On 30 April, animal welfare and protection groups in Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan staged protests urging the Chinese mainland government to implement an animal protection law.
We staged our own small protest, taking along one of our dog meat trade survivors, Ju Guo.
We are grateful for the support around the world for our animals in China. Thank you!
Educating youngsters about animal welfare and banning the dog and cat meat trade is very important. We thank all the good parents who allow us to photograph their children in various protests we perform.
Yesterday, June 1st, was Children's Day in China and in celebration, on May 28th, we, together with the Chengdu Loving Heart Charity Pet Hospital team, staged an education event with free rabies vaccinations for dog lovers' furry children. The theme was "Protect Animals, Cherish Life, Cherish the Earth!"
Our message was that the Earth is our common home so we must respect life because all life is equal! Animals are also flesh and blood and, like us, they have feelings! We also took the opportunity to talk about the Dog Meat Trade and how cruel and unnecessary it is. Your donations help towards these kinds of events. Education is the key to changing attitudes towards animals in China and beyond.
When we teach people about the dog meat trade there are lots of dog and cat lovers who want to know how they can help. We advise them to lobby the government to ban the trade and implement animal protection law but also urge them to report any dog meat for sale or any slaughtering facilities they know of. We explain that if they do this we can use the food saftey laws which don't include dog or cat meat to rescue any live dogs, confiscate carcasses and close down the slaughtering facilities. When the disheartened animal lover asks us how they can stop this, it means that they go away feeling empowered, armed with the knowledge that they really can make a difference in stopping the evil dog and cat meat trade which happens 24/7, 365 days a year.
Like on our animal welfare events, where we take along some dogs rescued from abandonment or cruelty, on our anti dog and cat eating events like this one we take along some of the dog meat trade survivors. Usually they are crossbreed dogs and we explain to people that crossbreeds can also be gentle and loving like purebreeds and deserve the love back. We also take purebreed survivors and this is important because many times we hear that only crossbreed or Chinese Rural Dogs are eaten for their meat. This is not true, we have rescued plenty of purebreed dogs from slaughter and this surprises people.
Leaflets which also explain the dangers of eating dog and cat meat were also given out.
The walkway into popular shops was where we set up this small education event so that we co0uld talk to people as they were walking past us. Our volunteers handed out leaflets to shoppers and passersby explaining about cruelty to animals and why eating dog and cat meat is not only cruel but a risk to their health.
We set up posters for people to see easily the photos and words and although it was only a small event we drew quite a lot of interest throughout the day and gave out a lot of leaflets.
In this education event we focused on teaching people about animal welfare and cruelty to animals. We took along some of the dogs from the shelter to show people that dogs are friendly and love to be talked to and stroked.
They are always a big crowd pleaser and they enjoy the day as much as we do because they get to meet new people in different surroundings.
We set up information points around the area we were holding the event so that we were easily on hand if anyone asked questions- and plenty did! We gave out leaflets to people to take home and read and asked them to pass what they had learned on to others. Local media also turned up and interviewed our founder, Du Yufeng.
It was a very well received event and we talked to a lot of people about the different diseases that can be prevented through vaccinating their dogs and explained that the cruel killing of dogs in various parts of the country could easily be prevented by local governments working with activists to vaccinate the stray dogs.
People are scared of rabies which is understandable so we explained that vaccinating their dogs will prevent both the dog and people from contracting it.
Our fight against the dog meat trade is an endless one so when we connect with young people it is very rewarding.
One of our student supporters, Joanna, in Singapore has joined forces with us.
For her final degree in Graphic Studies she chose a campaign to work on to highlight the dog meat trade.
She is calling it 'Don't Eat Dogs'
Joanna wants to target the tourists and visitors to China (and other countries where dog meat is offered) who are curious about eating dog meat and who might not know where the meat has been sourced from. Many times we hear that dog meat is no different to beef or pork, and while we ourselves eat no meat, we need to show people the torture that the dogs go through and the risks to the eaters' health so that a connection can be made.
