UPDATE June 20, 2017: Following the investigation and public outcry, Carrefour reached out to us with the next message:
Following your article, Carrefour wish to specify that this can be a in the neighborhood produced product which is offered in most effective 2 shops in Xuzhou (Jiangsu). We in an instant took the pieces off of the cabinets. Carrefour confirms its dedication to prohibit the sale of canine and cat meat in all its shops.
Original article dated June 13, 2017:
European grocery store chain, Carrefour, has been stuck promoting canine meat in a minimum of two in their Chinese shops, regardless of guarantees to discontinue promoting the goods.
When the French-owned grocery store chain Carrefour – which has over 10,000 shops throughout Europe – have been first knowledgeable in regards to the cruelty, illegal activity and well being dangers related to canine meat in 2012, they promised in an e mail they’d stop to take advantage of the cruelty of the canine meat business.
Despite Carrefour’s preliminary assurances, an Animals Asia follow-up investigation in 2016 came upon two branches in the Chinese town of Xuzhou with canine meat merchandise brazenly on sale.
Investigators noticed a lot of canine meat merchandise comparable to “Fankuai turtle-juiced dog meat” which prices 136 RMB (roughly 20 USD) and lists canine meat amongst its substances.
Emails to Carrefour’s France-based headquarters have been left unanswered and some other consult with to the branches in May 2017 by means of Ya Dong – a consulting corporate wholly owned and urged by means of Animals Asia – printed the goods persevered to be offered.
Animals Asia Founder and CEO Jill Robinson MBE mentioned, “it’s vastly disappointing to animal fanatics around the globe that Carrefour is striking benefit sooner than the wellbeing of China’s canine. Our investigations into the business, which now we have shared with Carrefour, disclose illegality, cruelty and public protection considerations at each and every level of the canine meat provide chain. Yet they proceed to promote canine meat merchandise.
“It is commonplace for the West to criticize China’s cat and canine meat industry, however here’s a European grocery store brazenly taking advantage of it.
“We have given Carrefour every opportunity to end their association with the cruel dog meat industry, but instead they have continued to profit from this cruelty. It will no doubt be a shock to many of Carrefour’s customers in Europe that the company has expressed such scant regard for animal cruelty concerns.”
Animals Asia’s Cat and Dog Welfare Director Irene Feng added, “few other people in China be expecting a grocery store to hold canine meat merchandise. Eating canine and cats is a minority job which is thought of as out-dated by means of the younger and middle-class. As different chains have proven, supermarkets don’t want to cater to this marketplace.
“The last thing China’s animal protection campaigners need is for a modern, international supermarket chain to normalize cat and dog eating and support an industry rife with cruelty and illegality. It sends entirely the wrong message about the cruelty behind the industry and misreads the direction the country is moving in. From both an ethical and a business standpoint Carrefour’s decision makes no sense and we hope they will think again.”
Media studies estimate as much as 10 million canine are slaughtered once a year for meat in China, but a long-term Animals Asia investigation discovered no proof of any so-called farms with large-scale breeding amenities.
The investigation’s findings give a boost to long-standing claims that almost all of the canine slaughtered for his or her meat are stolen pets and strays snatched from the streets.
Many of those canine obtain no vaccinations or well being assessments previous to being slaughtered elevating fears for public well being in particular as many are poisoned with cyanide all the way through seize.
As a results of well-liked canine thefts with insufficient police motion, atypical Chinese have taken issues into their very own palms with vigilante violence ensuing in quite a few human deaths annually – whilst canine snatchers have additionally been recognized to kill canine homeowners looking to save their pets.
Sign Animals Asia’s petition asking Carrefour to prevent promoting canine meat: https://www.animalsasia.org/carrefourdogmeat.
To be informed extra in regards to the Asian canine meat industry, watch this in-depth interview with Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation founder and suggest, Marc Ching.