Pigen Med Nalen” (The Girl With The Needle) Red Carpet – The 77th Annual Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Julia de Cadenet (M) and Felicity the dog attend the “Pigen Med Nalen” (The Girl With The Needle) Red Carpet at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2024 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Felicity was saved from the dog meat trade in China— now she’s walking the red carpet at Cannes

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, is going on right now, with many of the world’s biggest movie stars in attendance.

But there’s one first-time attendee who is really stealing the show on the red carpet: a Samoyed named Felicity, who was saved from being slaughtered in the dog meat trade.

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Dogs being skinned alive then plunged into boiling water, it’s inhuman – Julia de Cadenet

I have been in Borneo speaking at the Animals For Asia Conference about the work of World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade (NoToDogMeat), the charity I founded. I have been travelling to China since 1999. But it took me until 2009 when I was in Guangdong Southern China, where I came across a horrific dog meat market. What shocked me the most was seeing a torture market was right next to the pet dog market.

We have been at Yulin dog meat fest for a week, it is utterly obscene – JULIA de CADENET

Julia de Cadenet, CEO of the NoToDogMeat charity, is co-ordinating campaigners in the infamous Chinese city of Yulin where its annual dog-eating festival is in full flow. She reports on the horrors being witnessed.

Dotted around the countryside in Guangxi province en route to Yulin is a series of well-concealed puppy and dog farms. Traders supply the desire to eat dogs all year round in this sprawling city.

In 2021 we uncovered so many atrocities that contradicted what the ‘party’ line is when they say there are no dog farms in China.

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Chinese dog meat festival to be biggest for years as organisers ‘put on show’ for tourists

An animal charity has warned a controversial Chinese dog meat festival could be the biggest in years as Covid restrictions are lifted and organisers try to put on a spectacle for tourists. Julia de Cadenet, founder of the NoToDogMeat, is appealing for donations to help volunteers care for dogs her organisation has rescued from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, in Guangxi, China.

No To Dog Meat loses complaint against Mirror article about “missing” donations

Such is the horror felt worldwide at the annual Yulin dog meat festival in China that 11 million people have signed a petition that
has been handed to the Chinese Embassy in London calling for it to be banned.

Last year, I told how a small charity called World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade, also known as No To Dog Meat, had been raising money to support Yang Xiaoyun, a local campaigner against the festival.

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