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Newsletter – April 14, 2020

 
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Sign CARE Petition: We need strict laws to
ban illegal killing and selling of small animals

 
 
“The new COVID-19 coronavirus, SARS, MERS, Ebola, Avian Influenza, and Swine Flu are all derived from animals. Serious rethinking of the food animal industries is called for, and we need strict laws banning the illegal killing and selling of small animals.”
 
Thanks to our modern global transportation systems, we can travel from one side of the world to the other in a day, and buy and sell goods from other countries with ease. But this also means that diseases can spread at the same speed and ease. Viruses emerging in one country or region are no longer only that country’s or region’s problem.
 
The new COVID-19 coronavirus is strongly suspected of being derived from infected pangolins and transmitted to humans from contact while being sold in a market in the city of Wuhan in central China.
 
Contagious diseases are quicker to spread between individuals of the same or different species when they are in close proximity to one another, such as in farms, markets, and slaughterhouses. There are large and small markets all over China where all sorts of wild animals are secretly traded and small animals, including stolen cats and dogs, are all shut up in cages. They are slaughtered and cooked on the spot, or their meat is taken somewhere else. Their blood, feces and other secretions are spread on clothing, on hands, and the ground. It is the perfect environment for the spread of infection, both within and between species.
 
In South Korea, there are illegal dog slaughterhouses and the illegal slaughter of small animals in street markets all throughout the country. And Korea is the only country in the world to have dog farms, in which dogs are raised in large groups in unsanitary conditions for their meat. Korean dog farms often breed chickens alongside the dogs, and the two species are slaughtered in the same facility.
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Senior Dogs Still Dream of Adoption After 10 Years 

 
 
Five to six years have flown by since these senior dogs—with an average age of 10 years—came into our shelter. Nobody ever asked for their adoption. With a small dog’s average lifespan of 15 years, they may only have a few more years to live.
 
Do these older dogs still have a chance of finding a family?
 
Due to our greatest priority being dog slaughterhouse and farm rescues, most of the dogs at our shelter are either large or mixed breeds. There are few small—and no purebred—dogs at our shelter. And while we fervently hope that they live their remaining years in warmth and happiness with adoptive families, we face the cold reality that being of old age and mixed breed does not, and did not, make them desirable to many people.
 
Then a light appeared at the end of the tunnel. A Canadian organization reached out and offered to help find homes for 5 to 10 dogs per month. Senior dog adoption is more common in Canada than in South Korea.
Click HERE to learn more.
 

 
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