Each poster is in Mandarin and includes our own slogan-
珍爱生命，保护动物，拒吃猫狗肉! (Cherish life, protect animals, refuse to eat cat and dog meat!)
Posters with English translations are given below the Mandarin version below each of Joanna's posters .
Joanna has also made a short video clip incorporating the scenarios used in the posters.
WARNING: There are no graphic scenes of slaughter, however, the video has strobe like flashing so could potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitivity epilepsy.
We hope that you will agree, Joanna's posters and video clip are straight to the point about the way in which dogs are stolen or sold from loving homes into the horrific dog meat trade.
We believe that education is the way forward in stopping the killing and eating of companion animals and hope that you share Joanna's work and tell people about this evil trade.
Thank you for your support.
Student teachers from Chuan Bei school joined us on our education event in the villages of Longtan Township. These students regularly come to volunteer at the shelter and take the dogs for walks and they take their knowledge back home with them to teach their families and friends and are also then equipped to learn the kindergarten children they are teaching and will teach in the future.
We all joined together before our journey into the villages to make the videos below for you to share and show people the compassionate young people in our country who advocate for animals rights.
When the videos were made, we (Ms Du and some of our volunteers) along with the students drove in different cars (thanks to volunteers who gave their time to drive us around) and headed in to the villages to educate the locals and check on their animals.
The day was a success with leaflets given out and questions answered but our message was clear. Dog and cat meat eating is not acceptable in any season but now that Winter is approaching we were particular to the idea that some people in China feel that eating dog meat in Winter keeps them warm. We told the villagers that dogs guard their houses all year long and in the Winter it is no different. Cats keep mice and rats away from their grain. They are loyal to humans and only require food, water and a safe and warm place to sleep. Why would we betray them by killing them brutally and then eating them only to replace them with another?
Our slogan is:
"Cherish life and protect animals, resist eating the cat and dog meat!"
During the Winter Solstice we performed an 'on the move' education event at Jialing Market. The time of year meant that there were lots of people about. Perfect for teaching them about animal welfare!
Our founder Du Yufeng and some of our volunteers took leaflets to different parts of the market, talking to people of all ages as they went about the different stalls.
They also pasted posters around the area to reinforce their messages.
While there, with the help of the police, they closed down a shop selling dog meat.
Our founder Du Yufeng and some of our volunteers visited a food market in Wangcang, handing out flyers and talking to stall owners about animal welfare, asking them to denounce the dog and cat meat trade.
While they were there they saw a man handing over a dog to a butcher. Du rushed to the butcher shop.
You can see the raid and rescue here.
We stage education events around our province, asking people to be more humane to animals. On this occasion we visited Lijiang in neighbouring Yunan Province to stage an anti fur education event.
Our founder Du Yufeng is behind the camera, handing out leaflets to the public while asking people to be more compassionate and not wear fur. She tells them that animals are skinned alive for their fur and that they only have one coat for the rest of their life compared to humans who have lots of different options.
We rely on your donations to help us stage these education events which are usually very well received.
While we were in Lijiang we helped our Buddhist monk friends to close a slaughterhouse and rescue dogs. You can see the rescue here.
Our founder Du Yufeng and some of our volunteers from our shelter traveled around local villages, teaching the residents about the importance of animal welfare. They provided free vaccinations for peoples' pets and handed out pet food.
The event was staged ultimately to teach the villagers about the importance of vaccinating their pets. Explaining that diseases such as Canine Distemper and Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating their pets, owners were eager to bring their pets out to be vaccinated.
Du also took the opportunity to hand education flyers out to the locals and also to the local police who were on the scene and eager to learn.
Our founder Du Yufeng and some of the volunteers from our shelter went out to a neighbouring town to educate young and old about the Dog & Cat Meat Trade. Explaining to animal lovers about the extreme cruelty involved in the trade, they also told them about the health dangers to humans from eating dog and cat meat.
Banners and posters were displayed around the campaign area and leaflets were given out to people.
