Category: Stray Animals

Romania: Welcome To Our Romanian Visitor and Campaigner Friends.




WAV Comment –


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Romania is still one of the beautiful, wild places in Europe.  It has a lot of citizens who support the policy of keeping the wild for the wild and letting nature and the animals that live within exist as they should, without persecution from man.


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But like all nations; Romania also has a dark side when it comes to animals; especially issues relating to stray dogs, and also live exports of sheep.

As some of you will be aware, we at WAV last year tracked and reported on a consignment of live sheep throughout the journey between Romania and Iran.

It was not only this shipment that has caused us concern. We were also informed at the time that Romania was planning on exporting around 200,000 live sheep to the middle east every month for the next 6 months or so.

“It is clear that sheep have suffered terribly throughout this entire journey, and that’s before we even mention the routine abuse and fully conscious slaughter they are subjected to when they arrive at their destinations,” said Gabriel Paun. “These sheep come from the green meadows and high mountains of the Romanian countryside, and the contrast in how they are treated in the live export trade is unimaginable.”

The Netherlands (Dutch) MEP Anja Hazekamp called on the European Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Romania, after the country authorised the mass transport of 70.000 sheep from the Port of Midia to the Persian Gulf while temperatures rose above 45 °C.




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Midia, Romania – Nov 2019

A live export vessel loaded with live sheep for export overturned within hours of leaving the Romanian port of Midia   The Romanian government called off the rescue efforts to save over 14,600 sheep trapped inside a capsized live export ship — despite claims that sounds can be heard indicating that animals are still alive.

In the end, despite many thousands of sheep drowning in the capsize; some (very few) of the survivors which were rescued were eventually provided with sanctuary. 






Welcome tour Romanian visitors today – we have noticed a lot of attendance to the site from Romania over the last few days; and we very much welcome you coming to pay us a visit.. 

So here following we are giving most of our past Romanian links with the hope they will be of use to our visitors if they are working on campaign issues.  We ask them to especially work on the issues of stray dogs and cats; and also on the live export business which involves so many tens of thousands of live sheep.


In memory of all the suffering animals in Romania – past and present.


Regards Mark and Venus (WAV).


Past links:  Different Issues, but lots of information and videos / photographs






China: 25/6/20 – Yulin Report From Humane Society International. Some Positives ?




Dear Mark,

On June 21st, Yulin’s annual dog meat festival began. While progress for animals has been made across China in response to issues brought to light due to the COVID-19 pandemic, brutal events like this continue, and we need to keep fighting until they end permanently.

This year, we were able to rescue a group of puppies from a terrible fate.

Just ahead of the festival, our Chinese partners rescued these animals from a market stall selling live dogs. They are now being cared for by our partner shelter in China, where they’ll receive veterinary care, socialization and love before the search to find loving forever homes.



Animal lovers from around the world also sent a powerful message to Guangxi leaders through a petition with over 220,000 signatures calling for an end to the festival and the dog and cat meat trade

What activists witnessed ahead of the festival indicates a shift in Yulin for animals.

Most dog meat stalls and shops around the city were consolidated into one central area called the Nanchao market on the outskirts of Yulin. Centralizing dog meat trade activity could be the authorities’ attempt to make it easier to monitor and manage.
The government has also been cracking down on trans-provincial animal transport, meaning that it is more difficult to truck in large numbers of dogs than in year’s past.

Lives were saved this year. Momentum is building in China to confront the dog and cat meat trade, and while Yulin’s horrific festival won’t end overnight, the tide is turning.

Thank you so much for everything that you do for animals.


Kelly O’Meara
Vice President, Companion Animals & Engagement
Humane Society International

P.S. You can donate right now toward this lifesaving work. Together, we can put an end to cruelty like this.





“Kit-bull:” a Pixar film about a tragic reality

A cat and a pit bull make friends and flee from an evil dog owner. The Pixar film “Kit-bull” is cute, dramatic – and unfortunately realistic.

Actually, filmmaker Rosana Sullivan wanted to tell the story of an unusual friendship. She herself is rather shy, much like the little cat, who in “Kit-bull” first looks at a large pit bull fearfully, then even scratches out of sheer panic – and finally makes friends with him.

The message is clear: it is worth looking beyond apparent differences because even a grim-looking dog is actually a playful and friendly animal.


In the end, “Kit-bull” shows something else: The kitten encourages the pit bull to flee together from its owner, who chains the dog outside and injures him badly.

This tethering is, unfortunately, a reality, especially in the USA, and in Germany, too, certain dog breeds, in particular, are often kept by people who see them as a fighting tool rather than a living being – which is why we have been requesting a dog license for a long time.

The family that ultimately takes in the dog and cat would probably get it easily because it gently approaches the animals and treats them lovingly.

A happy ending that reminds that animal husbandry is a responsible task – and that you should never buy an animal because there are enough that are eagerly awaiting adoption.


