Animal activists stage protest in Beijing against China’s barbaric annual dog meat festival which sees tens of thousands of canines beaten to death and cooked

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By TRACY YOU FOR MAILONLINE |

“Nobody will die if dog & cat are taken off the menu!!!”

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  • Around 30 animal campaigners carried out the protest today in bid to stop Yulin dog meat festival in China
  • The controversial festival sees as many as 10,000 animals butchered and eaten on summer solstice  
  • A petition signed by over 11 million people has been submitted to the authority, animal charity claimed
  • During the event, activists called Yulin in rural Guangxi Province a ‘scumbag’ and ‘a total embarrassment’ to China
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A group of animal activists staged a protest today in Beijing in a bid to stop a Chinese dog-eating festival set to occur later this month.

This must stop: A group of around 30 animal activists staged a protest today in Beijing in a bid to stop the Yulin dog meat festival

The demonstration, initiated by three animal protection groups, submitted a petition allegedly signed by over 11 million people, calling on the Chinese authorities to end the Yulin dog meat festival.

The annual festival, which takes place in south China’s Guangxi Province, sees tens of thousands of animals beaten to death, cooked and sold on the market to celebrate summer solstice.

Around 30 activists carried out the protest outside of the Yulin government office as the petition was presented to the authority by three animal charities: Humane Society International, VShine and Beijing Mothers Against Animal Cruelty.

Pictures from today’s event show animal campaigners, many of whom brought their own pet dogs, holding signs saying ‘Scumbag of China’ in English and ‘Shame on Yulin’ in Simplified Chinese.

Wendy Higgins, the Director of International Media at Humane Society International, said over 11 million signatures had been collected worldwide through the internet to demand the festival to stop.

The petition also included signatures gathered by four other international animal welfare organisations. They are RaiseURPaw in Canada as well as the Duo Duo Project, Care2 and Avaaz from the United States.

The petition has been accepted by officials from the Yulin government in Beijing, according to Ms Higgins.

Peter Li, the China Policy Expert at Humane Society International, attended the protest in Beijing today.

Mr Li told MailOnline:

‘There was a huge presence of police, but our hand-in went very peacefully. It was a great feeling to join with our Chinese partner group activists in Beijing today, there was a tremendous sense of determination to get our voices heard to the global media, and to let the world know that many people across China want the brutal Yulin dog meat festival shut down.

He added: ‘We gave a show of strength and defiance against the dog thieves and the blatant animal cruelty, to say loudly – you will not steal our best friends! 

‘I hope that the authorities listen, they really should do as the strength of public upset about Yulin and the trade here in China is really growing.

‘Next stop for me is Yulin, where I have been a number of times before, for the grim task of visiting the slaughterhouses before the festival starts.’

329f258d00000578-0-image-a-62_1465547648595Sickening feast: Residents in Yulin tucked in their dinner made with dog meat during last year’s festival. Many of the animals, which were caged and beaten before being slaughtered, are thought to be stolen pets!

Xu Yufeng, founder of Beijing Mothers Against Animal Cruelty who were also present at the protest, said: ‘Yulin is a total embarrassment to China. 

‘Its failure to stop mass dog slaughter and mass dog consumption shows that the local authorities are not doing their job to protect the people, especially young children.

‘We urge the Yulin authorities to stand on the right side of history and to end the “festival” in the interests of public security, food safety, social morality and China’s reputation.’ 

Another member of the protesters, Pan Danyang from China-based small animal protection group VShine, said:

‘This is the third year of our participation in the nation-wide campaign against the Yulin dog meat festival. ‘Since we have over the last few years helped accommodate dogs rescued from the dog meat trade, we know Yulin’s dog meat market relies on dogs from suspicious sources. ‘I hope that Yulin authorities will take actions to stop the dog trucks from going into their city so that the mass slaughter on the summer solstice day won’t happen.’

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Visitors play with rescued dogs at a shelter ran by Yang Xiaoyun in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. Yang said she spent 300,000 RMB (48,248 USD) to purchase 500 dogs to rescue them from dog meat dealers at Yulin’s annual dog meat festival last month. She keeps more than 1,000 dogs in her shelters, mostly abandoned or she purchased from dog meat traders. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

 

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Pregnant dog burned alive, gets help from local animal rescue group

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"OMG...this is beyond sickening, I can't see the dog walking willingly into fire, so she was either burnt or doused in some type of chemical; on purpose. I pray they catch the scum that did this & will keep her in my prayers, in the hopes that all her pups make it & she finds a forever loving home!" 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A pregnant dog that was severely burned is doing much better after being taken in by a local animal rescue group.

