Address the Issue of Food Safety in the Dog Meat Trade and open dialogue to classify dogs and cats as unfit for human consumption.

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Monique Eliot and Respected Delegates.

The Charity: World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade (1154524)  runs the Global NoToDogMeat  campaign   http://www.notodogmeat.com


We have previously met with and petitioned the World Organisation for Animal Health to discuss measures to help us BAN this unlawful trade and push member states to respect Art 7 of the Terrestrial Code on Animal Welfare:- http://www.oie.int/doc/ged/D10905.PDF and insist all animals receive equal rights.


Your position has always been that change needs to come from 180 member states and delegates and you will NOT raise the subject of torture or appalling treatment of  sentient beings. 


This petition addresses FOOD SAFETY 
  

 
We seek to  draw your attention to the unsanitary conditions in which these animals are butchered.


Further evidence from  the recent rescues in China (taking place right now) where pets and stray dogs are rounded up for food, fur and leather make it clear that the heinous conditions and barbaric treatment  that they are subjected to is a clear violation of the very rules you have set down. 


In 2013, I presented to your media dept and your respected Directeur Adjoint. in person footage from South Korea showing the torture methods used on Dogs and Cats to change the (so called) health properties of the meat, This is unacceptable and the frequent outbreaks of disease in the many live meat markets which I and others have borne witness to also demonstrates a causal link between the lack of food safety and disease. Dog and cat meat enters food outlets with no real knowledge of the origin and source. There are increasing reports of animals captured using poisoned darts and other reports suggesting high antibiotic doses are used in Korean Dog farms to prevent disease and now we hear that the rabies vaccines used on dogs can be fatal to humans who consume them too soon after the injections are administered.


It is imperative that the World Organisation for Animal Health and its 180 members recognise that dogs raised (and stolen from the streets and back yards!)  transported and then slaughtered in heinous conditions with little or no  refridgeration in close proximity to live dogs, pose serious health risks and complete disregard for human health.

During our precious meeting, you said to me in person 'Dogs and cats are not livestock and have no rights.'


We formally request an open dialogue between your members to address these issues and urge that a formal notice is issued to: classify all dogs and cats as 'companion animals not fit for human consumption.'


 We respectfully draw your attention to  scientists and medical practitioners  who are expressing concern about some of  the following diseases, viruses and parasites entering the human food chain via the cat and dog meat trade: Rabies, Avian Influenza,  Ebola, Cholera, Trichinellosis and Canine Distemper, 
In addition, stress, fear and pain when animals are being slaughtered or waiting to be slaughtered results in several disease processes in humans who eat the meat with the most notable being: cardiac problems, impotency and general fatigue.

Dog meat is sold fraudulently and marketed by false advertising as a health food that stimulates circulation - there is no medical evidence to suggest any truth in this idea. 

Activists in Dog and Cat eating countries are crying out for help to make laws against the trade where criminals and corrupt Government officials get rich quick schemes. 

We petition with respect knowing you are not placed to address economics over ethics however consider our concerns on food safety to be relevant and look forward to your official response.

 

Julia de Cadenet

CEO

World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade

NoToDogMeat

17 Cavendish Square

London

W1G 0PH

+ 44 207 873 2250

registered charity 1154524

www.facebook.com/NoToDogMeat

 

Internet references

http://www.who.int/rabies/en/ ;
http://outbreaknewstoday.com/philippines-infected-dog-meat-… ;
http://www.scmp.com/…/philippines-orders-13-treated-after-e…;
https://journalism106.wordpress.com/tag/dog-dishes/
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/9/210 ;
http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ahs/article/view/100469/89693 ;
http://www.globaltimes.cn/special/2009-09/472547.html ;
http://www.wpro.who.int/ch…/mediacentre/factsheets/rabies/…/ ;
http://www.who-rabies-bulletin.org/abou…/What_is_rabies.aspxhttp://m.mama.cn/bk/157/ ;

Targets
Dr Dong Pham Van
Director General
Chief Veterinary Officer
Animal Health
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
15 Lane 78 Giai Phong Road
Dong Da - Hanoï
VIETNAM

Dr Zhongqiu Zhang
President of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania
Director General
Veterinary Bureau
Ministry of Agriculture
11 Nong Zhan Guan Nan Li
Chaoyang District
100125 Beijing
CHINA (PEOPLE'S REP. OF)

Dr Oh Soon-Min
Director - Chief Veterinary Officer
General Animal Health Division
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA)
94 Dasom 2-RO
Sejong-Si 339-012
Postal code 339-710
KOREA (REP. OF)

Dr Syseng Khounsy
Deputy Director General
Department of Livestock and Fisheries
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
PO Box 6644
Vientiane
LAOS

Dr Sovann Sen
Vice-President of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania
Deputy Secretary General, MAFF
Project Director, TS-PRSHD
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
200 Preah Norodom Boulevard
Sangkat Tonle Basak Khan Chamkamon
PO Box 2447
Phnom Penh 3
CAMBODIA

Dr Ayuth Harintharanon
Director General
Department of Livestock Development
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
69/1 Phaya Thaï Road,
Ratchatewi
Bangkok 10400
THAILAND

 

Dr Sovann Sen
Vice-President of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania
Deputy Secretary General, MAFF
Project Director, TS-PRSHD
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
200 Preah Norodom Boulevard
Sangkat Tonle Basak Khan Chamkamon
PO Box 2447
Phnom Penh 3
CAMBODIA


Dr Rubina Cresencio
Chief Veterinary Officer
Director of BAI
Livestock Development Division (LDD)
Bureau of Animal Industry
Visayas Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City 1100
PHILIPPINES


Dr John Clifford
Member of the OIE Council
Deputy Administrator
USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services
Ministry of Agriculture
Room 317-E
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building
Washington DC 20250
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Dr Syukur Iwantoro
Director General
Livestock and Animal Health Services
Ministry of Agriculture
JL Harsono RM N° 3
Building C, 9th Floor
South Jakarta 12550
INDONESIA


Dr Nigel Gibbens
Chief Veterinary Officer
Food and Farming Group
Ministry of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Area 5B 5th Floor Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR
UNITED KINGDOM



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