No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB) continues its fight on the front lines by evacuating its survivors of the dog meat trade to Canada. NDLB’s decision to evacuate these dogs to its Safe House in Toronto was in direct response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) pronouncement suspending the importation of dogs from 113 countries.
The CDC’s pronouncement, which was made without any consultation with those in the international rescue community, has resulted in smaller international rescues from all around the world ceasing their rescue operations, either because the costs to comply were too high or the logistics were too challenging without large scale resources. As a result, dogs who were once saved from horrendous cases of abuse and neglect are now left to suffer and die because the CDC made it impossible for these organizations to continue their rescue work.
It didn’t have to be this way. There was an answer to solve for the CDC’s concern while allowing all international rescues to continue fighting for these dogs: the CDC could have required all dogs being imported from a high-risk rabies country to have a valid rabies titer test. Rescues, however, were never granted the opportunity to meet with the CDC to propose solutions to the CDC’s concerns, and the result was an overly broad ban on the importation of all dogs who do not qualify for a CDC import permit.
“We must be able to continue our life saving work in East Asia if we are to make change happen,” says NDLB Founder, Jeffrey Beri. NDLB’s mission is much broader than the rescue and adoption of its individual survivors. Its mission is to end the dog meat trade in East Asia and to fight for global animal welfare laws. The closure of the US borders to its survivors did not, and will not, stop its fight on the front lines every single day in East Asia. But it did make it more difficult.
“I will not turn my back on our survivors, or the millions of dogs in East Asia who deserve to be saved from the barbaric dog meat trade,” says NDLB Founder, Jeffrey Beri. “The inability to transport our survivors to their adopters in the United States threatened the rescue work we are doing in East Asia,” Beri explains. “We had no choice but to look for a solution to evacuate our survivors so that we can continue to make room for newly rescued survivors.”
With its Toronto Safe House fully operational and its survivors being evacuated to freedom regularly now, NDLB hopes to be able to assist other international rescues so that they can also continue their life saving work. “NDLB is blessed to have established a presence in such an amazing country with such amazing people who have opened up their hearts and their homes to our slaughterhouse survivors” says Beri. “All of this is in the name of change.”
NDLB is leading the efforts in fighting for global animal welfare reform. If you would like to donate to support its efforts in ending the illegal dog meat trade in East Asia, click here.
About No Dogs Left Behind: No Dogs Left Behind operates boots on the ground in East Asia, fighting on the frontlines to rescue dogs from the illegal dogmeat trade. We work hands-on with local activists through emergency response, pulling dogs directly from slaughterhouses, dogmeat trucks, wet markets and traffickers. Our mission extends beyond borders, advocating for the creation and enforcement of animal welfare laws, and raising awareness for a cruelty-free, sustainable world in which no animal is violated, exploited, tortured or slaughtered for commercial goods or profit. With nearly 500 survivors in our care, No Dogs Left Behind operates sanctuaries in Dayi and Gongyi in East Asia.
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