How a greyhound ended up on a wagon, bound for slaughter at Chinese dog meat market in Mudanjian, is somewhat of a mystery. If she had not been spotted among the other dogs stuffed into the cage on the cart, Hui Hui would have been boiled alive with 100 other dogs that day, her skin scorched to improve her palatability, and served up for human consumption. The people who partake in this practice believe that the worse the animal is tortured during slaughter, the more the meat's flavor is enhanced.
The Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project (DDAWP) is one of the organizations that saved Hui Hui, and the other dogs and cats, from slaughter that day, They are working every day to rescue these animals from torture and death. Today they posted on Facebook that there are encouraging signs that the dog meat trade in China may slowly be on it's way out, as more locals get involved in stopping that industry.
When the trucks bearing these animals are stopped and unloaded by activists, there have been occasions when people, who have had their pets stolen out of their yards by vendors and thieves, have been relieved to find, and reclaim, their lost pet.
Steven Anderson, the Chicago Coordinator of 4 Greyhound Racers (4GR), who works with Duo Duo, and Hui's shelter, the Tangshan City Small Animal Protection Association, the groups who saved this sweet girl and the 100 other dogs from certain death, explains that in China, greyhounds are generally used for hunting. There is the possibility she could have been sold to the dog meat market after being used for hunting or breeding. Hui Hui, which means Grey Grey, is not a puppy. She could have very well been someone's pet, as many of the dogs and cats that are slaughtered are pets, stolen from their owners.
Hui Hui's paw was injured, probably when she was shoved onto the cart. It may have been caught in the bars of the cage; she now needs major surgery to repair her tendon. 4GR is working very hard to get her to the U.S., where her leg can be properly treated. They have set up a GoFundMe page for her to make that happen; here is that link. Though they do have veterinary practices in China, her saviors believe her best chance for a successful surgery and rehabilitation is in the States, and will be flying her to Chicago, Illinois, where 4GR has its base of operations. Steven hopes that she will be fully rehabilitated there, and then be adopted out through their adoption program. Hui is the first greyhound pulled from China by 4GR. Here is their Facebook page, where you can find additional photos and updates..
Donations raised will go directly to 4GR to help with Hui Hui's costs and are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Any funds raised above the goal will be split between 4GR, DDAWP and Tangshan.
Per USDA regulations, 30 days prior to her transport, Hui will be fully vetted, with proof of all her vaccinations, including a rabies shot, and must be shown free of any contagious disease. They are looking towards a late summer/early fall transport, hoping to save on expenses by having someone travel with her from China to Chicago as "extra baggage," rather than the more expensive "cargo" designation.
Hui Hui, herself, has become famous in her own country. She has her own Facebook page. She is being featured in a Public Service Announcement that is part of a series started by a local station in China to educate moviegoers about animal welfare. The PSA is being shown in Chinese movie theaters prior to the featured movie.
Duo Duo, one of the other groups who helped save Hui, is named for a small mixed breed that was rescued from mainland China in 2012. Duo Duo was bought for $10.00 by a veterinarian school, used for surgical procedure practice, and then would have been sold to a dog vendor for dog meat afterwards. After her surgery, Duo Duo was left neglected, in a filthy backroom of the school. The person who had the key to the room left town without even thinking about her and forgot to leave the key behind. By accident, a woman named Andrea found Duo Duo alone, abandoned, and hungry. She started feeding Duo Duo through a small window.
Her story caught the eye of many on social media, and the small dog eventually found her way to freedom and a new life in the U.S. Duo Duo's goal is to educate the American public about animal issues in Taiwan and mainland China, work with animal welfare advocates in those countries, and create an environment in Taiwan and mainland China where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect that they rightfully deserve.
Though the Yulin dog meat festival has concluded, the work by animal activists in those countries and across the globe never stops. Here is a crowdrise link to donate to Duo Duo's cause. There is a very strong community of animal activists in Santa Clara, California, and in San Jose, on July 21, at 6:30 PM, Andrea Gung, Founder and Director of DDWAP, will report to the group on her trip to China for the recent Yulin Dog Meat Festival. If you happen to live in that area, here is the link for details, or you can email email@example.com for the exact address and free parking details. If you're not in the area, please use that link to find out if there is an event scheduled near you.
Another group, based in China, is also working to end the dog meat trade. Their name is Together for Animals In China, and you can find their link here, including suggestions on how you can get involved.
Here is the listing of available contact information for the organizations mentioned in this story.
PO Box 2712
Crystal Lake, IL 60039
Phone: (815) 501-3533
Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project
1030 E. El Camino Real #302
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Tel: 408-220-5407 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
World Animal Issues Examiner has extensively covered the dog meat "festival" in Yulin, China, here, and the Sambok/Boknal dog meat "festival" in Seoul, South Korea, here. Sambok/Boknal is still going on this month, and will continue through the beginning of August. Recently, activists against this inhumane torture and mutilation of stolen dogs and cats were beaten by restaurant owners while protesting in the market area.
As usual, no arrests were made, and authorities in that city looked the other way. If you'd like to get involved in the efforts of SaveKoreanDogs, here is their webpage.
Keeping your eyes closed to the horror won't make it stop. Claiming that it is "traditional", or that "westerner's don't understand" bears no merit to explain away this purposeful torture of animals. Comparing it to factory farming in other countries, including the U.S., has no bearing on this particular issue, and only serves to deflect the horror of this situation.
Organized groups in the U.S. are taking notice and speaking out. July 13, there was a rally, organized by Animals' Battalion, held outside the Korean Consulate General office in New York. Guardians of Rescue, International, (GoR) was one of the groups who attended that event.
It is only through the dedication of advocates and individuals, who are standing up for animals across the world, getting involved, informed and working to end this practice in countries like China and South Korea, that one day we will may able to put an "out of business" sign on every restaurant that caters to the dog-and-cat-meat trade, world-wide.