Hiya my friends!! For those who do not know me personally, my name is Gary Edwards, from North East England..Many of you are aware of my passion for animals & the work I do in promoting animal cruelty awareness & trying to stop it, in all its forms..
I have always had a deep desire to do something active, in my quest to help the poor animals in the Far East. It began many years ago, when I first saw the horrific videos on the Fur trade, and how dogs, cats, etc were systematically butchered, many having the fur ripped from their backs, whilst STILL ALIVE, and tossed onto piles of dead & dying animals. Then these dog killers would label this fur as fake, to be exported to many Countries, even here in the UK, used as trim on clothing, in cuddly toys etc...
You will all understand the outrage I felt, the feeling of helplessness..So I ended up printing flyers & leaflets, and heading into my local Town Centre, with a small folding table, and took these leaflets with me, handing them out to the public, and showing as many people as possible, just what was really going on..
But still..this was not enough...
Finally, through my contacts, I have managed to contact one of the main Charities in the Philippines, which rescues these God forsaken animals, and have been in touch with the Founder and President of the International Wildlife Coalition Trust ( see links-->
Now I have been given an opportunity to visit the Sanctuary, and become a volunteer worker. They do fantastic work & collaborate with various organisations, such as the AKF (Animal Kingdom Foundation) and Rescue Center. This centre is where I shall be working & the animals that are rescued from their living hell are brought here. Many are traumatised & need specialist care, before being integrated into the holding kennels. The Vets who work here, perform operations, such as Spays etc...and eventually the animals are adopted, sponsored & are found loving homes, instead of ending up butchered on the dinner tables of illegal restaurant owners. The animals which cannot be rehomed, are able to live their lives in tranquility & happiness at the shelter, to spend the rest of their days without fear...
The Phillippines now have new Laws in place, mainly thanks to Organisations such as the above mentioned, and work closely with the Police, performing raids on the illegal trade in dog meat. New anti-rabies laws have been passed, making it illegal to sell dog meat, but despite all this, the fight continues, as many traders still try to smuggle dogs in the dead of night, usually crammed into cages so small, that many die before arrival..The ones left endure horrific deaths..
The Founder & President of the above organisations, Mr Charles Wartenberg, has dedicated his life to saving animals, and he truly is a man of action, who set up such organisations, and has been the main influence in changing Philippine Law, to make this evil trade illegal. He works tirelessely (as do all the members & staff) to save these dogs from this trade, and is an inspiration to us all...Please support Charles, and the organisations in the above links, in any way you can, from donations, to spreading the word, as although much has been achieved, the work continues, to eradicate this trade in dog meat.
This is the reason I am heading to this Country...To save as many dogs as possible & for the ones saved, make their lives better...
But let me assure you that MOST Phillippines people are lovely, kind people, who love animals, and are generous and hate cruelty...As always, its a minority who persist in this trade & who want to eat dog meat, but even though much work has been done to eradicate this evil trade, it does still persist, hidden away from the eyes of the many, and this is the reason for the rescue centres being there.
See this video, showing the Sanctuary rescuing dogs, destined for the meat markets-->
Remember I am just one ordinary man, with little money, who last travelled abroad almost 30yrs ago,when I was 14 yrs old, let alone travelling over 6000 miles, to a very different World!! Yes, I am scared, Yes, I am terrified of flying, Yes, I am struggling to find the funds to travel there, but somehow I WILL succeed...
I HAVE to...Its my calling in life & always has been. I am not a special person in doing this..Every one of those poor dogs ARE the special ones, and for EVERY animal that I have witnessed die a horrific death (see my many videos), THEY are the reason I do this. So that they did not die in vain..Every dog & cat & other animals that I see in my videos, as I watch their faces, I made a promise, to save their friends & THATS why I do what I do, and therefore, I will succeed...
Remember.. Saving one animal may not change the world...but surely, for that one animal, the world will change forever!
Please buy my published book..A special, supernatural, heartwarming tale about a very special little dog, who save's a man in every way.
Also, my latest book documenting the work being done, by the Animal Kingdom Foundation in the Philippines to save these dogs, is available here and has lots of photos of the staff, and the animals, now living happy lives, instead of being butchered and ending up on someone's dinner-table! Click below to preview & buy.
All sales contribute to this cause. This is the ONLY WAY, I will be able to afford to make these trips, and help these poor animals in the Far East. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to every person who has already bought my books!! I love you all..Sincerely, Gary Edwards.
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Since 1998, we have petitioned against this trade in dog meat, and have sucessfully brought about changes in Filippino law, which came into effect in 2007, to make this trade illegal. This has resulted in drastic improvements, as prior to 2007, approximately 1.5 million dogs were being slaughtered every year, and that figure has been reduced to around 100 thousand. Sadly, this still equates to around 2000 dogs being brutally killed every week...
The cultural aspect of eating dog meat is based on a 7000 year old spiritual ritual, and not the reasons that this trade exists today. In today's society, the motivation behind this cruel trade is financial greed & profits for the traders. The dogs are often stolen pets, and when we perform raids on the dog traders, with help from the local police, on many occasions, we have encountered slaughtered dogs with their collars still attached. There are no humane slaughter methods. The dogs are bashed over the heads with sticks, having their throats cut, or stabbed in the groin area, and the other dogs are stacked in cages, and are made to watch the slaughter, to terrify them further, as the traders believe that the meat tastes better, if the dogs are terrified.
Seeing 100's of dogs crammed tightly in tiny cages, unable to move and breath is a terrible sight to behold. Many die from suffocation and heat exhaustion before they are slaughtered. The ones who survive are brutally beaten and killed.
The Animal Kingdom Foundation have a 2 Hectare facility 90km North of the capital, Manila. Here, the many dogs that we rescue, are free to live happy, contented lives, cared for by our kennel staff and veterinarians. We hold adoption days to rehome as many dogs as we can. We also visit various locations throughout the Country, visiting schools to educate children on animal welfare. We also provide free vaccination days and perform free spay operations for those who cannot afford to have their pets neutered.
Since I first began working for the charity, I now promote their work in the UK, taking part in TV appearances, writing books, and generally promoting the charity, in order to raise much needed donations to continue the work..
However, we have a new crisis emerging...
The Animal Kingdom Foundation has always leased the shelter land, since becoming operational in 1998. That lease is due to expire. We need to actually purchase this land, in order to secure the future for the many dogs we currently have, and for those that we rescue in the future. Without our kennels, the dogs will have nowhere to go, and will most likely be put to sleep.
I ask humbly for all donations..however small, as every penny counts, to make the future of the shelter a certainty...