And I mean...Those who adopt animals from the shelters correct one frequent crime that takes place every day and in every country in the world.
When one abandons their own animals on the street because one wants it that way, this is a crime that is never punished enough, nowhere!

On the street, they are beaten, poisoned, hung up, and live a miserable life sick, hungry, and always in fear.

And that’s why we will never tire of reminding that in all animal shelters around the world millions of abandoned victims are waiting for a warm and loving home, for people who want to save these victims and make friends for life.

One of them is definitely the right one for you!

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My best regards to all, Venus

China: Despite the Promises and New Regulations; ‘Yulin’ Dog Meat ‘Festival’ Still Continues.



The Promises – but different in reality


WAV Comment:

We reported very recently that we were unsure if the Yulin 2020 ‘festival’ would take place


Our other posts:


Well all reports as of today (22/6/20) show that despite all the new legislation and alleged new rules imposed concerning the sale of dog meat and dog meat consumption; the Yulin festival IS STILL CONTINUING.



All we can do at this time is supply you with a few media links relating to this:


We will update more when we have news;

Regards Mark

South Korea: Korean – June Newsletter.

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Korean – June Newsletter

Loads of news and actions to take – please support.


Despite the fact that dog and cat meat consumption is an everyday occurrence and is being carried out all over South Korea, it is NOT LEGAL in that country.

Their Government does nothing to stop this illegal practice and they seem happy to ignore it; many Korean citizens are just as apathetic and must also be held accountable.
This is the 21st Century, and it is high time that all South Koreans, leaders and general public alike, stand up and take responsibility to enforce their own country’s laws. South Korea and South Koreans cannot continue to ignore these brutal and unethical trades, so let us campaign to urge each of South Korea’s cities to enforce their laws and to put an immediate end to these illegal dog and cat meat trades.

Below are the most populous cities in South Korea.

Please sign our petitions and send postal letters to these cities calling for an end to these illegal trades. Postal addresses for the Mayors are shown in the petition.

You can use our petition as sample letter (just copy and paste) or use your own words.

Please note: We will be adding more petitions so please check back with us often. Thank you!


Please note: We will be adding more petitions so please check back with us often. Thank you!



China: 19/6/20 – Yulin 2020; To Be or Not To Be ? – That Is The Question.



Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2016: What is it? When and where does it ...


WAV Comment 19/6/20:

We are just as confused as a lot of other people. The question is; what will happen this year (2020) ? – is the Yulin dog meat ‘festival’ on or off ?

With the Chinese government recently changing the classification of dogs a few weeks ago, so that they are NOT now ‘livestock’ and instead are ‘companion animals’; and hence ones which cannot be eaten; we would think that the slaughter and consumption of dog at any facility, such as the Yulin ‘festival’, would now be illegal.

If this is the case, we wait too see what the authorities are going to do about Yulin; as there is a lot of talk in the circuit that the festival will continue due to pressure from meat traders.


Legally, the case is now as we understand it:

China’s new National Catalogue of Livestock and Poultry Genetic Resources was very recently announced, with dogs not included on the list.

It is extremely encouraging to see this landmark decision that reflects the growing concern for animal welfare in China, following on as it has from the regulations passed earlier this year in Shenzhen and Zhuhai banning the consumption of cats and dogs.

This new catalogue policy means all the dog restaurants, markets and slaughterhouses countrywide selling dogs for food are now illegal.


The Yulin Dog Meat Festival – East Van to Elsewhere



From the Independent; London:


China‘s government has called dogs “companions” and reportedly signalled a wider ban on dog meat consumption was ahead, just weeks before the Yulin dog meat festival.

The announcement today from China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs came as a final Directory of Genetic Resources of Livestock and Poultry was published and omitted dogs from the long list of animals allowed to be commercially bred, raised and traded.

A government spokesperson said that the majority of people who took part in a public consultation process opposed including dogs as livestock, adding that dogs have long been domesticated as “companions” and “pets” who guard the family home; act as search and rescue animals for police and assist those with visual impairment.

The spokesperson said that with the changing times, “some traditional customs about dogs will change too”. He added that more policies regarding dogs would follow but did not elaborate, the Daily Mail reported.

The announcement is in line with draft guidelines drawn up by China in April to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock.

The decision comes ahead of the Yulin dog meat festival next month, where thousands of dogs are butchered, skinned and cooked with blow-torches. It is scheduled to run for nine days from 21 June in the city, located in the Guangxi province.

Humane Society International (HSI) estimates that 10m dogs are slaughtered in China annually and said that many are stolen from homes and taken off the streets ahead of the Yulin festival.

The World Health Organisation has warned that the dog trade spreads rabies and increases the risk of cholera.

A 2017 survey revealed that in Yulin, nearly three-quarters of people don’t regularly eat dog meat despite efforts by traders to promote it. A 2016 nationwide survey found that 64 per cent of Chinese citizens wanted the Yulin festival shut down and 69.5 per cent have never eaten dog meat.

