years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
Animals Asia hopes that by promoting love and respect for companion animals like dogs and cats, all animals will benefit. In an ideal world, everyone would be vegetarian, but we need to start somewhere and what better place to start than with dogs and cats that are increasingly being seen as family members in Asia?
Culture and tradition should not be an excuse for cruelty. Just because a practice is part of a culture does not make it morally acceptable and many practices such as slavery, which were once seen as a basic right, are now widely accepted as barbaric.
There is no scientific evidence to support claims that dog meat can improve blood flow and "chi", enhance male virility, promote kidney function and aid digestion. Dog meat is proven to be no more nutritious than pork or chicken.
Recent research into rheumatoid arthritis has proven that cat meat has no benefits the treatment of arthritis.
A great number of dogs seen in the markets have collars on - an indication that they may have once been someone's pet. The argument that there are two types of dog - "pets" and "meat", is redundant as pure breeds and pets are seen for sale as meat in the markets. It is believed that a large portion of the cats seen in the markets are also stolen pets.
No government in any country has devised a way of killing dogs or cats humanely for commercial purposes.
A Hong Kong Government Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department Veterinary representative has stated that dogs cannot be humanely raised and slaughtered for food.
Humans have historically never kept carnivores as livestock animals, partly because of the difficulty in raising them and perhaps also because of the increased risk of disease that can be transmitted from animal to human.
Regulating the trade would provide only a superficial solution and give dog and cat eating a façade of respectability, while allowing the suffering to continue behind closed doors.