“Someone did something unkind to this very sweet dog,” says Donna Casamento with Big Dog Ranch Rescue.

Pregnant dog burnt is carrying puppies

It’s something so unkind, it’s horrific to view.  Nina, a terrier mix, has second to third degree burns on her chest, all the way down to her legs.

“It’s been a very very sad situation. We weren’t sure when we first got her how the burns happened,” said Casamento.

But Donna thinks Nina’s burns may have been intentional. And what makes this worse, she’s pregnant.

“Whether she walked into a fire on the ground, like a fire pit or was pushed into a fire pit. Dogs don’t walk into those kind of situations,” she said.”

Now the race is on to save the unborn dogs while Nina recovers. “It’s somewhat difficult for us to tell exactly if the puppies are still alive yet,” Casamento said.

Nina was brought up yesterday from Miami-Dade rescue.  Veterinarians here are taking care of her around the clock. “Every couple of hours, she’s getting this applied to her and then several baths throughout the day,” said Donna. “We’re giving her pain medication about every three or four hours at this point.”

The hope is eventually to find her and her babies, a loving home. “In spite what she’s been through, all she wants to do is sit with her head in our lap and get love. This is a great dog,” she said.

Vets say once Nina becomes comfortable, they’ll be able to perform an ultrasound to see if the puppies are alive. They’re asking the community to help with donations for Nina’s care. Find out how you can help at their website, http://www.bdrr.org/ .

Miami-Dade animal rescue is investigating the case.

News Link:-http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/pregnant-dog-burned-alive-gets-help-from-local-animal-rescue-group

UPDATE: Justice, The Dog Set On Fire, Receives No Justice

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Update August 21, 2013 10:35 a.m:Since the District Attorney‘s office is considering an appeal, the petition asking for the maximum sentence (link is below) has been reopened for signatures.

In April, 2012, an 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.Darius Ewing poured lighter fluid on a four-month-old puppy, then flicked a lit cigarette at him. The police report stated that a group of people watched and laughed as Ewing threw his lit cigarette at the dog.

Darius Ewing

The Labrador puppy suffered from third degree burns on more than 70 percent of his body. His poor little body could not handle it, and ten days after being set on fire, the puppy died.

The puppy was named “Justice” by his rescuers, DFW Rescue Me, since that is what they hoped he would get.

But that does not seem to be the case.

The man who lit Justice on fire, Darius Ewing, pleaded guilty to one count of felony animal cruelty. Ewing entered a plea on Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year sentence. The judge on the case, Larry Mitchell, reduced his sentence to two years. WFFA.com reports that the judge “lowered it to two years, saying prosecutors failed to prove that a ‘deadly weapon’ was used.”

Three others also pleaded guilty to one count each of felony animal cruelty. Darius Carey, 25, was sentenced to two years in jail. Richard Valentine, 25, and Adrian Ayers, 21, each received 15 months in jail.

Ayers, Carey, Ewing

In Texas, State Jail Felonies are punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

Jonnie England of the Texas Humane Alliance says all who were present for sentencing in the courtroom were shocked. “There was just no justice for Justice here today,” England said.

Prosecutors are considering an appeal for Ewing’s case.

Animal advocate group Hand4Paws wrote a petition asking that Darius Ewing receive the maximum sentence. The petition received over 37,000 signatures. The petition was sent to the judge on the case, Larry Mitchell.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/justice-the-dog-set-on-fire-receives-no-justice?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

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Graphic Video & Image: Adrienne Martin Charged In Dog Abuse Case

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This is appalling & I ask you all to sign the petition below...Adrienne Martin must face the maximum punishment available, for torturing this dog. This was no accident, she purposely set out to burn this poor dog, who endured such severe injuries; it led to its untimely death!  Please spread the petition; Martin must pay for this sickening crime!

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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged a 35-year-old woman in connection with an animal abuse case after a dog was found outside a north city home with severe burns and eventually died.

