China currently has no Animal Protection Laws in place, though they have a drafted legislation, it has not yet passed into law and therefor is not being enforced country-wide. The 7th Annual Yulin Dog (and Cat) Meat Festival, is swiftly approaching in June. The truth is that we don’t know when the festival actually begins and ends. Wikipedia suggests that it happens on June 9th, but other sources say it happens on June 31st so for all we know it could be a month long festival of thousands of dogs, often being people’s stolen pets, brutally tortured, cooked alive, and ultimately murdered then eaten for “good luck” at this fledgling festival because the local people believe that the fear they subject the animals to makes their meat more tender, though there is no scientific data or proof of the concept, and the more meat that is consumed brings good fortune and prosperity to their families for the remainder of the year. This was first established in 2010 and I feel is important to state because it is a fairly new “festival” and so therefor it is not a tradition, which is another common mistaken belief.

If the Chinese Government indeed bans the gruesome activities of the festival, including but not limited to: dogs being hung and having their limbs removed while still alive, thrown alive into scalding pots of boiling water while leashed so they cannot escape, stapled alive to a wall where their eyes are then taken out so they cannot “see” what is being done to them, and other such macabre actions, the People’s Republic of China will become a world leader in the effort to save the lives of millions of animals worldwide that are unceremoniously slaughtered on a daily basis for purposes of human consumption and profit. I Stand With My Pack encourages the People’s Republic of China to take official measures to become a world leader, and encourages the United States of America, South Korea, and Vietnam, as well as all other countries around the world to follow suit.

Bringing the subject home, there are currently 44 states (with the exception of Virginia, California, Hawaii, New York, Georgia, and Michigan) in the United States of America that still legally condone the consumption of dogs and cats. This is unacceptable. I Stand With My Pack calls for each of these states to ban the sale, processing, purchase, and consumption of dog and cat meat products under the HR-1406 and HR-30, that we hope to be passed into legislation as soon as possible. Citizens of the United States can actively speak up about their ____ by texting the word ‘RESIST’ to 50409 and what will happen is they will receive a text back asking for their Full Name, and then their Zip Code, which will prompt a message that has their local Senator and Congressman to whom they can address; the ResistBot will then ask what they want to speak about and here is where people can voice their concerns about the rights of animals. The information is then collected and put into letter form addressing the point of contact (decision-maker in their region, who has the power to pass the laws) and is sent directly to the fax machine, which nicely sits there waiting for them to read with a time/date stamp. They can screen our calls and ignore our emails but ALL communication happens via the fax which is a copy of hard evidence, that they must interact with and see. Again text ‘RESIST’ to 50409 and follow the instructions.

People should also be aware of what is happening in South Korea because they will soon host the 2018 Olympics. The South Korean government has paid off local restaurants and businesses in PyeongChang to take down their Dog and Cat meat signs in order to hide from the foreign visitors the truth of what is happening there. If you are planning to visit for the Olympics please do your research and know what dog and cat is in Korean so you can avoid eating these animals during your stay. In addition to educating yourself, you can also take action by calling the Olympic Committee of South Korea at +011 82 33-249-3729 and ask for an English speaker to tell them that we know about what they are doing with the signs and they will likely pretend they don’t understand, but we have been told that they do.

I believe the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is a deplorable act of mass torture, and the gruesome murder and immoral consumption of thousands and thousands of dogs, not a festival of prosperity. That the Government of the People’s Republic of China is taking the steps it is should be acknowledged and encouraged, and will lead to China standing out as a leader among the world’s nations in setting laws and standards for the humane treatment of dogs and all animals worldwide. We urge China to continue down this path, and concurrently urge the United States of America to ban such practices both nationally and on a state-by-state basis. Similarly, we encourage the other nations of the world to adopt similar measures immediately. Following the courageous actions of Nepal, I Stand With My Pack looks to the future and aims to create a Dog and Cat appreciation festival here in the United States that will bring together people through compassion and love.

I Stand With My Pack will be meeting with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles to acknowledge China’s moral acts of leadership as this day of horror approaches.

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