‘Doga’ is a form of yoga you practice with your dog recently introduced to the UK by Mahny Djahanguiri, the idea being to bond with your dog through a series of breathing and tantric exercises. Mahny’s Doga classes have appeared in the tv show Made in Chelsea and also in the press and other tv shows.
Mahny was invited to Indonesia in June to introduce Doga to a growing dog loving population. It was then she went to Bali and saw dogs rescued from the meat trade and has helped raise funds for activists there.
Over the period of this year’s ‘Yulin Festival’ Mahny has held a NoToDogMeat event on the 19th of June which she has declared to be International Doga Day – the 21st of June happens to be International Yoga Day. Mahny also decided to spend 3 days – the 20th, 21st and 22nd June – outside the Chinese Embassy in London with her dog Robbie in a lone silent protest and vigil for the dogs of Yulin.
Mahny’s classes run in Camden Town 11-12.30 midday. To book a space click here visit http://www.dogamahny.co.uk/ .
Thank you Mahny for contributing to the fight for the dogs of the meat trade.
Oliver was packed tightly in a truck bound for slaughter in the 40 degree heat which was intercepted as part of the #808 Tangshan rescue last year – a truck exactly like the ones who traffic the desperate strays and stolen pets to be slaughtered in Yulin. Often the stand off takes days and while activists and rescuers plead with the police to release the dogs many die from dehydration, too weak to continue. Disease is rife and in Oliver’s case although he tested negative for distemper he had a very serious chest infection and his own coughs could have broken his bones.
In the holding yard, Julia immediately bonded with Oliver, he was so gentle and sweet and despite his matted fur he weighed just a few kilos. It has taken months of care and treatment for him to regain his strength and but now he is a completely different dog to look at and ready to travel to his forever home in Europe.
Right now he is on a flight to Holland. At times like this we know we have truly saved one and not just left him in a yard ‘rescued but forgotten’ which makes our fight seem all the more worthwhile. NoToDogMeat Foundation takes each individual rescued dog seriously and we are pledge to stick with each of our dogs and cats to the end. This means we provide regular follow up with the yards who take them in and ensure they and their fellow rescued dogs receive high quality nutrition, vaccinations and love. Our long term plan to fund veterinary trucks, help improve small shelter conditions and to eradicate air-born virus relies on generous donations from people like yourself. Over the next few weeks we will show you how previous donations have been spent and offer you the chance to help care for the daily needs and offer forever homes to the lucky ones. Unpaid activists who stop trucks on the highway are real unsung heroes. We are here to empower them
After four years of actively campaigning against the dog and cat meat trade in Asia the whole world finally knows not just about Yulin but the barbaric way dogs and cats are brutalised for food and fur. Amazing Actors such as Orlando Bloom and Ricky Gervais have said ‘NoToDogMeat’ and although this year’s festival will still take place, we all hope it will be much smaller with tighter controls. Michael Tien, Hong Kong deputy to China’s legislature met with mainland officials and emphasised the issue of food safety, adding public inhumane slaughter was unacceptable. This will not mean the end of Yulin immediately but huge strides have been made.
In a few weeks Julia will be able update first hand on her own visit to the region but for now we can be encouraged by Oliver’s story rescued from a truck and on his way to his forever home. Just look how well he has done.
Over the last week the World has spoken out with a collective voice against the dog and cat meat trade. 11 million Signatures were collected and MP Robert Flello visited the Chinese embassy in person to try and deliver it and the same petition was handed to the authorities in China.
Yesterday NoToDogMeat UK held another demo outside the Chinese Embassy, Portland Place, London and this year we were able to bring our very own dog meat trade survivor Camille to protest with us. We were also joined by around 50 supporters and a reporter from the BBC. Passers by offered their support too.
NoToDogMeat USA, France and Mexico have also joined in the worldwide protest outside Chinese embassies.
International and local groups are on the ground in and around Yulin, stopping trucks, closing down slaughterhouses and alleviating suffering. And let’s not forget the activists throughout China who continue to stop trucks bound for slaughter.
This is a proud moment for the NoToDogMeat Foundation who started the global ‘say no to dog meat movement’ 4 years ago and were the first on the streets saying ‘No More Yulin Angels’.
We have been working to make sure rescuers have the equipment and support they need to save dogs and the ongoing support and care they need to find loving forever homes and change the hearts and minds of a society to accept that Cruelty is Not Cool.
We really want to thank you for all your kind support and ask you to continue donating to help the brave activists whose work will continue for many years to come.
We won’t stop until this ends and we can only do this empowering activists and rescuers on the ground with your help.
Other ways you can be involved.
NoToDogMeat USA, LA two days ago.
