Reject World Dog Show in China

Reject World Dog Show in China

International outrage followed the announcement that the 2019 World Dog Show would be held in China. The awarding body claimed it would help dogs be seen as family, but two years later there is no sign of any animal protection law that will truly change the fate of China’s dogs. Millions of canines are at the mercy of those who would eat or abuse them. Hundreds more will fly out to the World Dog Show in 2019, fuelling yet more dog breeding in China with dire consequences. We must act now to fight for a dog meat ban in China!

The decision to hold the show in China was condemned by animal activists and Kennel Clubs around the world. Many were dismayed that the show would be held in a country that has no animal protection laws, where dogs are eaten as dog meat, and where animal cruelty extends to local government, whose officials have been witnessed killing stray dogs by clubbing them to death.

Per the official statement by Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) President, Rafael de Santiago, the Federation says that hosting the World Dog Show in China will present an “an excellent opportunity to raise awareness among the Chinese population that the dog, our beloved friend, is a member of our families, a living entity and most of all Man's best Friend.”

It has been two years since awarding the show to China, and nothing has changed.

The FCI is now planning to hold a dog show in Yulin of all places, the reviled city that plays host to the world’s bloodiest dog meat festival in the world. Although President Rafael de Santiago has denounced the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and animal cruelty in general, he has failed to take any concrete steps to change the dogs’ grim fate.

Actions speak louder than words, especially in China which leads global dog meat consumption, slaughtering an estimated 10 million dogs each year.

Let us not ignore what happens in Yulin, or what happens every day in China. China should not be holding the World Dog Show in 2019 until animal protection laws are in place. There should be no FCI dog shows in the city of Yulin until the safety of dogs in China can be guaranteed through strong, enforceable animal protection laws.


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