Our founder Du Yufeng has been awarded the gold award and been presented with a cheque for US$100,000 by World Dog Alliance (WDA) in Hong Kong because of her continuing commitment fighting the Yulin Dog Meat Festival since 2012. She was the first one to bring this barbaric practice to the attention of the world and she has been there to protest and rescue dogs and cats every year since.
WDA was founded by Mr Peng (the man in the photo presenting Du with the cheque). Mr Peng is a well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist and he founded WDA in 2014 with the objective to advocate for legislation to ban dog eating in China, Vietnam and South Korea.
Mr Peng also self funded a full length documentary called "Eating Happiness" which features Du. Mr Peng says dogs gets happy with simple things which also bring us happiness. The documentary will be released on 2nd October 2015. You can see the trailer here.
Our founder Du Yufeng travelled to Shenzhen to attend the 5th Companion Animal Symposium, organised by Animals Asia in May 2015.
Chinese and foreign animal welfare groups attended the 3 day conference to discuss aspects of companion animal welfare, rabies prevention and how best to control it.
Circled from left to right are Animals Asia founder Jill Robinson, HSI's Peter Li and Du.
Our founder Du Yufeng joined other animal shelter directors at the World Dog Alliance Conference at the University of Hong Kong in December 2014. One of the topics was the Dog Meat Trade and how to bring an end to it. Other topics covered were general animal welfare, education and bringing what the directors know and learned to the general public, advocating neutering and vaccinating and promoting adopting over buying.
In June 2011, the Asia For Animals conference came to mainland China for the first time. Our founder Du Yufeng represented Bo Ai Animal Protection Centre Of Guangyuan and she, among others, spoke about the need for an Animal Protection Law to be enforced in China.
Animals Asia (the hosts of the conference) founder, Jill Robinson, in her opening remarks, said, "The fundamental right of all creatures is to live and die in peace." She reminded us that "the work we all do is emotionally draining at times, so it"s important to smile. It"s up to us to give animals the best and loudest voices we can."
Several international animal groups sponsored the 2011 AFA Conference. The significance of holding the AfA Conference on mainland China for the first time was a common theme in opening remarks.
380 delegates attended the conference from 25 countries.
Bo Ai Centre was one of two animal welfare groups in China to become the first to receive global recognition for their work, at an animal welfare conference which took place in May 2011 in Orlando.
It is also the first time that the Animal Care Expo, organized by the US-based Humane Society International (HSI), has awarded field workers from the Chinese mainland in its 20-year history.
Our founder, Du, was nominated for her "outstanding achievement" in fighting animal cruelty among the rural populace in her city, Guangyuan.
The other Chinese activist to win an award was Xiao Bing, from Xiamen in China's southeastern province of Fujian. He was awarded with the title of "humane educator" for spreading the idea of animal protection to primary and middle-school students.
Both categories were newly introduced by HSI to honour groups and individuals who have worked in communities where support for and understanding of animal rights are sometimes scarce.
"The idea is to recognize the work of animal protection groups and individuals in China,” said HSI China policy specialist Peter Li, who proposed the new categories for 2011’s Animal Care Expo awards. "China’s success in animal protection will be of global significance,” he said. "If China does well, that’ll set examples for many countries that look to China for its development mode. China should show the developing countries that development is more than economic growth but a balanced social transform."
The Animal Care Expo has traditionally given out titles such as "Lifetime Achievement in Animal Protection" and "Animal Advocate." Up to now, no Chinese have received either.
Another criterion for the awards is government relationship, Li said. Du and the other award winner have worked with the local authorities to advance animal welfare in their communities, an approach that HSI prefers for its China strategy to any more confrontational modes.
"Animal welfare is not a Western notion," he said. "People throughout the world can share the same connections with animals, and we want to nourish this notion in China and everywhere in the world."
Bo Ai Animal ProtectionCentre Of Guangyuan