The Meat Trade
The dog meat trade is the most serious animal welfare issue in China. It is estimated that every year 10 million dogs are brutally killed in China for meat. Dog meat traders snatch animals from the streets, steal pets from backyards or buy them from owners in order to make a profit. Dogs are crammed onto trucks, endure dehydration, starvation, exposure to extreme cold and heat, broken limbs, shock and disease. Should they survive that they face shocking and cruel methods used to kill them. Dogs are regularly blow-torched and boiled alive. Others are beaten, clubbed, skinned alive or stabbed in front of other terrified dogs. They believe the intense fear these animals experience while tortured releases adrenaline to make the meat taste better. There is even a festival in China that celebrates eating dogs. The "Yulin Dog Meat Festival", occurs annually in June and lasts 10 days. Yulin has become symbolic with the dog meat trade, but in reality dogs are butchered and consumed throughout China all year. Yulin dog meat festival actually just represents probably less than 0.01% of the Chinese dog meat trade as a whole. Saving Harbin Dogs is committed to helping educate and raise awareness of the extreme animal cruelty these dogs face in the hope that the dog meat trade comes to an end. Until then we will strive to give a new life of love and happiness to as many of these victims as we can.