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Yulin 2023

Yulin -  in the Guangxi province, a  rural city in one of the less prosperous provinces of mainland China.   The city has become well known for holding an annual dog-eating event called ‘The Lycée and Dog Meat Festival ‘ since 2009. The annual event was initially promoted by dog meat traders and dog meat restaurants, in conjunction with local government as a tourism initiative to boost sales and increase revenue. 

Every year the  Yulin dog-eating festival sparks global fury & outrage with a strong outcry for its banishment. The Yulin dog meat festival is the most visible manifestation of a much larger year-round problem, which claims the lives of approximately ten million dogs and four million cats annually throughout China. 

Since 2014 the local Yulin government has denied having any involvement and refused to admit it is even an official event by  implying that it's only a small sub-section of Yulin’s population participates... How accurate is this ??

Each year the same footage from previous years gets recycled and reshared, making it difficult to get a true understanding of what it's currently like.

Until now.

Our team has arrived to document the truth during the month of June and of course, to save precious lives!

Trying to dilute the truth or spread contrary information only helps it to continue.

Most dogs there never get a second chance and their stories go untold. Staying silent won't make it stop, we need public pressure and outrage. We encourage our supporters to act in the manner they consider necessary, please donate and share our posts accordingly.

Please DONATE to help save innocent lives

Can you help support our life-saving work, to rescue animals from  Yulin 2023? Abandoned & stolen, dogs and cats in China fall prey to the very worst of humanity. We will find dogs trapped in rusty cages waiting in line to die. Dogs and cats are being sold in bags at markets like inanimate objects. While more dogs arrive, piled on trucks heading straight to slaughterhouses. 

Your kind contributions help us create transformations like this

Yulin Dog Meat Festival June 21st 2022


2 months of post rescue care, photos taken August 25th  2022


Their names are Ranger, Toby and Evie. All overcame distemper virus and pneumonia. Their recover took 45 days. 

Every day thousands of dogs and cats are slaughtered to supply the Chinese dog and cat meat trade.

Some people abuse the loyalty and trust freely given by 'man's best friend'.

Abandoned, stolen and abused, dogs fall victim to the darker side of human nature.

Even though The Chinese dog meat trade accounts for a 1/3 of the world's dog meat consumption there are no guidelines or regulations for how dogs are slaughtered. This isn't solely an animal welfare issue; it's also a food safety disaster.

Combating this barbaric practice is complex but by exposing the realities of this nefarious trade we can save lives, raise awareness and have reported findings to the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs. Where we are based in Northern China there is unfortunately much police corruption and the battle is very much uphill due to China having no animal protection laws (Aside from a narrow law protecting certain wildlife. 

We remove animals from imminent death and danger. We provide them with much-needed love, veterinary care, and sanctuary. Most of our beautiful residents are dogs rescued from slaughterhouses, meat markets, and local dog butchery yards. We also rescued dogs & cats from the notorious Yulin Dog Meat Festival last year.


How to help 

YOU can help make a difference to survivors of the dog meat trade. 

Sending a contribution online is a quick and easy way you can help. 

Every penny donated helps towards making life better for hundreds of dogs saved from slaughter each year.

Whatever you choose to give, your gift will help make a real difference and allow us to provide ongoing care for survivors of the dog meat trade.

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Our intention is to find our dogs loving new homes overseas where they can live the truly blessed lives they deserve.

We work in conjunction with other dog rescue groups in order to facilitate this. Covid has slowed down overseas adoptions but we are eager and committed to reinstating them now that China has recently (April 2023) lifted boarder restrictions.

Facts about the Chinese dog meat trade

China is the world's second-largest country by land area and the third-largest by total area after Russia and Canada covering approximately 9.6000,000 square kilometres. The population is a staggering  1.4 billion humans and it is estimated that 25000-30000 dogs are being slaughtered DAILY for food in China, the world's largest consumer of dog meat.  In a recent survey, 69% of Chinese claimed never to have eaten it at all, with over 50% of people saying it should be banned altogether. 

However, the problem can quickly be perceived as even more murky and troublesome. 

On 29th May 2020 – China's publication of a new National Catalogue of Livestock and Poultry Genetic Resources announced that dogs are no longer classifed as livestock and are instead recognised as companion animals. In theory, it should mean that dogs can't be reared as food animals and that dog meat cannot be commercially sold to the public.

Yet there has been no significant improvement since their classification was changed from Livestock to companion animals. Dogs and cats continue to be treated as livestock just as they were previously.

In China animal abuse is more rampant and without any condemnation or penalty due to a lack of animal protection laws (apart from one narrow law protecting certain wildlife.  

The slaughter of dogs in China is a brutal commercial enterprise in which 10 million dogs are mercilessly killed each year to supply restaurants and meat markets. Opportunistic criminal gangs will kidnap any dog they can get their hands on, whether it is a stray, street dog, or someone's beloved pet.

Dogs are rounded up and rammed into small wire cages, enduring long-distance journeys that can last for days. All without any food or water. 

One additional and frequently overlooked issue, that also fuels the dog meat trade is the inordinate amount of dog breeders that callously dump cast-off and surplus dogs at butchers and slaughterhouses. 

We have also personally witnessed Chinese people dropping off their pet dogs to slaughterhouse trucks that position themselves at local markets at the weekend.

Many people that consume dog meat believe that it has medicinal qualities and that it will make you internally stronger, increase libido, strengthen the immune system and even help to keep the body warm.

However, the industry's intrinsic cruelty is undeniable.

In large slaughterhouses, dogs are often clubbed with hard repetitive blows and fustigated before having their throats slit and being left to bleed to death. 

They are still moving as they struggle and fight until their very last breath. The handling is very aggressive, usually with metal tongs that grasp their fragile necks and toss them around like litter. 

Often they witness other dogs being brutally killed in front of them as they await their turn, paralyzed by fear they are then dragged to their deaths. 

There's no escape. 

Can you imagine the fear these defenceless animals experience?

In restaurants and smaller establishments inflicting torture before they are killed is a more common practice as the big slaughterhouses simply do not have time to do it. 

Repugnant practices of torture include boiling them alive, skinning them alive, stapling them down and cutting off their paws, tails, and ears,  gauging their eyes out, and sometimes they are even restrained and blow-torched alive. 

We will continue to rescue dogs from this cruel and macabre trade while simultaneously raising awareness of this barbaric industry.    

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