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DEMAND China Stop Yulin Dog Meat Festival AND End the dog/cat meat trade!!

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RESOLUTION<br />
Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade.<br />
Whereas the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, was launched by dog meat traders during the period of 2009 to 2010 as a commercial enterprise to boost flagging sales of dog meat;<br />
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Whereas a reported 10,000 dogs are captured and slaughtered each year for the Dog Meat Festival, and more than 10,000,000 dogs are killed in China each year for the dog meat trade;<br />
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Whereas many of these dogs are stolen pets, still wearing collars when they reach the slaughterhouses;<br />
Whereas many dogs die during transport to the slaughterhouses after days or weeks without food or water, and others suffer illness and injury during transport, such as broken bones;<br />
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Whereas dogs who reach the slaughterhouses are typically beaten to death with shocking brutality, without any regard for their welfare;<br />
Whereas these dogs also suffer mentally from watching other dogs being killed, then disemboweled and blow-torched in front of them;<br />
Whereas respected animal welfare organizations have exposed the extreme suffering of dogs at the Dog Meat Festival and determined that such suffering would breach the animal welfare laws of the United States;<br />
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Whereas dog slaughter in Yulin happens in residential areas and public marketplaces, imposing scenes of extreme animal cruelty on local residents, including young children who may, as a result, suffer psychological trauma and desensitization;<br />
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Whereas the dog meat trade-- the capture, transport, and butchering of dogs and the consumption of dog meat-- poses a risk to human health by exposing people to a multitude of diseases, including rabies and cholera;<br />
Whereas dog meat traders sell meat from dogs who have died of poisoning by dog thieves or unknown causes or who have been slaughtered without the required vaccination and health records;<br />
Whereas the dog meat trade breaches China's food safety laws and regulations that ban processing and selling meat from livestock who have died of illnesses or unknown causes;<br />
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Whereas, in 2011, China's Agriculture Ministry issued a regulation to limit the illegal transport of dogs by requiring one certificate for one dog, applicable to any dog who is shipped across provincial boundaries;<br />
Whereas dog transporters are unable to produce one certificate for one dog because many of the animals are stolen pets or the certificates are too costly to provide;<br />
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Whereas, although the Yulin city government withdrew as a sponsor of the Dog Meat Festival, it has taken no meaningful action to enforce China's existing laws and regulations on animal disease control, food safety, trans-provincial dog transport, or youth protection, all of which are breached by the dog meat trade;<br />
Whereas millions of Chinese citizens recently voted in support of a legislative proposal by Zhen Xiaohe, a deputy to the National People's Congress of China, to ban the dog meat trade;<br />

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Sep 14th, 2017
Tammy G. from Logan, OH signed.
Sep 14th, 2017
Roberta L. from Burlington, MA writes:
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If you allow this to happen, what happens to those beautiful dogs..people in China will capture them and eat them..shame shame shame...
Sep 13th, 2017
Cary J. from Saginaw, MI writes:
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This must stop how can we as a nation sit by and do nothing?
Sep 13th, 2017
Michael T. from Hampton Bays, NY writes:
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This barbaric slaughter has no place in a civilized world
Sep 13th, 2017
Antoinette D. from Flemington, NJ writes:
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THIS MUST STOP!!!!
Sep 13th, 2017
Onishea A. from Lordsburg, NM writes:
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Please help stop the dog and cat meat trade.
Jul 31st, 2017
Carrie K. from Edwardsville, IL writes:
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There are more people that are against this sickening, despicable trade. Some people don't get involved because of the atrociousness and negative content, but they are albeit against it!! This must stop NOW! It has already gone on way longer than it should have!!
Mar 25th, 2017
Diane S. from Fiddletown, CA signed.
Mar 25th, 2017
Diane S. from Fiddletown, CA signed.
Mar 25th, 2017
Diane S. from Fiddletown, CA writes:
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Its inconceivable to me that wily members of Congress, who can speak for an hour to crowds, hoping to seek reelection or some favorable outcome, can't bother themselves to turn a merciful eye towards the thousands of animals who endure agonizing torture , before death, every day in Asian countries. This is not a 'cultural' thing. Dog Meat torturers, purveyors decided a Dog Eating Festival would be good promotion of their sadistic business! This needs at least a plea to say, your American constituents are set on stopping all trade to countries which do not have laws and enforcement against this barbaric trade. Show some mercy. You , who campaign with all kinds of gimmicks, can surely think of a way to approach this and show disdain for such demonic activity being continued. Please help.
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