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WVA Congress Starts Next Week! Vets, Please Speak Up!

Stop the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Worldwide

Aug 26, 2017 — It's time for veterinary professionals to travel to South Korea, dog-farming capitol of the world, to attend the WVA 2017 Congress in Incheon, happening next week. In so doing, vets will be giving the South Korean economy a boost, which many believe supports the dog meat trade, and they will be just miles from the thousands of dog meat farms operating illegally in South Korea.

However, veterinary professionals can make some good come out of their visit by taking advantage of the conference forum to learn about and shine a light on the dark, cruel and toxic dog meat trade. I truly hope the vets will critically examine whether such a barbaric and hazardous practice has any place in the modern world. Will they be brave enough to visit a dog meat farm and witness with their own eyes the horror?

On Day 3 of the conference, a Global Seminar on Animal Welfare is scheduled. The WVA assure me that the topic of the dog meat trade will be addressed at this time, and I can see "Dog Meat Production in Asia" on the schedule, which is encouraging: http://wvc2017korea.com/02_sci/download/All/16.All_GSAW.pdf.

In her presentation, will Dr. Hye Won Lee (http://wvc2017korea.com/02_sci/faculty/cv/Hye-Won%20LEE.pdf) give an accurate account of conditions in which these animals are raised, abused and slaughtered? Or will she sugar-coat or defend the dog meat trade? That remains to be seen.

Only one of the vet speakers, Natalie Waran, responded to our communications, and I'm disappointed by that. However, veterinary professionals cannot ignore facts about the trade forever, and they have a profound obligation as carers of animals to help end it.

Let's keep urging vets to speak out by continuing to sign, share and promote this petition through the week of the congress. Also please keep engaging in dialog with the international veterinary community as well as your own local veterinary professionals so that they are fully aware how horrifically these animals are treated.

Thank you supporters!

Jenny Wilkins


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