Bringing attention to the suffering of man's best friend #1 #2

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bringing attention to the suffering of man’s best friend


In Asia, between 25 and 50 MILLION dogs are butchered each year


In Thailand at least 30,000 dogs are captured every month to export into Vietnam as part of the international dog meat trade.


An estimated 2.5 million dogs are eaten every year in South Korea

About Palms2Paws

Palms2Paws was formed to bring attention to the suffering of man’s best friend. The dog has been selectively bred over many thousands of years to perform various tasks from protecting property or animals, providing companionship and love, to rescuing people.

Most people are unaware of the scale of the suffering endured by dogs each year. The extent is truly shocking, as is the cruelty. In Asia between 30m and 50m dogs are killed as part of the dog meat trade every year. That’s the equivalent of a full Wembley stadium every day. In most cases the dogs are stolen strays or pets. They endure terrible cruelty and may be skinned or boiled alive. No animal deserves to suffer this way. Palms2Paws aims to bring attention to this suffering and support those organisations working to bring it to an end.

The fact that a dog meat trade exists on such as scale is a betrayal of dog’s breeding and the special relationship man has developed with this animal.

Take a look at this video of an MP briefing in Parliament organised by Palms2Paws founders Shoshanna and Keith.

Our Mission

Palms2Paws is not just about the dog meat trade. It is about ending all dog suffering. The use of Beagles for scientific testing for example is another cause for which Palms2Paws fights.

We ask you to join us in helping raise awareness of the suffering of dogs and to drive support for the people and organisations fighting to change things.

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is the dog.

A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side.

He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world.

He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey thru the heavens.”

A Dog Poem By: Senator George Vest – 1870


About the Campaigners

My initial love for dogs came about after having lived with an Australian Cattle Dog for several years. During a holiday to Italy I came across a local stray village dog who was very badly injured having been hit by a speeding car. After a visit to the vets I began the process of bringing the dog to my home in the UK. My second dog is a stray beach dog I came across during a holiday to Thailand. Having followed me everywhere (it could be something to do with all the food I was feeding him!) I realised I couldn’t leave without him, and so I began the 6 month process to fly him to the UK. It was during this time I heard about the horrific dog meat trade and cruelty endured by these incredible animals. Myself and Keith have since worked together to raise awareness and find new ways to help end global dog suffering.

I currently live with my two best friends (Ozzie and Bonbon) in San Diego, California.

I got involved in the campaign against the dog meat trade after talking to Shoshanna who had recently joined my company. I discovered she had two rescue dogs, one from Italy and one from Thailand. As a dog owner and dog lover myself I was interested to understand why Shoshanna had adopted the two dogs from overseas. This is when I first learnt about the dog meat trade in Thailand and neighbouring Asian countries. Appalled and sickened by what I found out as I researched the issue, I embarked on this journey to raise awareness of the horrific trade. I am now a member of APGAW and am committed to seeing an end to dog suffering. I am the proud owner of Tilly, a Beagle and Ben a Leonberger. I am a firm believer that how we treat animals is a reflection of the strength of our humanity. Dogs provide us with special relationships and unconditional love. They of all animals absolutely deserve better from humanity.

I have always loved animals and had a bohemian childhood growing up in Indonesia surrounded by stray animals. I am happiest in the company of animals and after working in Parliament as a defence researcher, the opportunity arose to run and develop The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW), an all-party group made up of MPs, peers and associate animal welfare organisations or groups with a specific interest in this area. The aim of the group is to promote and further the case of animal welfare by all means available to the Parliaments at Westminster and in Europe. I am responsible for writing reports, letters to government departments and articles, and basically making sure animal welfare is considered by decision makers. I also run the Canine & Feline Sector Group (CFSG) which brings all of the key stakeholder groups together to improve health and welfare of dogs and cats in the UK. I am the writer of a number of recognised and acknowledged reports on dog welfare including A Healthier Future For Pedigree Dogs and The Dog Strategy 2015.

One of my other roles involves forestry plantations across Asia and it often involves going off the beaten track where I have sadly witnessed the dog meat trade and horrendous cruelty firsthand in places like Laos, Vietnam, India and China. On these travels I have found that dogs always seek out humans and actively look for their companionship. It is utterly wrong that in some places they are treated with such cruelty in response and I hope that Palms2Paws can create a loud enough voice to stop that happening.




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