Editor’s Note: This story concerns a subject that The Bark has reported in the past that is heartbreaking – and frankly mystifying – to anyone who loves dogs. While we know that cultural practices and norms vary widely around the world, and that no culture has (or should have) the right to dictate another, we also feel it is appropriate to ensure humane treatment of animals in all cultures and in particular to call for an end to the global trade in dog meat.
No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB) prepares for the upcoming transport of 30 slaughterhounds from China to New York City. Most of these survivors are adopted or sponsored by families in the US, Canada, and the UK. This 501 (c) (3) nonprofit works with Chinese activists and volunteers to rescue dogs from death in certain parts of China and rehabilitate them for later adoption.
This trip follows the final transportation to NYC and Canada on February 15, 2021. The 29 dogs that arrived in the US had all been rescued from the controversial dog meat industry in certain Chinese cities where dogs are kept barbaric for conditions and for killed the consumption. While this practice is illegal in China, there is currently no legislation to protect dogs.
“There are no animal welfare laws in China,” says Jeffrey Beri, founder of the NDLB. “Sustainability is an important factor for the future of our planet. The ruthless slaughter of animals must come to an end. “
More than 230 dogs have been evacuated in the past three months. Volunteers and local Chinese activists in the two NDLB sanctuaries in China are working to vaccinate, treat, and rehabilitate these dogs, most of which have never experienced human kindness.
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“They are just so badly beaten, tortured and put in chicken cages,” says Beri. He believes the key to change is educating children about why dogs are our friends. He speaks often at schools in Yulin, China to teach young students that dogs are our companions. “Many of them have never touched a dog,” he says.
Yulin is the site of the annual (and terrifying) dog meat festival, where dogs and cats are tortured in cramped cages and eventually slaughtered for food. The next festival will take place in June.
In China, in addition to local volunteers and brave activists, the NDLB intercepts trucks destined for this festival and slaughterhouses. The dogs are never bought, says Beri, because “buying one dog kills 10 more”. Instead, the Allied Forces of the NDLB are demanding that truckers provide proper legal documentation, including health and quarantine certificates, for each dog, which they cannot do. Because the fines would exceed the dog’s cost, the traffickers eventually turned the animals over to activists.
Upcoming plans for the NDLB include opening a U.S. sanctuary, purchasing a charter plane to evacuate 500 dogs, and helping China introduce change through animal welfare laws.
“This is about the future of the planet and our children, that is who doesn’t leave dogs behind,” says Beri. “Activists, volunteers and allied forces are always leaders. We don’t believe in bringing armies; We believe in growing them. That is a sustainable solution. “
But even though the New York native has helped hundreds of dogs, he has to think about those he couldn’t save. “The dogs I can’t save are the dogs that chase me.”
The NDLB is currently looking for funds to make this work possible. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Click here to go to the NDLB donation page.