NoToDogMeat is a pioneering movement which supports grassroots campaigners and runs animal shelters in countries with a dog and cat meat trade because we believe that all animals deserve respect and compassion.
NoToDogMeat is a vegetarian organisation which opposes the cruel slaughter of all animals for food, fur and 'traditional' medicine.
We were the first Charity of this kind in the world, and advise the United Nations on this issue, as well as lobbying the UK and international governments.
We have witnessed for ourselves dogs being beaten and blowtorched while alive in Korea, cats being boiled alive to make soups in Vietnam, and festivals such as Yulin which glorify in the torture of loyal and loving companion animals.
It is not part of any country's culture to treat animals inhumanely, and that is the main focus of NoToDogMeat's campaign. It is also unacceptable that beloved pets are made into fur and archaic 'medicines'. For us, this is not a culture. It is cruelty.
We work with campaigners in those countries who share the same core animal rights values, and many countries we operate in are taking note.
Since the coronavirus crisis, China is moving to reclassify dogs and cats as not fit for human consumption. In Vietnam, there was uproar when footage obtained by this Charity showed cats being boiled alive for a cure for respiratory ailments. The tide is turning on this cruelty.
NoToDogMeat was founded by Julia de Cadenet, a dual-qualified lawyer, who first witnessed the horrors of the live meat markets in China in 2009. She began by lobbying for the rights of dogs in South Korea in the UK Parliament and demanding the closure of Moran Market in Seoul where one dog dies every 13 seconds and torture is commonplace. She then committed herself to mobilise others, encouraging them to raise awareness and to bring about change.
These actions pioneered the global NoToDogMeat campaign against the dog and cat meat trade. The NoToDogMeat campaign started on social media in April 2013 with the help of a like-minded group from the fields of law, veterinary science, journalism and animal rescue – all motivated by their love of dogs and cats.
People around the World responded immediately, and on May 18 2013, NoToDogMeat held public protests for the first 'World Awareness Day' against the dog and cat meat trade in over 36 towns and cities. This initiative encouraged other grassroots groups to spring up and join the NoToDogMeat movement. On May 24 2013, our charity World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade, ( NoToDogMeat Foundation) was legally formed.
In China, close to 10 Million dogs are skinned alive for food and fur. Frequently, this barbaric cruelty takes place in front of children. Dog meat festivals such as in Yulin are commonplace, and there is no regard given to health or sanitation. Koreans believe the more the animal suffers, the better the meat tastes. Cats in Vietnam are boiled alive to make soup and elixirs. In Indonesia, dogs are burnt alive in open markets just minutes from tourist attractions. This epidemic of cruelty which extends throughout Asia and beyond has no place in any society.
In May 2013, NoToDogMeat took a short film on the dog meat trade to the Cannes Film Festival (Marche du Film) using footage of cruelty gathered by long-term activist Kyenan Kum from IAKA. It was the first time the dog, and cat meat trade was exposed so publicly. Since then dozens of more videos have been made to show the horrors that dogs and cats are subjected to and were on mainstream media in October 2014 when Channel 4 broadcast their Unreported World documentary Vietnam's Dog Snatchers.
Our Charity is committed to helping brave rescuers who stop trucks on the way to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China as well as raiding markets and slaughterhouses. In 2015, we formed a partnership with a fantastic grassroots Chinese activist and together built a partner shelter near Beijing. The shelter has grown and moved now to Hebei. It is a true sanctuary to over 450 dogs and cats. Here once rescued their medical needs can be taken care of, and slowly they can learn to love and trust humans again. We microchip all rescues on arrival, and the Charity operates a strict spay and neuter programme.
Rehoming and adoption of the smaller dogs take place in China, allowing the Charity to teach kindness to animals and responsible care. We rehome larger dogs overseas many to Europe and the USA.
In January 2018 its work was formally recognised by United Nations and granted Special Consultative Status.
To know more about to NoToDogMeat or join us, please send us an email via the contact form or call us on +44 207 873 2250. For more information on our policies and legal status, please visit our blog.
Our Charity is unique. It promotes humane behaviour towards dogs and cats by any or all of the following means:
i.preventing or suppressing cruelty to animals in the dog and cat meat trade worldwide;
ii.providing support to animal sanctuaries who rescue dogs and cats from the meat trade;
iii.facilitating provision of veterinary care and treatment for dogs and cats in the meat trade including those at dog farms and animals which have been rescued;
iv.assisting with rehoming of dogs and cats ( including lost pets) who have been rescued from the dog and cat meat markets and trade;
v.campaigning for animal welfare laws to be respected on an international and national level for animals in the dog and cat meat trade at all levels including dog farms,live transport of dogs and cats for slaughter. slaughter house regulations and/or suppression of boiling/skinning and blowtorching live dogs and cats in the meat markets.