For the last three years NoToDogMeat has been helping grassroots activists in
South Korea, China and Indonesia. We believe such activists will be the main engine for change in these countries and are encouraged to see the passion and dedication of an emerging number of such people.
Your donations to NoToDogMeat have been helping to :
- provide education and campaign material
- push for animal welfare laws and close legal loopholes
- lobby on their behalf in Governments
- facilitate rescue and rehoming of dogs saved from the cruel meat trade
In 2012 we started a petition to close the gruesome Moran Meat Market
in South Korea and in 2013 our official letter was presented to President Park Geun-hye during her state visit to London. In 2015 the issue of the dog meat tradewas debated in UK parliament and our charity officially thanked for its work.
Last year donors generously donated to help further our work in South Korea
Here is how some of the money has been spent in just the last few weeks:
- regular street stall campaigning in Seoul with our local partners at Cheongnyangni Station Square
- visits to Moran market in Seongnam to investigate the cruelty and slaughter, gain footage and speak directly to traders
- setting up a stray cat feeding point and organising a trap, neuter and release program for them
- rescuing four dogs needing urgent medical treatment.
We will be providing continued regular support in the months leading up to Bok Nal and are supporting other activists who are protesting the new cloning facility.
On May 24th 2016, our UK Charity 1154524 will be three years old. We are also a fully registered 503(c)(1) in the USA. As many of you know a charity normally considers re-appointment of trustees annually, and after spending two rewarding years with us Robert Donkers will now resign. All trustees are unpaid volunteers and with our growth to share the workload we will be appointing two new trustees in due course. This will allow us to respond to queries that are raised directly with the charity more efficiently. We would like to thank Robert for his time and for his ongoing support confirming his belief in our charity to make real change.
In August 2015, Robert Donkers sadly was a key eye witness to the horrific animal abuse caused by the Chinese lady Mrs Yang. He can formally confirm her failure to use monies sent to her in good faith and that she did not use this money save dogs and cats from Yulin. He can formally confirm despite polite requests she was unable to show him or any of our team a single dog or cat she had rescued from Yulin 2015. As Robert is an experienced charity trustee and a former CEO of Elephant Family he was able to guide our charity by his experience and we respected and supported his personal decision as a trustee to not work with her anymore.
As a former employed CEO Robert had a very clear understanding of charity commission guidelines and of charity law. This law confirms when a fundraiser reaches its target and is sent to the recipient but then can no longer be applied for the purpose intended the fundraiser is classed as part failed. The remaining funds are legally classed as surplus and can be used for a similar purpose that being to save dogs from the meat trade and to save dogs from being eaten at Yulin. We know there have been misleading and inaccurate reports which have deliberately misquoted the charity law of England and Wales, so we hope this explanation removes all doubt.We remain 100 percent committed to using surplus funds to helping rescue dogs from the meat trade and as donors pledged to ‘stop a dog being eaten at Yulin’.
We really appreciated having Robert on hand to guide our charity during this difficult time and to help us liaise with the charity commission. Robert has kindly agreed to remain on hand should any further questions arise.
We really hope though, as does Robert, that now this matter is closed we can all move on to genuinely saving dogs and working to end the dog meat trade. We look forward to publishing good news on our own rescues.
Robert has formally confirmed he would still like to fundraise for our charity as well as other animal causes close to his heart and we are appreciative. We would personally like to thank him for his previous walks which helped fund our recent campaign in Korea. He also led an education programme to Indonesia, travelling there last year to represent the charity and will publish details of this trip in the coming months.
We are all really proud of our collective achievements and our CEO will soon be back in the UK with dogs she has personally rescued from China.
This notification is by way of information only and all questions to the charity need to be addressed directly by phoning 0207 873 2250 or emailing email@example.com. It has been the charity’s written policy from 2013 not to respond via social media which is used for campaign and general information purposes only.
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Camille is a little Pekingese-mix dog with saucer-huge brown eyes. Gentle and kind, he was obviously someone’s pet for the first few years of his life. Pekingese dogs are a firmly established part of Chinese heritage dating back to the time of the emperors – beloved companions of their masters and revered in the palaces. How, in August 2015, he came to be in a cage on the back of a truck bound for slaughter, with over 300 other dogs big and small, we will never know.
Was he stolen? Or was he sold into the dog meat trade – a cruel industry where over 10 million dogs and cats each year are brutally tortured for food and fur?
NoToDogMeat is our UK charity founded in 2013 with the special aim of rescuing dogs from the dog meat trade and ultimately to completely end the trade along with its inescapable cruelty. Last year in August I visited China again and was accompanied by our charity trustee Robert Donkers.
