WDA's Milestones

2013
1 June, 2013
Where It All Began

After finding out the brutality of the dog meat trade in Asia, Genlin decided to establish the WDA to save the 30 million dogs that are stolen and slaughtered for food every year.

2014
12 December, 2014
WDA's Founding Ceremony

The founding ceremony of the WDA was held in Hong Kong University. Animal activists from all over the world attended.

2015
1 August, 2015
Documentary: EATING HAPPINESS

Genlin produced this documentary to reveal the barbaric truth of the dog meat trade in Asia.

Watch the trailer

26 September, 2015
926 Dog Lovers’ Day

The first Dog Lovers’ Day was launched by WDA. The documentary Eating Happiness was screened in major cities around the world.

2016
12 September, 2016
The Largest Dog Meat Market in South Korea Closed

In response to a parliamentary petition initiated by WDA, the UK parliament applied pressure to the South Korean government through diplomatic means, resulting in the closure of Moran Market, the biggest dog meat market in South Korea.

2017
11 April, 2017
Dog and Cat Meat Banned in Taiwan

WDA’s campaign led to the successful passage of a dog and cat meat ban in Taiwan, making Taiwan a beacon of hope in Asia.

2018
12 December, 2018
Dog and Cat Meat Ban Passed in the US Congress

The United States Congress passed the Farm Bill which outlaws dog and cat meat consumption. It sets a historic milestone for WDA’s legislative efforts in the United States.


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2019
6 March, 2019
White Paper Drafted by the WDA

A Chinese congressman introduced the Companion Animal Protection Act which proposes banning dog meat consumption and increasing punishment for dog theft. Not only does WDA’s legislative endeavor save our beloved animal friends, it also shed a light of hope to their caregivers.

Read the white paper

13 March, 2019
100 Dog Meat Restaurants Found in Japan

Using the firsthand and in-depth information provided by the WDA, a Japanese congressman brought up the dog meat issue during an interpellation session in the Japanese Congress.

 The surprising fact that more than 100 dog meat restaurants exist in Japan sent shock waves through the world. WDA’s target is to legislate a ban on dog and cat meat in Japan.

10 June, 2019
Dog and Cat Meat Ban Proposed in Italy

The WDA worked with Italian Congresswoman Michela Brambilla to introduce a bill to outlaw dog and cat meat in Italy.


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10 July, 2019
Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill to Ban Dog and Cat Meat in the UK

The UK Parliament agreed to an amendment to include a dog and cat meat ban in the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill. WDA’s campaigning efforts in the UK over the years has come to fruition.

28 July, 2019
International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dog and Cat Meat

The WDA drafted the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dog and Cat Meat. Congressmen in the US and Members of Parliament in the UK have pledged to back WDA’s campaign.

2020
7 February, 2020
WDA United US Representatives to Sign Joint Letter to President Donald Trump

30 bipartisan US Representatives (15 Republicans and 15 Democrats) co-signed a letter urging President Trump to initiate the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats.

7 March, 2020
WDA United UK MPs to Sign Joint Letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson

67 Members of Parliament signed a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urge him to initiate the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats.

The letter was written by Giles Watling MP, the Co-Chair of APPG Animal Welfare Group and Vice-Chair of APPG Dog Welfare Group.

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29 May, 2020
Chinese Government Heralds the Ban on Dog and Cat Meat

In a historic move, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs excluded dogs from the national “Directory of Genetic Resources of Livestock and Poultry” and reclassified dogs as “companion animals”.

3 December, 2020
Japanese Lawmakers Call for International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats

Hidehisa Otsuji, chairman of the Parliamentary League for Animal Welfare, along with 10 members of the league, submitted a request letter to Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide in The Prime Minister’s Official Residence, turning a historic page on animal welfare in Japan. The request letter also lays the groundwork for a joint initiative between the United States and Japan on the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats.