This year 2020 has unquestionably been our toughest year since the shelter began in 2017. The current global health crisis has left no person untouched and we know that every one of you will be dealing with your own personal circumstances and challenges and as it rages on its becoming increasingly difficult to survive.
This year we battled on to keep improving the facilities with the goal of always giving the dogs and cats the best facility and care possible.
However this past month we have had some exponential veterinary costs and even though we have worked hard over the past 5 weeks to get those costs paid, the final hurdle is the enormous supply of food that has fell short this month. This emergency appeal is to fight for our survival as a rescue and get this next food order done for the next 4 weeks. We are asking on behalf of our animals that rely on the rescue community for their ongoing support.
Your gift of $1 , $5 , $10 today will allow us to order food for the next month towards animals that have survived the meat trade.
We are a non-profit animal rescue organisation located in Baicheng, northern China. Our work is driven by a passionate and dedicated love for all animals. We never discriminate on the basis of health, age or breed and promote compassion and love for all beings.
We remove animals from danger and provide them with much-needed love, veterinary care, and sanctuary. Most of our beautiful residents are dogs rescued from slaughterhouses, meat markets and local butchers but over the past 12 months, we have also saved cats, sheep, camels, foxes, horses, and donkeys from being slaughtered for their meat or skin.
In October 2018, after 6 months of hard work, we were able to open our brand new shelter.
We are proud to say that our new facility is one of the best shelters in China and we have optimized multiple areas to make life as wonderful as possible for our furry residents.
Our new facility includes 80 brand new indoor pens (each with tiled flooring) 10 outdoor pens, a grooming room, a medical room, a quarantine area with 40 individual pens, an outdoor doggy paddling pool, a new cat house, outdoor exercise areas and a room in which we manufacture our own kibble dog food (an estimated 400kilos per day.)
We are also intensely focused on further expansion, improvements, and exciting developments.
The Chinese Dog Meat Trade
China is the worlds 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 25% of the Chinese consume dog meat, with another 6.4 % claiming to have eaten it on occasion or by accident. 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. As it stands China has virtually no Legal dog slaughterhouses or legal dog farms, effectively meaning that although they are operating illegally the authorities have literally no interest in closing them down.
It is very a sad fact that there is currently not one single animal protection law that exists in China. Therefore animal abuse is more rampant and without any condemnation.
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, 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, paralysed by fear the are then dragged to their deaths.
There's no escape.
Can you imagine the fear these defenseless animals experience?
In restaurants and smaller establishments inflicting torture before they are killed is 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 contiune to rescue dogs from this cruel and macabre trade while simulateously raising awareness of this barbaric industry.