Dr Peter Li, HSI’s China policy specialist, said that the Yulin festival was a “bloody spectacle [which] does not reflect the mood or eating habits of the majority of the Chinese people”.

He said: “Now that the Chinese government has officially recognised dogs as companions and not livestock, we are hopeful that China will take stronger step to hasten the end of the dog and cat meat trade for which millions of animals continue to suffer every year.

“The announcement presents cities across China with the perfect opportunity to act upon the government’s words by protecting dogs and cats from the meat trade thieves and slaughterhouses.”

China’s ministry of agriculture noted that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s livestock list does not include dogs and said that internationally, dogs are not treated as livestock.

In April, the cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai, were the first in China to officially ban the consumption of cat and dog meat.

The finalised livestock list did officially declare a number of wild animals as “livestock” including several deer species, alpaca, guinea-fowl and the three most commonly farmed wild species for China’s fur trade – racoon dog, silver fox and mink.

The coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China late last year. Covid-19 is thought to have originated in horseshoe bats and passed to humans via an intermediary species.

In response to the outbreak, China issued a temporary ban on all trade and consumption of wild animals and is considering revising legislation to make the ban permanent.

Last week authorities in Wuhan officially banned the eating of all wild animals and said the city would become a “wildlife sanctuary”. Currently, the ban lasts for five years.


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Further WAV Comment:

We are lucky here in the UK that Carrie Symonds; partner of the UK Prime Minister, is an animal welfare campaigner. As such, she has recently been in the UK press campaigning on the issue of the Yuli dog meat festival – you can read about it and see photos via the following link:


Chinese dog meat festival goes ahead in Yulin | World | The Times


Yulin 2020 We need your Help


London Yulin Demonstration – 19/6.


Dear Friends

We have written letters, we have signed petitions and now we are taking to the streets.

Despite the fact the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture confirmed just a few weeks ago that dogs and cats are not livestock. Despite the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic. There is still signs the disgusting Yulin Dog Meat Festival will go ahead.

Our Activists our on the ground ready to stop trucks and we will offer sanctuary in our China shelter to dogs saved.


What else can you do?

Keep pushing the Mayor of Yulin

Donate to help our work and help us safe dogs

There is a demo in London today, 19/6, on the issue of Yulin. Our van is already there. Our lovely rescue Anastasia facing the Embassy saying loud and clear Dogs are not food.


Read it all at:


Yulin Festival: China Dog Meat Eating Event Sparks Backlash | Time


WAV last comment – as we say, the Yulin festival should not now take place; but despite the petitions and the demos; as per one in London today; there is no guarantee that the festival will stop next week – it is due to start for 9 days on 21/6.

All we can hope is that the Chinese authorities enforce the ban on the slaughter of dogs for consumption, and as such stop the Yulin festival. We are watching the situation and will further report when we have news. 21/6 is going to be a very important day; a Go or NOGO situation for the mass slaughter of many dogs at Yulin.

We will report more when we have further news;

Regards Mark.

The fate of a Greek puppy


In September 2009, this picture had caused outrage, anger, and numerous petitions worldwide.
It comes from a town on the island of Crete, Greece, and shows a pitbull puppy bathed in blood because a shit teenager, his owner, cut off his ears with the sheep scissors!! welpe mit geschnittenen Ohren_

The then 19-year-old budding murderer had proudly published the crime via FB and was therefore caught.
Nobody knows whether he was punished.

What is known is the great happiness of the mutilated dog.
He was adopted in Sweden three years after the torture.

Today he has a nice family on his side, people who were then attentive and sensitive to his fate via Facebook and adopted him.
The video says it all.

And I mean…Nothing works more than a victim who has survived torture and murder. A surviving victim is a sting in the flesh of the violent offender.

Hundreds of thousands of evil Facebook comments will never be able to develop as much strength against the psychopath as the pictures of happy, beautiful and characterful animals that were saved and finally get the opportunity to show who they are.

My best regards to all, Venus

A friend is waiting for you…


🐶 Around 300,000 animals end up in German animal shelters every year and are urgently looking for a loving home.
We translated what they would tell us. 👇
(Video is in English)

An animal comes to German animal shelters every 65 minutes.
They are the product of human indifference.

They are either abandoned, given away, or come to the home through official animal trapping and the veterinary office.

The shelters are full, the volunteers work overtime to provide the animals with adequate care, but unfortunately more animals are accepted than mediated.

Many leave their cat or dog in the forest and hope that a merciful hiker will find and save them.
For these animals it means that they are lucky when they end up in the shelter, where most of them stay until the end of their lonely life.

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In Germany the abandoneded animals are piling up.

We used to think that this only happens in southern countries, now it is exactly the same here.

The only difference is that we don’t see the abandoneded animals on the street because the shelters have more money to take them in.

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Give a home to an abandoned animal.

It will be thankful and loyal to you forever, and you will have a dear friend in happy and sad moments of life.

My best regards to all, Venus