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Dogs have long been our loyal, constant, non-judgmental, affectionate companions, always there to lift our spirits. So when we learn that in China alone, 10 MILLION dogs and 4 MILLION cats are slaughtered for their meat every single year, we instantly want to put a stop to this abominable trade.

Thankfully, there are dedicated organisations and activists who speak and act tirelessly against the dog meat trade. If you’re looking for non-profit organisations to support in this fight, check out the ones below and join the effort.

1. Soi Dog Foundation 

ImageSoi Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to “improve the welfare of dogs and cats in Asia,” has been on the ground working to end the dog meat trade. In Thailand, the non-profit was successful in ending the trade, and now the organization is working on expanding their efforts to neighboring countries. Not only does Soi Dog work on implementing bans on the trade, the organization also rescues dogs from the industry and works to adopt them out to loving, forever families.

If you’d like to support Soi Dog in their noble mission to end the dog meat trade, click here to find out how you can help.

2. Humane Society International

ImageAs one of the most prominent animal welfare organizations, Humane Society International (HSI) has been on the forefront of ending the dog meat trade. HSI works to train officials to help improve the enforcement of laws, works with local partner groups on the ground to provide veterinary and shelter care for rescued animals, and works to raise global awareness of the suffering involved in the dog meat trade.

To find out more about HSI’s important work and how you can get involved, click here.

3. Animals Asia

Dog Meat TradeAnimals Asia, a non-profit organization based in Hong Kong, tackles the issue of the dog meat trade from multiple angles. Animals Asia provides funding and training to about 100 animal welfare groups in China who are on the ground rescuing dogs and cats from the trade. Animals Asia’s four-year undercover investigation into the dog meat industry in China uncovered no large-scale breeding facilities in the country, meaning that “meat dogs” are often companion animals stolen from their homes or stray dogs. Their investigation has further helped raise public awareness around this important issue.

For more information on Animals Asia work to end the dog meat trade, check out their website.

4. Change For Animals Foundation 

Screen Shot 2018 03 22 At 11 23 03 Am 2Change For Animals Foundation is a UK-based non-profit organization that works to end the dog meat trade in Asia, including in Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea, through celebrity and public awareness campaigns. Change For Animals has worked closely with HSI in closing multiple dog meat farms and helping to rescue hundreds of dogs from unfathomable conditions.

For more information on Change For Animals, check out their website and get involved in their mission!

5. Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE)

ImageFounded in 2002 by So Youn Park, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth is a South Korean animal rights organization that promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. As the largest animal rights organization in South Korea, the non-profit actively seeks to raise awareness on numerous issues, including the dog meat trade. The organization often hosts demonstrations and lobbies the South Korean government for improvements to animal welfare legislation.

For more information on Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, check out their website!

How You Can Help

Your contribution can be a donation to the organisation of your choice, holding a fundraiser, signing petitions, sharing articles and posts on your Facebook or Twitter, wearing a t-shirt around your city sporting an animal-friendly message and raising awareness. Your voice and your input matter. Together we can help save animal lives.

by Ekaterina Fields