What will the Duo Duo Project do over the next 3-5 years to fight against the dog and cat meat trade in China?
After Covid, we are reinvigorated and ready to spread awareness and education around bringing our beloved dogs and cats out of the misery of the meat trade.
We wanted to take a moment to talk you through some of our big ideas and goals over the next 3-5 years.
Yes, it's very difficult to tackle a century old illegal practice that is so layered in tradition and cultural customs - but after 10 years boots on the ground, we know that with the right strategies, tools and support, anything is possible.
For the last 10 years, we have been garnering on-ground experience and working within local communities in China. We have developed what we know to be the most effective strategies.
We believe that dismantling the problem from the inside-out has seen the most constructive change, and we’re dedicated to continuing our work to transition people in these communities into cruelty-free work.
Here are our major strategic goals for the next 3-5 years:
1. Establish our first animal clinic in China, and make it possible to:
provide free spay and neuter services and animal care for stray animals
create a mobile team to broaden access to free spay and neuter service
serve as a spay and neuter training base for veterinarians from other cities
2. Open more animal welfare education centers in areas where the dog and cat meat trade is prevalent.
Our first center in Yulin, where the infamous annual dog meat festival is held, is very popular with young Chinese people who understand the cruelty involved in the dog meat trade and are passionately against it. The Duo Duo Project plans to replicate this model across more cities in China where the dog and cat meat trade is still widely accepted, to further educate and transform the minds of communities and inspire real change on a local level.
3. Distributing grants to young entrepreneurs.
As we raise more money through our website, the Duo Duo Project plans to offer grants to young entrepreneurs in Yulin and other cities in China that eat dogs and cats. The next generation in China think very differently about the dog and cat meat trade as opposed to older generations, and by providing them with a small amount of capital, we can support their innovation as they create alternative ways to end the cruel trade.