

Take Action: Write the Chinese Ambassador in support of the government’s actions banning the dog meat festival, and encourage him to work to continue improving welfare standards for dogs, cats, and all other animals.

Ambassador Zhang Yesui
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tele. No.: 202-495-2266
chinaembpress_us@mfa.gov.cn

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Close Cruel Bear Bile Farms in China

Photo by Tim Ellis

In traditional Chinese medicine, bear bile is used to cure many ailments. To keep the supply of this ingredient flowing, bears are kept in small “crush cages” so their bile may be harvested, sometimes twice daily. The extraction process is painful, requiring direct access to the live bears’ gallbladders. While there are a few different methods, the current standard is the “free drip” technique in which a permanent hole is made in the bears’ abdomens. The bile freely flows from the gallbladder and is collected daily by puncturing a membrane. Bile often leaks back into the abdomen and the open hole causes painful infections. While this suffering is unreasonable in any situation, it is especially unnecessary because of the creation of recent herbal medicines that mimic the ingredients of bile. These remedies are cheaper, more effective, and more readily available. With this superior alternative, it is time for bear bile farming and use to be outlawed.

Write China’s ambassador to the United States, Zhang Yesui, and ask him to push for new legislation that would end this inhumane practice.

Ambassador Zhang Yesui
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place NW
Washington, DC 20008

Irish Greyhounds–One Step Forward, One Step Back

Paws Up!

To the Irish Department of Agriculture for refusing to approve a proposal by the Irish Greyhound Board to export Irish greyhounds to China.


Paws Down!
To the Irish Greyhound Board for continuing to explore the possibility of helping manage Chinese greyhound stadiums.

In a positive move, the Irish Department of Agriculture refused to approve a proposal by the Irish Greyhound Board to export Irish greyhounds to China to establish greyhound racing in that country. In addition, “Greyhound Action Ireland said the public pressure from within Ireland and internationally had ‘diverted this cruel development.’”

Photo by Frederic Lepied

However, according to news reports, “The Board is continuing to explore the possibility of helping to manage Chinese greyhound stadiums. It previously held talks with Beijing authorities about establishing a multi-million-euro greyhound franchise in China.”

Take Action: Contact the Irish Department of Agriculture to let that agency know you are in agreement with their refusal to approve the proposal and also.  In addition, contact the Irish Greyhound Board and urge its members to disengage from any support for greyhound racing in China. Further, urge both agencies to end greyhound racing in Ireland as a way to fostering a public understanding of and respect for the humane treatment of animals in Ireland.

Simon Coveney, Minister
Agriculture, Marine and Food
Marine Institute Headquarters
Rinville
Oranmore
Co. Galway,Ireland
Contact

Mr. Barry Coleman
Irish Greyhound Board
New Limerick Greyhound Stadium
Dock Road
Limerick,Ireland
Contact

Source:
Irishtimes
Indymedia

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Protect Racing Greyhounds

Photo by almogaver

As if racing greyhounds don’t have enough problems, Ireland is considering shipping some of its greyhounds to the People’s Republic of China so the Chinese can introduce greyhound racing to that country.

Aside from all the known problems involving racing greyhounds, i.e., dogs suffering serious injuries during training and racing, dogs being continuously confined in cages barely large enough for them to move around in, and dogs often receiving minimal veterinary care, there is a larger issue and that is the lack of animal welfare standards in the People’s Republic of China. In addition, the physical and psychological strain placed upon these dogs in transit from Ireland to China is tantamount to animal cruelty.

Please write a polite letter to the minister of Agriculture, Marine and Food and to the Irish Greyhound Board urging them to reconsider shipping racing greyhounds to the People’s Republic of China. Further, encourage them to end greyhound racing in their own country.

Simon Coveney, Minister
Agriculture, Marine and Food
Marine Institute Headquarters
Rinville
Oranmore
Co. Galway, Ireland

Mr. Barry Coleman
Irish Greyhound Board
New Limerick Greyhound Stadium
Dock Road
Limerick, Ireland

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China Protects Zoo Animals

Paws Up!
To the Chinese government for enacting a ban on animal performances at Chinese zoos and attractions.

Photo by Ray Yu

According to a news source, “China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development issued the order banning animal performances in October [scheduled to take effect January 2011], not long after the State Forestry Commission launched a campaign against animal mistreatment and placed a moratorium on the sale or transfer of performance animals. The regulation prohibits all animal performances as well as the sale or consumption of wildlife meat or products in zoos and other parks. It also requires zoos and parks to provide sufficient food and medical care, provide sanitary housing and keep animals away from ‘disturbance or irritation.’”

Take Action: Write a note of thanks to the Chinese ambassador to the United States, letting him know that you are grateful for China’s actions in protecting zoo animals.

The Honorable Zhang Yesui
Ambassador
Chinese Embassy
2201 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Source:
cnn.com

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Canada, Don’t Sell Seals to China

A seal lounges on rapidly disappearing ice.

Photo by Mike Spindler

NHES is distressed that despite worldwide protest and lack of demand, thousands of Canadian seals are still brutally killed each year. In 2009, the European Union voted to no longer sell seal products and the United States called for the immediate end to seal slaughter in Canada. However, instead of listening to the demands of Europe and the United States, Canada has chosen to continue this slaughter and instead market seal goods to China. As Europeans and Americans educated themselves on seal slaughter, many Chinese have as well and may indeed protest this decision. Please send the prime minister of Canada a polite note letting him know you disapprove of Canada’s decision to sell seal products to China.

The Honorable Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Canada
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