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Englishman in China continued

It’s been a while since my last post and a lot has happened since then so thought I would play a little bit of catch up.

Where to start? Well first of all, another dog has entered our threshold. Haha. Strange story, we were actually given this tiny little puppy in a plastic bag. She had scabies, was tiny and was just under a month old and we didn’t know if she was going to live. Anyway, this woman ran over gave Emily this bag, with the dog inside, said she didn’t want it and ran off. Now, the chances are that in China, a dog this young has come from a puppy mill. She was in terrible shape. So we took her to the vets and have been looking after her ever since. Since then we have called her Misty. She has a very big personality! She loves attention and is now almost fully recovered and full of life. Unfortunately due to our circumstances we can’t keep her. I would love nothing more than to have her but it just wouldn’t be fair. Luckily, I reached out to a charity called Slaughterhouse Survivors based in Harbin, China. They rescue dogs form all over China and give them a safe space until they can travel to the UK or the US for a forever home. They are going to take Misty once she is fully vaccinated and find her a forever home. I will most likely cry when she leaves, anyone who knows me knows that I am a big animal lover and I bond with every animal I meet.

So why the post? Because China has the biggest market for dog meat in the world. Even though the Chinese government apparently banned this a year ago, it has made no difference. In fact there have actually been some other changes brought about making it even easier to use dogs for meat. According to new laws in China, if your dog is now found to be off the leash, anywhere, it can be taken away and destroyed. If there is a complaint of any kind against a dog, whether this be noise or aggressive behaviour they can be taken away and destroyed. Now when dogs are destroyed in China they are usually, used for dog meat. This will be a big part of this as I am doing a big challenge to help raise money to save dogs from the meat trade in China. The charity rescue many dogs. The dogs they get are often very ill and malnourished and just not looked after in any way. They pay for vets bills, operations and treatments and get them to safe places abroad. Dogs here are sold to meat traders and restaurants. Stolen from parks to sell for meat. Stray dogs are taken away for meat. Dogs are bred in puppy mills for the sole purpose of meat. When a dog can no longer be looked after they often abandon it and it is collected for meat. A new law has now been introduced in China, where they are now trying to control the dogs which are allowed to be bred in China. This fits into their, “civilised” outlook. They do not want big dogs to be bred anymore in China. So big dogs have now been targeted frequently.

Being in China and seeing some of these circumstances is a big eye opener. As a society, I think sometimes, we turn a blind eye, unless it is something we are seeing first hand. Which is one of the reasons I’m writing this post today, too shed some light on it, show what I’m going to be doing to try and help and a few other bits.

So what am I doing? I am doing a challenge during the national holiday in China. (1st October – 7th October). The challenge will be broken up into two parts. Part 1 is a 10km dog (bear) crawl on my hands and feet. There will then be a days rest, then for 5 days I will be attempting to lift a total of 1,00,000kg (1 million kg) in five days, using only my legs. I have set up a just giving page for this challenge, with the goal of reaching one thousand pounds for the charity Slaughterhouse Survivors. They are currently housing 500 dogs waiting to be sent abroad, however this is currently very difficult because of the coronavirus as someone needs to be present on the plane when they fly. Many of them need medical attention and as a charity they rely on donations etc. I’m trying to raise as much as I can for them so these dogs can get the urgent medical care they need and help them pay the thousands pounds worth of medical bills they will be charged.

Because it is such a big challenge I have given myself a good period for training, and will be starting a vlog on YouTube which will be posted at another date. But for now I will be posting updates on here and more information. The link for the JustGiving page is here >>>>> any spare pennies that anyone has are much appreciated as are any shares on social media. Will be doing plenty of updates with what I am doing and the dogs which Slaughterhouse Survivors are currently helping.

Thanks for taking the time to read



Published by Zac France

Rugby player and basketball player. Finding my feet in China.

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