In 2011, the Jinhua Dog Meat Festival was banned after huge protests. And more and more advocates are invoking China's existing laws and regulations to expose dog meat traders who are engaging in criminal conduct by kidnapping pets. In 2014, 18 trucks bound for the slaughterhouses were stopped by activists and more than 8,000 dogs were rescued from their journeys to sure death.
A prominent Hong Kong businessman and artist, Mr. Genlin, has directed a documentary, "Eating Happiness," about the cruelty of the dog meat trade and the work of courageous Chinese to end it. I look forward to sharing details with you about the documentary when it is released soon.
As the most influential regional power, China occupies a strategic position in the global campaign against the dog meat trade. Its success in ending the dog meat trade has the potential to set off a chain reaction in the region.
"It is so important we be there to expose this horrendous cruelty," Adam argues. "We must send a message that hiding the killing in the dead of night will not bring an end to the protests against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Only an end to the festival can do that."