For years, animal advocates the world over have been searching for a way to stop the heinous torture and slaughter of 10,000 dogs and cats which occurs every year in and around Yulin, China. Anatrocity which kicked off today, June 21, with the start of the Dog Meat Festival. Now you have the opportunity to make a difference.
Contact your State Representative to make sure they support H.R. 752, a a resolution condemning the Yulin Festival and calling on the Government of China to enact tougher anti-animal cruelty laws. If just 47 additional co-sponsors of the Resolution step up, it will be passed.
Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL), who introduced the Resolution, released a statement on Monday regarding H.R. 752. He needs our support. The links to the phone numbers for you to call, and for more information on this extremely important resolution, can be found on the Facebook group ‘H.R. 752, to end the dog meat trade‘. The link to the group, which you are encouraged to join, is here. The link to find the phone numbers in each state for you to call is here. In addition, hereis the link for the Representative’s staffers, in case the thought of contacting a member of Congress is overwhelming. Just call your Rep’s office and say, “my name is xxx, I live in xxx, and I want you to support H.R. 752”. It’s that simple.
Hollywood is also stepping up the fight, joining forces to support Marc Ching, Founder of The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, with an outstanding PSA. Mr. Ching, who is working in-country to close dog and cat slaughterhouses in China, has already shut down four of them. An emotionally and visually striking Public Service Announcement entitled “The Compassion Project”, was published on June 17. Produced and directed by Shaun Monson of ‘Earthlings’, it is supported by a cast of A-list celebrities including Matt Damon, Joaquin Phoenix, Bill Maher, Kristen Bell, Rooney and Kate Mara, Pamela Anderson, Alyssa Milano, Alicia Silverstone, Minnie Driver and many others.
You can help trend this important project on twitter by clicking here, and by using the hashtag #TheCompassionProject. You can join The Compassion Project by clicking here. In May, more than 100,000 people rallied in China to speak out against Yulin. Advocates in China want to stop this, but need help. Join their fight.
Thousands of animals this month will be boiled alive, have oil poured on them and set on fire, have their paws cut off and left to lie on the ground while they bleed out, hung by their necks, legs or tails till they die a slow painful death. Some of them were bred to die, some were once pets sold to the market and arrive still wearing their collars, some were stolen from yards and homes. To the consumers of dog and cat flesh, the more the animal suffers, the better it tastes. Watching the slaughter and hearing the screaming of the animals makes it all the more appetizing. All in the name of superstition and profit.
Congressman Hastings told this Examiner, “The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is an abomination. Dogs are skinned alive, burned alive, drowned, or beaten to death because of a twisted belief that torture makes the meat taste better. The festival itself was launched in 2009 to boost lagging dog meat sales. Throughout my career, I have advocated for the humane and ethical treatment of animals, and I don’t believe it is right for us to stay silent. My resolution, H. Res. 752, one of many animal welfare bills that I have authored since coming to Congress, condemns these horrific acts and calls on China to end this barbaric practice.”
There are many other heroes and heroines involved in this fight against abject cruelty, which doesn’t begin and end with Yulin. Koreans have Sambok/Boknal which means “Three hottest days for eating dog meats” to fight the heat during the summer. The dates are based on the lunar calendar and are coming up in July and August. It is said that 900,000 to a million dogs are slaughtered during this period out of 2 million dogs consumed per year.
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