Combatting Dog Meat Trade with Jiu Jitsu
On 14th July, Keith Taylor, organised another Soi Dog charity event, this time in San Diego. 5 times World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion, Andre Galvão and the Mendes Brothers, who between them hold another 10 World titles, hosted a free seminar. Donations were accepted on the day from the students and over $1000 was raised.
Janis Rosenthal, the Head of Soi Dog US, attended and spoke to the attendees of whom there were about 120. She was really pleased to see the amount of genuine interest expressed by the young people attending. A local dog rescue, The Barking Lot, also came along and brought with them dogs they had rescued from Thailand and saved from the dog meat trade.
Altogether it was a great day and besides raising money, it was a great way of raising awareness. Andre and the Mendes brothers all used their Instagram pages to promote awareness of the charity. Between them they have over 1m followers so this was great for reaching more people.