As many of you know I am a huge animal lover and I am totally obsessed with my golden Bernie. I love him probably more then anything in this world; his dedication, kind and pure heart and unconditional love. I would do anything for him and if anyone would ever try to hurt him I would probably give my life for him. Now , for those of you who are not a dog person - you probably think that I am crazy, but he is my baby, so imagine the feeling you have for your child - that's how I feel about my dog.
I also want you to know that I am very sensitive and understanding of different cultures and traditions and one of the reasons I love this country is its diversity. I agree that we can not judge others according to our own principles and morality. I also understand that we make the decisions in our lives according to our upbringing and what we were taught.
I recently researched the dog and cat meat industry in Asia.... Fist of all I am not vegetarian and I do eat animals and yes, I know - it's the order of the world... well, we can start arguing over this, but that's not the point. I get it that some countries are very poor and people have nothing to eat and if your family is starving and the only meat you can get is a dog or cat. However when I read about this more I learned that it is one of the most brutal and inhumane practices. The fact is that in China, Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia and Philippines it is believed that the more adrenaline is released when the animal is slaughtered the better quality the meat is, and that it even has some healing properties. Dogs and cats are burned and boiled alive, have their limbs cut off and skin peeled off them while still alive.... I won't get into details, but they are the most horrific deaths you can imagine.... if you are interested you can google it and there are tons of photos, videos and articles....
No being should ever have to endure this kind of pain and suffering and especially not dogs and cats! I don't know much about cats but dogs were not domesticated to be a slaughter animals - they were supposed to be a companion animals - we bred them to be loyal, trusting and loving to humans. And to think that such horrendous things are done to them breaks my heart. Also p many of the dog and cats tortured like this are not actually bred for meat, they are often stolen or lost family pets...
I know there are many issues in this world and that we can not change all of them, but I believe that awareness is transforming and the more people know about this the bigger chance that things change. I believe that though education of the locals in those countries, and through conversation and pressing on the governments, new laws can be put in place and the existing ones enforced. So if you have families in the above countries please make them aware of this issue ask them to spread the word, to petition with their governments...
Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with this issue at :
There are many petitions you can find throughout the above site, please sign and spread the word.
Thank you for your time and for reading this!
Aleksandra and Bernie