NoToDogMeat is the official campaigning body of the UK registered charity 1154524, World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade.
NoToDogMeat was founded by lawyer and advocate Julia de Cadenet ,who first witnessed the horrors of the live meat markets in China in 2009. After lobbying for the rights of Korean Dogs, where one dog is slaughtered every 13 seconds and torture is commonplace, she realised the way forward to raise awareness and help bring about change was to start the Global Campaign NoToDogMeat.
The UK Charity and legal structure behind the NoToDogMeat campaign World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade, a first of its kind in the United Kingdom, was legally formed on May 24th 2013. Thanks to generous donors and sale of NoToDogMeat merchandise it was able to raise enough funds and secure a place on the Charity Commission Register in November 2013.
All donations go directly to the Registered Charity and are carefully spent (with only a small portion on running costs) . This ensures we fulfil our charity purpose. World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade (working name " NoToDogMeat Foundation") has been set up to prevent and suppress cruelty towards dogs and cats in the meat trade and to help fund rescue shelters. Link. One of our Trustees and a Founding Member, John Hughes is able to guide us with his long experience in running the Philippines Shelter Dogs Mountain.
The NoToDogMeat campaign was launched initially on social media in April 2013 by a core membership of like minded animal lovers with backgrounds in the legal field, veterinary science, journalism and running animal sanctuaries; all of them ready to share their skills and their love of man's best friend to make a difference. The campaign was an immediate success and on 18th May 2013 members and supporters took to the streets for the first World Awareness Day Against the Dog and Cat Meat Trade. Over 36 cities participated and this has now become an annual event.
Also in May 2013, NoToDogMeat took a short film on the dog meat trade entitled - “Hidden in the Land of Morning Calm - South Korea” to the Cannes Film Festival.
It was the first time ever the dog and cat meat trade had been fully exposed on such a global scale. Since then many more videos have been made to show the horrors that the dogs and cats are subjected to and we hope some of these documentaries will reach mainstream media.
NoToDogMeat now has hundreds of active members and supporters around the globe. Each and every one is invited to play a part in changing history, share skills and contribute to making a difference. No action is too small! NoToDogMeat encourages active campaigning from all members and supporters who seek to make difference for their beloved companion animals!
Being part of a people lead global movement means every chapter can act autonomously in its events organising and campaigning activities. They have the total support of the London Team volunteers and have full access to regularly updated free material on the website, available for download.
We respect cultural difference and pay tribute to the work of other groups. However, we appreciate that after 30 years of campaigning with little effect, it is time for a change of approach. Our challenge is huge and we are grateful to a growing number of Asian activists who have joined our cause:
In South Korea alone, over 2.5 Million dogs are consumed annually. Every summer, a two month long dog meat eating festival is takes place and up to 15,000 dogs and cats die each day. There is no regard to the universal five freedoms of each sentient being and what is really shocking is that torture and slaughter takes place in front of children.
In China this figure is close to 10 Million with dogs skinned alive, their fur then sold for cheap clothing. Dog meat festivals such as in Yulin are commonplace and there is no regard given to health or sanitation. Activists are frequently pushing for welfare laws to be created and enforced and our team is working on proposed draft legislation.
Koreans believe the more the animal suffers the better the meat tastes. This means dogs are beaten and blowtorched alive and cats are boiled to make soup and elixirs. There are literally pressure cooker kitchens for cats. This is so shocking especially when you consider that South Korea is the home of big electronic companies like Samsung, LEG and Hyundai.
In Thailand, pets are stolen or bought for a plastic bucket and then sold, trafficked into Vietnam for nearly $250 each where they await the most unspeakable torture.
And in Indonesia dogs are burnt alive in open markets just minutes from tourist attractions. The cruelty endemic in Asia and beyond has no place in the 21st century.
NoToDogMeat respects cultural differences but does not agree with the systematic torture of dogs and cats endure for food consumption. How can boiled puppy juice be the new viagra? How can dogs fed on rotting waste of packed tightly in cages, transported for hours without food or water be humane? This is not farming. It is (for the most part) an illegal, unregulated industry, run by criminal gangs and fuelled by greed. The cultural practice of deliberately making an animal suffer to alter the taste is not acceptable.
It is time for change and NoToDogMeat speaks with a united voice when it says #CrueltyisNotCool
If you would like to contact us or join us, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on + 44 207 873 2250 or connect with us on Skype @ NoToDogMeat
Petition sheets and correspondence can be sent to our registered address NTDM, 17 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PH.
The NoToDogMeat name and logo design has been registered at the UK Copyright service 286467404 and is a registered TradeMark TM 0003050643. Any other use that does not fit with our charity purpose or for material gain is strictly forbidden. Please refer to our terms and conditions.