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China Gets a Wake-Up Call with Animals Asia’s New ‘Say No to Cat and Dog Meat’ Campaign

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An estimated 5 million dogs are slaughtered for human consumption every year, according to Animal Asia. Kept in cramped, filthy, small wire cages with other dogs, these animals suffer from the moment they’re brought into the highly unregulated dog meat industry and as they exit it — often killed by electrocution, hanging or beatings.

In May, the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) was formed by Animals Asia, Change for Animals Foundation, Humane Society International and Soi Dog Foundation to end the dog meat trade in Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Now, Animals Asia is tackling the Chinese dog and cat trade with their newest advertisements focused on three themes, “Partner in Growth,” “Guardian,” and “Stray,” which advise Chinese consumers to “Be Healthy. Say No to Cat and Dog Meat.”

A total of 279 advertisements can now be found across China in train stations, bus stations and elevators in 14 major cities from Beijing to Shezhen.

The ads have already created quite a buzz on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, with over 3,000 shares in just the first 24 hours of posting, gaining a total of more than 20,000 shares to date.

The goal of the poster campaign is to inform the public about the health issues associated with consuming dog and cat meat and to “prompt people to re-evaluate why they’d eat animals they might otherwise consider friends not food,” as reported by Animals Asia.

“The truth is, if you eat dog or cat then you have no idea where that meat is coming from or how safe it is. We are still seeing many cats and dogs in China being abandoned and left to subsist on the streets, with many dying due to illness.  Stray dogs and cats, many of them from far healthy, are snatched from the streets and pets are still being stolen and taken to horrific meat markets,” said Animals Asia Dog and Cat Welfare Director Irene Feng.

With more knowledge about this issue, Animals Asia hopes the public will think twice about consuming cat and dog meat.

“The good news is that awareness is spreading. The reaction we have had from the public to the posters has been incredible as has been the willingness to further share the message. Make no mistake, animal welfare is now an increasingly high profile issue in China and the dog and cat meat industry is being held to account,” said Animals Asia founder Jill Robinson.

View a selection of posters from Animals Asia’s new ad campaign below and be sure to spread the word about the dog and cat meat trade by sharing this information on your social media pages and with your family and friends.

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Image source: Animals Asia

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6 comments on “China Gets a Wake-Up Call with Animals Asia’s New ‘Say No to Cat and Dog Meat’ Campaign”

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RobinaJamieson
17 Days ago

About time! Although I must say that the animal welfare actvists in China are doing a commendable job. When they learn of transports of dogs they intercept the drivers and buy the dogs from them. They have saved thousands of dogs this way. There are some terrific people in China taking a stand against this awful practice. Glad to know of this recent campaign.


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Karin MacCurrie
5 Months Ago

I truly hope this has the effect of turning the tide in this vile place. Hell on earth for animals......nothing in hell could be worse than what goes on in these meat markets. Truly evil. I am saddened that we have to appeal to them in terms of their health in respect of eating contaminated meat, I guess that's because appealing to their compassion is wasted energy.


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Nanette Valencia
5 Months Ago

I won't feel sorry for anyone who gets sick from dog and cat meat


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sonia tomter
5 Months Ago

please stop eating cats and dogs..its so wrong and not right


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Brenda SU
5 Months Ago

I agree and have not bought anything from Asian countries and will continue to spread the word.. It disgusts me, I won't even eat from a Asian restaurant! SHAME!!


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Darlene
5 Months Ago

This is not called for and those advertisements are just plain sickening.


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Joanne Kelly
5 Months Ago

good glad to see some action mahy be used for these poor animals who have not hurt anybody and deserve better treatment. Human kind are supposed to be designed to love honour and repsect. None of this happens to these animals and prehaps by these adverts asia and china may realise that people are sick and tired of the way they are and will not purchase anything from their country until animal welfare is taken seriously.


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