In China activists have been recording each rescue as a number derived from the date it occurs – for example #710 is 10th of July. In 2015, rescues #809 and #816 happened days apart in the scorching summer heat of Beijing. This meant volunteer resources and temporary holding yards for housing the rescued dogs were stretched to the limit.
These yards – which are rented on a short-term basis – have to be stocked with necessary medical supplies and partitioned with makeshift fencing to separate large from small dogs and males from females. Volunteers sleep outside keeping watch over the severely dehydrated and often injured dogs by flashlight, to make sure they are not stolen by angry traders keen to recover their merchandise.
Despite the basic conditions and apparent chaos there is great camaraderie among these Chinese activists. Many of them are students and young professionals wanting to make a difference. This was the scene Robert and I encountered in the early hours of the morning as we arrived at the first base to help with the #816 survivors during our trip to China last year.
Our visit later that day to #809 yard near Daxing another hour away was particularly heartbreaking as it was feared distemper had broken out meaning the entire rescue could be in vain. Knowing how hard the activists had worked to secure release of these poor souls – packed tightly in cages on their way to slaughter – we needed to do more than just help out on the ground. We needed to find a way to move at least some of the dogs to safety.
Activists appealed to all shelters and to us to help them divide up the hundreds of rescued dogs and we agreed to help fund the much needed vaccinations and immediate medical needs of over 140 of them. These dogs were entrusted to Mr Zhao, a kind-hearted rescuer who has devoted his life to saving dogs and lives with his wife in two small rooms at his own yard north of Beijing. It was at this shelter two days later in the sunshine I am pictured saying hello to Camille again – this time without the cage.
At their new ‘home’ (for the time-being), the sickest of the dogs had been marked on the head in purple – signifying they had tested positive with distemper. It was sad being with them in the yard, seeing their fur matted, mostly skin and bone, yet still so friendly and trusting. Many of the dogs – especially the larger ones – could barely move as disease raged through them. As a small charity with only the beginnings of an international adoption process in place we knew we had neither the financial resources nor manpower to place them all at an animal hospital – where they would stand a real chance of survival – so we were faced with making the heart-rending decision of who to take and who to leave.
We agreed with Mr Zhao that we would help fund a new quarantine facility and pay for as much general care as we could and, with heavy hearts, chose several small dogs to take with us to Beijing Hospital – and one of them was Camille.
Sure enough, Camille’s blood work said the disease distemper had taken hold and for the next month we hoped and prayed for him to pull through as he fought for his life. In the end our prayers were answered and he made it despite the odds, as did our other dogs -but still they all needed to be kept in isolation. Our friends at TACN could not host them at their shelter but, instead, helped us find a wonderful small and inexpensive boarding kennel and we set the ball rolling on a process to bring Camille and his brothers back to Europe.
All smiles as Xiaoli picks up Camille to take to the airport
Unlike adoptions to America where, after just 10 days, a dog can often fly to his new home with only basic vaccinations, the process of bringing dogs into Europe can last over 3 months and involves multiple vaccinations and rigorous blood testing. We were happy to be patient knowing our rescues would be well-fed and able to rest from the disease and trauma.
Only one dog can travel with one passenger at any given time and last week, as we were preparing our own trip to go back to go back to China, we received wonderful news that at last a kind Chinese journalist had agreed to bring Camille to Paris! He arrived late on March 2nd greeted by our charity’s mascot Samoyeds and, as you can see from the photos, has quickly settled in.
Camille’s first visit to the vet in Paris.
Camille still has a terrible skin condition for which he has started treatment – this was aggravated by the lack of quality food in China where there are no controls on animal food content. We are confident he will make a full recovery and be part of our campaign team! He has such a gentle spirit and shows no sign of aggression. If he is traumatised he hides it well – perhaps he knows his dark days are now behind him.
Having personally seen unbearable cruelty in the last 6 years, and never really knowing what happens to the dogs we have helped rescue, it feels good to have this one dog in my arms. Camille is the first of the Chinese dogs that we know of to come off the trucks and be on his way through Europe to the UK. With further support from donors we hope he will be one of many and we can continue to work with activists in China and beyond who, like us, believe eating man’s best friend has no place in this millennium. It is time for the annual slaughter of dogs and cats for food and fur to end. In my next report, I will be back in China with further news of the continuing rescue efforts.
The Year of the Monkey is fast approaching and amid the celebrations thousands of sentient beings will be slaughtered. If you are in London tomorrow (Friday Feb 5th) come down and raise your voice at the Chinese Embassy. We will also be heading down past the BBC to China Town. Our trustees will be around so if you have any questions on our operations we will be glad to answer you. Our phone number is 0207 873 2250