It was an honor to interview Lola Webber, co-founder of Change for Animals Foundation. Lola is a dedicated animal advocate who has been working hard to stop the dog meat trade in Asia. In this interview Lola shares her experiences and insights about the Korean dog meat trade.
About Lola Webber
Lola Webber (BSc hons, MSc) is a co-founder and program director at Change For Animals Foundation.
Based in Bali, Indonesia, Lola leads on CFAF’s campaigns to end the dog meat trades throughout Asia and our project work to improve the lives of wildlife in captivity in Vietnam. Living, volunteering and working in several countries have provided Lola with an understanding of the complex issues associated with animal welfare and the importance of being able to communicate the ethical, scientific and cultural aspects to different audiences.
Lola’s previous experience includes volunteering at a chimpanzee rehabilitation centre in the national park of Haut Niger, Guinea, West Africa and at several small animal shelters in India. After finishing her Master’s degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London, Lola spent 3 years working for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) as Campaign Co-ordinator, developing and delivering the campaign to end the dog meat industry in South Korea, managing WSPA’s involvement in the anti-fur campaign, and contributing to the development of WSPA’s priority ‘Red Collar Campaign’ to end the inhumane culling of dogs.
Her determination to end the dog meat trades began after witnessing the brutality of the trade first hand in 2011; and with a Masters in Wild Animal Biology, Lola is equipped with the knowledge and passion to promote high welfare standards for wildlife in captivity where the need is greatest.
After three years living in Singapore, Lola is now based in Bali with her family, including her two lovely rescue dogs and CFAF’s beloved ambassador dog, Django who was rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea.
Anaiá Arraes says
Gratulation….. Good exemple ;)
Ron Crawford says
How hard is it to convince these people what they are doing to the worlds smartest animals is not only wrong but inhumane..Why not eat fish and chicken and why invoke suffering before killing when there is no actual proven benefit what so ever..Just torture for the thrill..Its sick and makes People like me never want to visit such barbaric countries for fear of catching someone doing such horrors and killing them and imprisoned because they have no animal protection laws..So I would be imprisoned instead of the Animal abuser..So for this and many other reasons with regards to animals is why I have no dedire to ever vidt such barbaric and ignorant countries..Jamaica & Romania are 2 3rd world poor countrues that I know of that do Not ingage in such barbaric inhumane behavior so why should Korea & China do it..Thought they were supposed to be intelligent people..Obviously they are not..Especially if they cannot see the many many benefits mans best friend has and continues to do on a daily basis from saving lives to finding and protecting everything and everyone..Cant believe in this day and age thus type if behavior can still be tolerated!
i pray to God these poor babies will not have to suffer any more. that one day all animals will be treated humanely. thank you for all you are doing for them Lola.
Kathleen Lowson says
The “farmers making a living” from this ruthless and reprehensible trade have no excuse for the torture and suffering they willfully inflict upon these sentient beings. That is the core issue here. The cruelty involved in this trade is the worst of any trade, intentionally committing unimaginable atrocities due to ignorance and irreverence. It should also be noted that unbeknownst to most, the majority of fur-trimmed clothing and accessories (even pet toys and trinkets) labeled as “faux fur” is likely real fur, mostly from domestic cats and dogs. It is estimated that more than 2 million cats and dogs are brutally murdered each year for their fur in China, where there are no governing laws to protect animals. These domestic animals, mostly stolen pets and homeless strays, are heinously tortured and many are skinned alive. All in the name of an egocentric society devoid of soul. The evolution of soul is the only cure for the evolution of humanity. The power of respect for all living beings will change our world. – Director, Cry of the Innocent: The Voices That Can’t Speak http://www.cryoftheinnocent.com. Movie Short (not graphic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO4W8FMlbTs