Building Momentum: Charities and Celebrities Join Forces in the Call for British Politicians to Take Action Against the Dog Meat Trade
On the 28th January 2015, charities committed to ending the brutal dog meat trade- including ACPA’s founding members Change For Animals Foundation, Animals Asia, Humane Society International and Soi Dog Foundation- were represented at a meeting with Members of Parliament (MPs) at the House of Commons in London to discuss the trade that results in the suffering of tens of millions of dogs every year.
The wonderful Peter Egan and Dame Judi Dench lent their support in Parliament and added their voice to the call for action, marking a fantastic step forward for the international campaign to protect dogs from unimaginable cruelty.
Within 24 hours of the meeting, an unprecedented 136 MPs signed the Early Day Motion Letter (EDM) below:
We, the undersigned MP’s, hereby call upon the governments of Cambodia, China, Laos PDR, Indonesia, South Korea, The Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to take action to end the production, trade in, and slaughtering of dogs and cats for the purposes of meat and by-products.
In recognition of:
The mounting body of evidence linking the consumption of such meat to human health and disease transmission notably cholera and trichinellosis.
The universal acceptance that the uncontrolled movement of unvaccinated dogs is the main cause for the spread of rabies.
The increasing number of pet animals brutally stolen for the purpose of meat and skin production.
The significant impact the production of, trade in, slaughtering and consumption of dog and cat meat poses to animal welfare.
The increasing awareness of the suffering of fur bearing animals, including dogs and cats, whose skin and fur products are widely exported and sold.
There can be no excuse for the intolerable suffering and cruelty these animals are facing as a result of this trade. The time has come to end it.
At the meeting, Peter Egan presented on behalf of Change For Animals Foundation. A film of Peter’s full speech will soon be available but a copy of CFAF Lola Webber’s speech is available here >>
Watch a short video about the meeting here