There are a number of reasons why dogs should not end up as meat in the bowl or on the dining table as it is the practice these days within modern Nigeria, a country famed for it’s bizarre cultural eating fads and bush meat.
However the disturbing trend in contemporary times is the consumption of dog meat despite the protest by groups such as the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
Dog meat referred to as 'fragrance meat' has other names worldwide. In some parts of Ghana it is referred to as 'dokuus' or 'red goat'. In Southern Nigeria it is called 'Four O Four'. In Indonesia, fried dog meat is called 'rintek wuuk. In China it is called 'xiangrou'.
Mr Samuel Adongo, from Atolbabisi, a Grune community in Bolgatanga told the GNA that it is a taboo in his area for one to eat horse, donkey or pork meat hence the eating of dog, a favourite delicacy nobody can ignore.
Madam Atampoka, a dog seller in Bolgatanga has been in the business for close to 15 years and through that she has been able to see three of her five children through primary school to the secondary level.
She told the GNA that she is able to make GH¢450.00 (Ghana currency) on dogs she prepares for sale when patronage is high describing the business is beneficial. The dog and bush trade is not just confined to South East Asia or even Asia as a whole. You’d be wrong in thinking that. Dog meat consumption is seen as a traditional delicacy within Nigeria. A delicacy that Say No To Dog Meat.Net now wants removed from the menu with better welfare and protection for animals implemented to the highest degree.
Say No To Dog Meat.Net is now taking two nations on here, but, working in force, unity and establishing multicultural relationships thus building professional rapport with local governors and animal state welfare clinics‘. Banning the trade is not going to be easy. After all we are looking at a way of cultural living, a pseudo dietary medicine, and a potentially dangerous trade that has been proven in the past within Uganda, Nigeria, and Ghana to cause human death from the consumption of infected canine meat, diseased meat and rabid (rabies infected meat).
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Nigerian Dog Meat Trade. Warning some viewers may find this video upsetting, viewer discretion is advised. http://youtu.be/AVmrldELNZM
African mission plan;
Say No To Dog Meat African Dog Meat Protocol;
Ten point mission plan;
1. Immunization and vaccination in canines, felines and humans to prevent rabies and viral disease outbreak.
2. Preventive measures to protect both Africans and non-Africans from (unknown mutation of H?N?).
3. Awareness and education on disease and viral control / Food safety and hygiene.
4. Educating on alternative diets including the introduction of vegetarianism moving away from dog/cat meat.
5. Awareness and education on the cruel and barbaric inhumane practice of killing canines and felines.
6. Enforcing laws via building rapport and communications with societies and SPCA’s to push for closure of dog meat traffickers and traders/ vendors and markets. Restaurants to take dog and feline meat off the menu with road side stalls closed down.
7. Animal welfare laws to be increased and/or/adopted to the highest standard.
8. Neutering and spading of strays, and domesticated dogs and cats.
9. Implementation of rescue plans for dogs and cats within the Nigerian dog meat trade.
10. Canine and feline awareness and education events.
Whilst we see traders as barbaric we must also as an organisation prevent poverty too that is rife within Africa. This is after all their way of living and stopping it could indeed cause more problems.
Say No To Dog Meat.Net recognises the need for alternative employment. Working with and building relations with employment agencies and local agricultural districts we must as an organisation also engage the government to locate or at least find suitable employment for those that we want out of the dog meat trade. Our mission is not just to end abuse but to ensure it stops when enforcing such laws.
We would be failing as an organisation, by just pushing traders on to the streets. Building relationships with them, and locating employment will reduce crime, hunger, rape, famine, but most importantly reduce the risk of individuals returning to the trade again to fund their families.
Rabies and its devastating effect it can have upon those that consume infected dog and cat meat.
Can rabies be passed on via meat consumption?
Not necessarily – Rabies is a virus transmitted through an open wound on the skin, usually a bite or scratch. 95% of human deaths from rabies occur in Asia; 90% of deaths are from infected dogs, the remainder usually from bats.
Rabies is incredibly rare in the USA and Europe now. It’s been effectively controlled through the use of an antirabies vaccine for dogs. The reason it is still more common in Asia is the number of stray dogs which have not been vaccinated.
