By: Beverly Kwakye
Real Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump joined lawmakers and animal rights activists on Capitol Hill last week for a hearing to discuss the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, unethical dog meat trade in Asia, and to further spread the initiative of her animal rights campaign, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation.
Florida Congressman Alcee L. Hastings began by explaining the impact of China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival and how it has resulted in 10,000 dogs being boiled, burned, skinned alive, and subject to several other forms of maltreatment. Hastings explained how many of those dogs tortured “are family pets stolen from homes and the abuse is sick.”
According to Hastings, the Yulin festival emerged from the belief that “physical torture produces better tasting meat.”
Although the festival started in China, Hastings recognized that there are many in China and other regions who strongly oppose this practice.
Before the other panelists further addressed the dog meat trade issue, Hastings explained that there has been some success in halting this practice thanks to several of the panelists.
Although past efforts to end Yulin have been unsuccessful, after introducing the Bill H.Res.752, Hastings said that 114 “members of the House of Representatives have signed on to the resolution.” The congressman hopes to soon introduce another resolution that instead targets all nations.
According to Hastings, Vanderpump wants a domino effect to happen with all nations as a result of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation’s work.
The Vanderpump Dog Foundation designed by Vanderpump and her husband, Kenn Todd, was created to build a more humane world for all dogs worldwide.
Vanderpump presented listeners with a presentation produced by the Vanderpump Dog Foundation titled, “(We All Are) Looking For Home” (A Voice For the Animals) Stop Dog Torture Now. The presentation depicted caged dogs and animals left in other inhumane conditions.
Vanderpump explained how two years ago she became aware of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival through social media.
“We could not rest until this practice has ended,” Vanderpump said of her husband’s and her own thoughts on the tragedy.
The foundation works both domestically and internationally to initiate reform.
Vanderpump ended by urging all individuals to take a stand against Yulin.
“Today is the day we stand before you and ask for your help,” Vanderpump stated.