PHOTOS: Dog with severe burns rescued in north St. Louis

The dog was found July 10 anchored to a chain in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue with burns covering his eyes, nose, feet, ears, legs and body. The animal, which rescues called “Brownie,” had been recovering at the Veterinary Specialty Services prior to his death.

Adrienne Martin, 35, faces two felony charges after investigators say she admitting to setting a dog on fire in North St. Louis.

With signs and flyers, St. Louis’ animal cruelty task force took this case seriously. It’s an arrest members hope will get attention.

PHOTOS: Martin brags on Facebook page about killing dogs

Near the empty dog house, to the left of the dog sign, the singed leaves, animal cruelty investigators say, show the site of the fire that took the life of the dog named Brownie.

“Gasoline was poured on him and then he was lit on fire with a lighter,” said Randy Grim with the organization Stray Rescue. Grim is also a member of St. Louis’ new animal cruelty task force.

“His eyes and face were burned completely, so even if he would have recovered he would never have been able to see again,” said Grim.

Brownie died a few days later. Martin is now charged with two felony counts, animal abuse and knowingly burning.

Investigators say she admitted torching the dog as he was chained to a fence because he had previously bitten her son.

“I don’t think she did it,” said Trena Block, Martin’s sister and the owner of Brownie.

Even though her sister confessed and witnesses picked her out of a line-up, Block believes her sister is innocent.

But more evidence pointing to Martin are posts authorities say she wrote on her Facebook page stating, “I’m on killa mode and the hastag killdogs.com.” and “I mean what I say and I say what I mean, hastag alldogsdon’tgoto heaven.com”.

Dog set on fire dies!!

Trena claims Martin was referring to her husband. 

“All dogs don’t go to heaven meaning you being so bad to me, I’m your wife and you ain’t going to go to heaven just off of this,” she said.

The felony charges are the first for St. Louis’ animal task force formed last October and Grim says they speak loudly.

“People are watching St. Louis to see how we handle this and I want to set a good example for other cities and maybe they’ll have a task force of their own,” said Grim.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis says since October 1, 2012 over 100 cases of animal abuse have been investigated, 24 arrests have been made, and more than 200 animal control citations have been issued.

News Link:http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/389868/3/Woman-charged-in-dog-abuse-case-

Please sign this petition:http://www.change.org/petitions/st-louis-circuit-attorney-s-office-maximum-punishment-to-adrienne-martin-for-the-killing-of-brownie

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DOG TORCHED: Woman Faces Felony Charges She Burned Her

Published on 25 Jul 2013

DOG TORCHED: Woman Faces Felony Charges She Burned Her Dog to Death

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KMOV reports St. Louis Police have charged a woman with felony animal cruelty charges after she allegedly killed her dog with a blowtorch. KMOX says the woman responsible is Adrienne Martin. The dog, named Brownie, was taken to the Stray Rescue of St. Louis after it was discovered, but the rescue couldn’t save the dog’s live. KMOV also says Martin bragged about the dog’s death on her Facebook page.

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Puppy Burner Given Maximum Sentence

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Adell Ziegler, the teen who burned the Jack Russell terrier named Phoenix in Buffalo, NY last fall, has been handed the maximum sentence in New York state for animal cruelty.

He will spend the next two years in prison (we know, not nearly long enough), and is banned from having a pet for the next seven years (again, we know – not long enough).

Adell Ziegler

“I don’t think this guy should have a pet rock,” said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita. “He’s an off-the-charts animal abuser. He’s a sociopath.”

The prosecution says that during his time in jail, Ziegler has been overheard in phone calls bragging about what he did, saying the case has made him famous, and he wears a badge of honor.

Ziegler argues that he does not think him being known for this is a good thing. He told the judge that people are only going to know him for being the guy who set a puppy on fire. He apologized at his sentencing on Tuesday, saying he thought it was a joke at the time.

“I could’ve stopped it that day, and should’ve, but I never knew it would go that far,” Ziegler said. (How can a person even claim they do not realize how far they are taking a “joke” when they douse an animal in lighter fluid and set it on fire??)

His defence attorneys masqueraded him as a child of a broken home, having been in and out of foster care, never knowing stability.

