Millions of live wild animals are being legally imported into the UK from hot spots of emerging diseases , risking the spread of lethal viruses , researchers have discovered.
China could finally ban the eating of dog meat ahead of the barbaric Yulin Festival (Image: GETTY) China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has officially announced dogs are pets and not livestock (Image: GETTY)Animal charity Humane Society International (HSI) welcomed the decision and called for an end to the Yulin Festival.
Dogs in China’s live animal markets are often stolen as pets or snatched off the streets as strays (Picture: Reuters)A city in China has made history by becoming the first authority in the mainland to ban the consumption and production of dog and cat meat.
Shenzhen is set to become the first city in mainland China to ban the eating of dogs and cats, if a draft regulation released by the municipal government in a wider push to restrict the consumption of wild animals is approved.
Evie’s owners bought her on Christmas Eve and she was rushed to hospital the next day (Picture: Dog’s Trust) She contracted the fatal parvo virus as a result of the conditions she was kept in (Picture: Dogs Trust)They gave the example of Sarah, who thought she would be getting well-bred dog from a happy home when she saw the advert for Evie.
Many dogs are hanged from trees as a cheap method of slaughter (Picture: AFP/Getty Images) Former restaurant owner Khieu Chan watches Four Paws team members rescue dogs from a facility in Takeo province (Picture: AFP/Getty Images) A woman prepares dog meat for customers at a slaughterhouse in Siem Reap (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Four Paws initially met with the owner of the slaughterhouse who said he was desperate to get out of the business.
A beach-goer sits with his dogs as he enjoys the sunshine by the sea in Camber Sands in Sussex (Picture AFP/Getty)The laws banning dogs were introduced on the beaches Porthgwidden, Porthminster, Porthmeor and Carbis Bay seven years ago by the town council.
Hundreds of dogs will be beaten to death each day throughout the ‘brutal event’ (Picture: Chinatopix)As China’s notorious Yulin annual dog meat festival gets underway an animal charity has demanded the ‘unspeakably cruel trade’ be outlawed.
Chinese animal activists found 62 dogs in a backstreet slaughterhouse in Yulin (Image: HSI) The terrified pooches were dehydrated, malnourished and some showed signs of sickness (Image: HSI) It comes in the run-up to the annual dog meat festival, which kicks off on Friday (Image: HSI)Many are strays picked up from the streets but others are stolen pets.
The pets arrive on trucks at the factory in Surakarta (Picture: DMFI) Many don’t survive the journey to the factory (Picture: DMFI) Over 80 restaurants in Java openly advertise selling the meat (Picture: DMFI)‘They are then taken to filthy slaughterhouses where they watch other being slaughtered as they wait their turn, trebling in fear.
We saw they had started a project rescuing dogs from the Chinese dog meat trade, so I contacted them and was surprised to find out they had a golden retriever. She said: ‘We would just like to raise awareness of the dog meat trade and rescuing and urge people to adopt instead of buying dogs.
Smuggled beagle puppy being checked after being seized at port (Image: RSPCA )The RSPCA says greater border security could thwart smugglers trafficking thousands of puppies into the UK every year – many too young and sick to be sold legally to families.
One small step for rescued Javan loris takes it back to the wild (Image: International Animal Rescue) Conservationists released 65 critically endangered Javan slow lorises back to the trees after rescuing them from poachers.
Dog Meat-Free Indonesia, which lobbies authorities to pass and police laws and regulations against the trade, says there are growing concerns for animal welfare in the country.