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18 July 2001 Issue
The Fight To Keep Dogs Off The Menu

from conectus@enternet.co.nz 

A global Petition which has attracted nearly 4 million signatures and supporters is to be presented to the United Nations in November. Representatives from New Zealand, Norway, Italy and Great Britain will be attending the presentation. The Petition is protesting the fact that China is importing

western breed dogs, namely, Saint Bernards, Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Tibetan Mastiffs and breeding them as livestock for food.

Some quarters have said that there is nothing to be done as it is China's "culture" to eat dogs. Mrs. Elly Maynard, Initiator of the Petition and President of Phoenix Animal Trust New Zealand disagrees. "If you want to talk 'culture', then these animals belong to ours. We breed them purely

as domestic companion animals not food and this will never happen". Four million people agree and the signatures are still coming in from every part of the world.

With many Asian countries now banning the slaughter and sale of dog meat, it is about time that China became a part of the world and followed suit. Otherwise, it will seem that this country thinks they can do what they please with our animals. The Korean dog situation is horrendous and our

animals are being slaughtered the same, though with the Saints, the slaughter has been refined to include cutting holes in their paws and letting them bleed to death, breaking of legs the night before slaughter and of course, the live skinning so the coats do not shed to name a few methods.

Mrs. Maynard is fully committed to this cause and will be traveling to Rome to present the Petition. "We want the dogs classified as not for human consumption. While the United Nations do not set laws, they have the power to classify these animals on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN list of all edible animals. It is interesting to note that dogs do not appear anywhere on the list."

The breeding/cross breeding of these beautiful animals was started as a pure money making venture. The Saints were chosen because they did not bite and had large litters of puppies. To all those signing the international petitions there is also no difference between a full bred Saint Bernard and a cross bred one. The breeding of these animals as livestock is abhorrent.

Great Britain is presently voting on a Bill which will safeguard all animals going to Asia. It has passed the first Reading unopposed and goes to a Second Reading in three weeks time.

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