The Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project (DDAWP) is asking for your help this week, and have launched a new campaign with this video, which some may find very disturbing. No matter where you live, you can add your voice to their upcoming rally to end China’s brutal dog and cat meat trade. On September 26, in San Francisco, California, Duo Duo will be hosting a rally in Union Square. Even if you do not live in that area, please still sign a petition though this link, urging California’s Governor Jerry Brown to enforce the existing Chinese laws and stop the vile dog and cat meat trade.
The reason that Duo Duo has selected San Francisco as the focus city for this event is because California is the only state that has an official ‘sister state/province relationship’ with Guangdong, China. In September, 2014, Governor Brown signed this agreement, following his visit to that province in 2013. The agreement pledged to strengthen ties with the province on trade, technological innovation, clean energy, low carbon development, education and tourism.
Though Yulin, China, has become synonymous with the heinous ‘Dog Meat Festival’, held there every year, according to Duo Duo, California’s ‘sister state’ of Guangdong is known as the ‘dog eating capital’ of China. According to Duo Duo, Guangdong has the largest dog meat distribution center in China. A lot of Yulin’s dog meat is shipped from Guangdong. That province accounts for 40% of the dog meat trade and 70% of the cat meat trade in China. That’s about 4 million dogs and 2 million cats, many of them stolen pets!
Some Cantonese believe many myths involving the benefits derived from consuming dog and cat meat, including the absurd notion held by some men in that country that eating dog penis and testes will increase virility and cure impotence. As winter approaches, dog meat consumption doubles in Guangdong due to yet another myth; that its consumption will make you healthier during the flu season.
Duo Duo is asking the public to apply more pressure on Guangdong Governor to stop this cruelty. By signing thepetition and/or attending the rally, you can show Governor Brown that Californians care about their sister state’s treatment of their dogs and cats, as do people from all over the globe. As defined by the sister state agreement, the two states can engage in dialog in all matters concerning tourism, commerce, and cultural exchange. Should it be allowed to continue, the brutality of the dog and cat meat trade will adversely affect and damage these components of the agreement.
There are additional ways to help. You can email Governor Brown and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, through the links provided here. This has the most impact. You can call Governor Brown’s office, at 916.445.2841. You can send Governor Brown a letter:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
If you live in California, you can use this link to find the names and contact information for your Senators and Representatives; please call and email them. Here is a suggested message to legislatures:
California should not be a sister state to any province that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Guangdong’s Governor, Mr. Zhu XiaoDan, to close down all illegal dog and cat slaughterhouses, markets, truckers and restaurants who serve their products.
Your Name & Address
Andrea Gung, founder of DDAWP, tells Examiner that, “shutting down Guangdong will close down the center of dog meat distribution, block the dog meat supply chain, and will deal a fatal blow to the Yulin festival.”
The rally will be held in Union Square, in San Francisco, at 11:00 am on September 26. If you can attend, please bring the entire family, including your dogs, to show your support for those who cannot speak. You can be the voice for those dogs and cats overseas, who spend their lives in tiny dark cages awaiting their own brutal torture and eventual murder. There will be a short march followed by speakers and presenters. There will also be kids’ activities including coloring a picture of Duo Duo’s mascot to send to Governor Brown, making dog and cat toys to send to shelters in Guangdong, and writing thank you notes to our sister state’s brave activists.
A photographer will be on-site to take pictures of supporters with Duo Duo, DDAWP’s mascot, and Andrea Gung will be available to answer questions and let you know how you can help dogs like Duo Duo escape a brutal fate. DDAWP has a number of programs, should you wish to get involved, including education, fostering, legislation and spay/neuter. You can find more information on these projects here.