Eating dog meat is common in many Asian and African countries, but research conducted as part of the South East Asian Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Network has discovered a potentially lethal risk associated with preparing dog meat: rabies. In research published today in the open access journal PLoS Medicine, Dr Heiman Wertheim and colleagues from the National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, Viet Nam, report on two patients admitted to hospital showing signs of rabies infection. Neither patient was thought to have been bitten by a rabid animal in the preceding months.
Rabies is a very serious – and in nearly all cases fatal – disease. It is estimated to kill over 30,000 people each year in Asia, and the number of cases in China and Viet Nam is increasing. Symptoms include agitation, severe spasms, fever, fear of water and inability to drink liquids, and eventually death. Humans are usually infected after being bitten by an infected animal such as a dog or bat.
When the researchers investigated whether the patients had come into contact with infected animals in the preceding months, they found that both had been involved in preparing and eating animals which may have been infected. In the first patient’s case, he had prepared and eaten a dog that had been killed in a road traffic accident; rabid dogs were known to inhabit the neighbourhood. The second patient had butchered and eaten a cat that had been sick for a number of days.
In both cases seen by Dr Wertheim and colleagues, it is thought that infection occurred during the slaughtering, and not by eating the meat as the meal was shared by others who did not become infected. In Asia, it is believed that eating dog meat enhances health and longevity. It is eaten throughout the year in the second half of the lunar month, particularly in the winter months, when it is believed to increase body heat.
In Viet Nam, dogs with rabies have been detected in dog slaughterhouses and workers at dog slaughterhouses are vaccinated against rabies as part of the national programme for rabies control and prevention. However, the private slaughter of dogs is relatively common in the country. Illegal dog and cat meat traders both in Asia and Africa are of particular concern to No To Dog Meat.Net and this area we must focus on to prevent mass rabies outbreak equaling death.
“We need to alert both the general public and clinicians about the risks around butchering and handling meat,” says Dr Wertheim. “People should not handle animals that may be infected with rabies. Rabies can be prevented with a vaccine and people exposed to rabies can be helped with post-exposure prophylaxis, but this needs to be administered as quickly as possible following the exposure. Once a person shows symptoms, the disease is almost invariably fatal.
“Vietnamese doctors already consider dog slaughtering to be a risk factor for rabies transmission, but it is important that other health care workers and policy makers, both in- and outside Vietnam, are aware of this risk factor.”
Human health is just as important to ourselves as is animal health. We have created this petition due to the high possibility that one day soon, a mass outbreak of food poisoning, rabies or a unique form of (H?N?) mutation forming. Disease is rife as it is within Africa. A third world nation that now has the effects of climate change looming we cannot sit back any longer and allow mass disease outbreak and spread to occur.
The impacts would be catastrophic killing many. The creation of this petition is to also bring a final conclusion to the dog meat trade within Nigeria. Taking on one state at a time, enforcing and lobbying, awareness, and education., building professional solid relations with both government and citizen - WE WILL END ANIMAL MISERY.
We at Say No To Dog Meat.Net ask you the public to please sign and share our petition wildly so that we can engage the State Government Secretariat, Honorable Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State and his Excellency Honorable Babatunde Fashola Nigeria to now enforce our ten point protocol.
African activists have tried before however as explained above they have simply been ignored. Say No To Dog Meat.Net will not tolerate ignorance and will lobby daily his Excellency Dr Honourable Alausa, Ikeja and his Excellency Honorable Babatunde Fashola to now make change happen and integrate plans to make animal welfare top priority. Taking dog meat off the menu - Ensuring it stays banned.
When signing you’re signature actually goes a long way. Not only are you placing you’re signature to our online petition site, but, when one signs, it sends automatically the electronic letter below to the addressee - Excellency Dr Honourable Alausa, and Excellency Honorable Babatunde Fashola from Lagos, Nigeria.
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From Nigeria to Benin, from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Gabon, Chad and Southern Africa … We will Ban trade .. We will enforce regulations and welfare. We will make change happen. WE WILL STOP ABUSE!
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