“While there were hundreds of people from across the country who wanted to adopt Phoenix and were vying for his adoption, there were zero people to adopt my client when he was a fatherless, motherless child from a broken home plagued with drug abuse and alcohol abuse,” said Ziegler’s attorney, Ann Nichols.

Despite his troubled childhood, he has not and will not gain sympathy from many. Everyone has hardships in life, but they don’t think, “hey, my life has been pretty crappy, so why don’t I set an animal on fire for fun?”

“Mr. Ziegler…I should be kind here…is a very troubled person. To douse a dog with lighter fluid and set it on fire for their jollies, there’s a serious computer chip missing there,” Sedita responded.

Ziegler’s nephew, Diondre Brown, admitted to participating in the heinous crime by acting as a lookout. He was sentenced to six months.

Phoenix covered in burns

Ziegler is currently serving one year in prison for violating probation, and will begin his additional sentence in October

Phoenix is happy and healthy in his forever home. He was adopted by foster mom Judi, and spends his days with his best friend, Ruckus. He recently visited the state capital to celebrate New York State Animal Advocacy Day. February 9th was declared Phoenix Day by Mayor Byron Brown. The spirited pup has been an ambassador for the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter (as well as the city itself), and is on his way to becoming a therapy dog.

To encourage Governor Andrew Cuomo to enforce stricter laws with harsher punishments for abusers, please visithttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/686/536/489/phoenix-law/.

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Animal Cruelty Case Back In Court In the Fall for Sentencing

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 – 2:17 PM
By Sara Buchan
Grande Prairie

The animal cruelty case against a Fort St. John woman returns to court in Grande Prairie in November.

54-year old Debra Holden will be sentenced on a guilty plea to allowing an animal to be in distress.

Back in July of last year Grande Prairie RCMP arrested a woman at a campsite after discovering a dead dog and a burning kennel in a fire pit.

Witnesses told police of another injured dog, and Mounties searched the bush but couldn’t find it.

Holden was originally charged with injuring or endangering animals, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

The Alberta Animal Protection Act allows for fines of as much as $20,000 and bans on owning pets.

News Link:-http://hqgrandeprairie.com/news/local/news/v/Local/214603/Animal-cruelty-case-back-in-court-in-the-fall-for-sentencing

$1,000 Reward for Info Leading To An Arrest In Burning of Stray Cat

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“WTF…there are some serious psycho’s that move amongst us, without knowledge; sick bxxxxxxs! I so which I was psychic!!” 

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) announce a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set a cat on fire on May 24, 2013, in the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The severely burned orange tabby cat was found in the 12th floor stairwell of 200 Throop Avenue by a resident of the building, who called 911.  NYPD and FDNY responded to the scene and recovered the stray cat.  It was determined an accelerant was used to set the fire.

District Attorney Hynes said, “I find it incomprehensible why people would hurt any animal. But unfortunately, it does happen and those people need to be held accountable for their actions.

My office aggressively investigates and prosecutes animal abuse and fighting cases.  I want to commend the Animal Legal Defense Fund for their cooperation with my office in this and other cases, and for offering this reward for information.

Scott Heiser, Senior Attorney and Director of the Criminal Justice Program for the ALDF said, “We are so grateful to District Attorney Hynes and his team for their tireless efforts to bring the perpetrators of this outrageously cruel act to justice.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund posts this $1,000 reward to encourage people to come forward with information.  I hope that whoever saw this crime will do the right thing and call the hotline number.”

Police officers brought the cat to Animal Care and Control of New York City to be examined by veterinary staff who determined that the cat had suffered burns to his bodyThe fire tore through the cat’s fur and skin and melted his claws, exposing tissue. 

The cat was medically stabilized and sent to North Shore Animal League for further treatment.  Unfortunately, he passed away from his injuries.

As part of the investigation, KCDA detectives questioned building residents who reported having seen the cat living in the staircase before the attack.  They believed the cat was being fed by residents.

It is unknown if the attack occurred at 200 Throop Avenue or if he was burned elsewhere and retreated back to 200 Throop Avenue.

The attached reward flyer is being distributed in the community with the hopes of finding and arresting the suspect(s) who committed this crime.   Anyone with any information concerning this crime should call the hotline at 718-250-4400.

News Link:-http://www.brooklynews.com/062713-1000-reward-for-information-leading-to-an-arrest-in-burning-of-stray-cat-1/

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