THE CHINA Kennel Union (CKU) has issued a statement on the work it has done to try to improve canine welfare in its country.

The statement, which is on the Fédération Cynologique Internationale’s (FCI) website and on Facebook, says it has urged its government to take action and hopes other FCI member countries will join with it to do the same.

The CKU’s statement has been released after weeks of unrest since it was revealed that the 2019 World Show would be held in China. The announcement coincided with the annual dog eating festival in Yulin, and has led to acrimony between the FCI and the Norwegian Kennel Club particularly, which has been threatened with sanctions.

This week the CKU took action to try to explain to the world that it has sought to improve dog welfare and to prevent them being tortured and slaughtered for food.

“The CKU knows its own social responsibility,” the statement reads. “We have always tried to improve dog welfare in China and urge the Chinese government to make legislation to protect dogs.”

The CKU joined the FCI in 2006.

“Although the history of dog showing in China is not very long, with the promotion by the CKU over the past nine years numbers of registered members, registered dogs and shows all have grown tremendously,” it goes on. “Thanks to our relentless efforts there is a great improvement in dog welfare in China.”

Strong support

The Union receives strong support from breeders and owners, the CKU says. Holding the show in China in 2019 will mean the world will focus on the country, and the CKU is hoping other FCI member countries will support China ‘without limit’ to urge the Chinese government to establish dog welfare legislation in the country.

“We also hope that by holding this 2019 FCI World Dog Show, the Chinese government will pay intensive attention to protecting dogs and reducing the torturing and slaughtering of them,” the statement continues.

“It is undeniable, for the reasons of multiple ethnic groups and traditions, that in minor regions of China the problem of eating dogs still exists. The CKU has always been aware of its basic responsibility to improve dog welfare, and to resolve this problem we need the attention of the government and long-term education.”

The CKU has done much in a bid to improve canine welfare, the writer states, listing its achievements which include ‘186 public welfare activities on dog rescue’ in more than 40 cities in nine years. In 2011 it rescued more than 500 dogs destined for slaughter, placed them with the country’s Small Animal Protection Association (SAPA) and donated food, bedding and other items.

The CKU and SAPA are working together to help stray dogs, the statement says. In 2013 the CKU made donations worth 450,000 euros to the SAPA’s shelter, and a year ago the CKU supported 800 of the dogs there by donating 25,000 euros.

In a bid to improve the living conditions at the shelter, CKU staff and members are volunteer workers there helping with the dogs, their care and training.

“We hope these dogs enjoy a better life and healthier conditions and can find loving owners and sweet homes as soon as possible,” the statement says. “We call on our members and the masses to refuse dog meat, treat dogs well and care about the veterans.”

The CKU made its bid for the World Show with SAPA, the statement says.

“We hope it will attract more attention from the government and the whole society so as to enact relevant protection laws to prevent dogs from being harmed and ill-treated. Dogs are human beings’ friends and, even more, they are our families!

“We sincerely hope you support us and understand.”