Education about animal welfare is very important and our founder Du Yufeng regularly travels around with educational material and friendly dogs from our shelter. On this occasion she was in our city of Guangyuan, giving out leaflets and letting people stroke the dogs she had taken that day. All ages are welcome on these events but it is especially important when children are eager to learn because they are the future of animal welfare and they can take home what they have learned.
Du also talks about the dog and cat meat trade and how eating them is cruel and bad for the eater's health.
While we fight the dog and cat meat trade by rescuing and closing down stalls and shops, the only way the trade will end is through education.
Ahead of the Winter Solstice, our founder Du Yufeng launched a vigorous "anti-animal cruelty, refuse to eat cat & dog meat" education event.
The event was staged at a local farmers market where Du set up a stall from which she and some of our volunteers taught people about the topic. Reading materials were given out and a sense of fun was in the air to engage with the shoppers.
The event also had a serious side to it – to help to popularize dogs as companions, not to eat dog meat and to prevent their abuse ahead of the Winter Solstice.
Du hopes that people will respect the security that dogs give them and hopes that village leaders also understand that dogs are indispensable for not only security for every single family or a companion for a lonely old person but that they are living beings with feelings.
Education events like this one continue because of your donation.
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Our founder Du Yufeng took full advantage of the Cangxi Pear Festival by holding an education event there. The breathtaking scenery of the white pear tree flowers attracts tourists from around China, who are also treated to various pear dishes.
Du set up boards with posters on them showing why animal welfare is so important. She also gave out leaflets, stickers and calendars; all the while explaining that animals have feelings too and why companion animals should not be eaten.
The event was a success with large crowds gathering to hear Du and some of our volunteers talk about animal welfare and rights. Old and young were interested and eager to learn.
We rely on your donation to help us to continue to travel around and educate people and thank you for your support.
In 2013, at Chinese New Year, Du organised education events on busy shopping streets in Jiange. She gave out leaflets and calendars made by Animals Asia, ACTAsia and International Fund for Animal Welfare and taught people that cruelty to animals and eating dogs and cats is wrong.
Her message to the people of Jiange and beyond:-
“I hope everyone treats their pets well, they can be our loyal guards. Poultry, pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks & geese all give their precious lives so that some human beings can eat them. We, in raising them, must treat them right and respect them. Do not destroy them with cruel means, every life has dignity and hopes for peace and happiness. I hope everyone will cherish life and protect animals. Also refuse to wear fur!
I wish you and your animal friends a safe and healthy Happy New Year!”
To help us perform more education events and teach villagers and city dwellers the importance of animal welfare and not to eat the meat of companion animals, we rely on your donation.
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At Bo Ai, we believe education is the most powerful force to fight animal cruelty.
On 2nd November 2015, we along with Chuan Bei trainee kinder-garten teachers and
Guangyuan Buddhist practitioners jointly organised an educational event at Li Zhou Square in our city of Guangyuan to teach the young about kindness to animals.
Our founder, Du Yufeng took some of our dogs along to the event to meet people.
Our young volunteer Yang Zhe Dong was also at the event helping us with our presentation. He is a wonderful asset to our shelter and accompanied us to Yulin this year, protesting and helping to rescue dogs and cats.
To help us educate more people, young and old, we welcome your donation.
Thank you for your support.
Below are some of the posters used at the event.
Translation of each poster's title can be seen in full by clicking on each poster.
With winter approaching, it was a good time to stage education campaigns.
Our founder Du Yufeng and some of our volunteers took to giving out leaflets and showing people posters they had brought with them to dispel the myth that eating dog meat stimulates internal heat, making it a food that wards off winter’s cold.
They reminded everyone to look after their family dog and cherish it’s life. The protection of our animal friends was the main topic and listeners were asked not to let them out in case they were stolen for the dog meat trade.
Other events were given in the city's major squares of the 3 districts (Lizhou, Yuanba, Chaotian)and 4 counties (Wangcang, Qingchuan, Jiange, Cangxi).
Education events are held with your donation.
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There are no animal protection laws in China so we must do all we can to educate people about the dog and cat meat trade. You can help us stage more events by donating below.
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We believe the only way to stop the dog and cat meat trade and spread animal welfare is through education.
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