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#StopYuLin2015: 10,000 Dogs Tortured as Part of Annual Yulin Dog-Eating Festival

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Despite worldwide outcry and repeated efforts by animal activists to put an end to the Yulin Dog Eating Festival, a yearly tradition in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region of China, the festival, deeply rooted in ancient Chinese tradition, will begin June 21, 2015.

Yulin residents cherish the annual summer solstice celebration, which involves the mass torture, slaughter, and consumption of about 10,000 dogs.

The Guardian, a UK-based news source said in an article,

A dog, most likely a stolen family pet, is burned alive for his meat.  Image via Ricky Gervais/Facebook.

A dog, most likely a stolen family pet, is burned alive for his meat. Image via Ricky Gervais/Facebook.

Animal rights groups say 10,000 dogs are slaughtered during the festival each year, and that many are electrocuted, burned and skinned alive. Pictures posted online show flayed dogs, dogs hanging from meat hooks, and piles of dog corpses on the side of the road. In China dog meat is prized as a nutritious wintertime dish that doctors can prescribe to treat maladies such as impotence and poor circulation.

In addition to protests against the tradition of eating an animal that is cherished, even in China, as a family pet and companion, critics claim that the dogs are illegally obtained, usually stolen family pets or picked up as strays. And, because these dogs are not raised in farms and are questionably sourced, there are no quarantine systems in place to monitor the health of the animals, thereby raising additional concerns of safety to Yulin residents that partake in the festival.

According to an open letter by the Hong Kong-based NGO Animals Asia, many of the dogs consumed during the festival are strays and abductees. Some are transported to the city on filthy, overcrowded trucks, significantly increasing the risk that they carry rabies and other contagious diseases.

A dog, likely a family pet or stray snatched from the streets is boiled alive. Photo via Ricky Gervais/Facebook.

A dog, likely a family pet or stray snatched from the streets is boiled alive. Photo via Ricky Gervais/Facebook.

Efforts by activists to put a stop to the festival, including writing letters to the Yulin government, recruiting celebrities to openly condemn the acts, and even petitioning the Obama Administration to step in, have upset the Yulin locals.

27-year old Wei Huan, from Guilin told the China Daily Newspaper, “Why do we have to follow their (the protesters’) likes and dislikes?” She said that she grew up eating the dog-meat meal which is served with lychees and strong grain liquor, and considers it to be “the tastiest dish.”

Although the festival has not been cancelled, Yulin authorities have promised to tighten sanitation inspections and crack down on dog slaughtering in public during this year’s festival as a result of the protests. Currently there are no animal welfare laws in mainland China, but the selling of dog meat requires some level of regulation, though it’s commonly understood that these regulations are rarely enforced.

So, what can be done? While efforts to end the ancient dog-eating tradition have been largely unsuccessful, continuing to protest and express outrage, at the very least for the way the dogs are acquired and for the lack of health and safety regulations, may eventually work.

In 2011, a similar festival in the Zhejiang province of China was cancelled due to public outcry and a massive internet petition.

To join in the global grassroots initiative to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival for good, visit the following additional links:

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-eating-festival

Learn more about the “festival” and answers to frequently asked questions here: http://bit.ly/166Svi2

Reasons Why The Festival is Unconstitutional & Should Be Forever Cancelled: http://bit.ly/1BhvIJL

Facebook Page, “Stop The Yulin Cat & Dog Meat Festival 2015” where educational, informative, and action oriented steps are listed : http://on.fb.me/1t1UxUR

What is the difference between eating dog/cat and eating farm animals from western slaughterhouses? http://bit.ly/1F0qzbG

And learn more in this informative, heartbreaking video (contains graphic images that may be disturbing to some viewers):

Do you support the Yulin traditions that have been in place for hundreds of years, or do you believe this practice should be stopped? Share your opinions on this topic in a comment below.

476 Comments

476 Comments

  1. jlee

    Jun 22, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    This is utterly and completely disgusting. This is the 21st century and this type of thing should not be going on….to do this to an animal that is alive and they boil or burn them is completely INSANE. People who are involved in this have NO SOUL and hopefully will meet with their maker all to soon. OR…now that I think of it they probably won’t meet with their maker…they are going down south if you know what I mean. HEARTLESS and DISGUSTING!!!

  2. Kelly

    Jun 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    This is where my faith in God waivers. Why does he let this happen! I still have to have faith that good will overcome evil in this world. I have to believe that people who do this to these animals will pay heavily for their sins. They are uneducated, stoic, moronic, heartless, cowardly cockroaches that remind the compassionate beings of this world why we are who we are. They are cowards and they will go to their grave as repulsive cowards. You’re the farthest thing from tough when you gag and bind an innocent animal and torture it. You are swine sent to earth from hell and you will return there for the terror and torture you inflicted…..and so will those in charge who could have stopped it but turned their heads and did NOTHING!

    • Artemis

      Jun 22, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      And “man” was created in the image of “god”…whose freaking god you fools!! Humans are the only species on earth who commit the unbelievable horrors of TORTURE, SADISM (esp on innocent animals) hunting for SPORT and on and on it goes. These fu..ing Chinese savages beyond belief, who are nothing more than a “freak of nature” as a race, should have the same done to them!! How fu..ing EVIL can this RACE be!!! Heartless, empty, black souls who deserve the worst in their disgusting lives and CHINESE world/country. I wouldn’t lift a finger for any of them anywhere!!! And, those of you who frequent chinese restaurants in the USA deserve it when you are very possibly eating the same tortured flesh on your plates!!! Is there no god?? NO, but we think there IS KARMA!!

    • Barry

      Jun 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      My faith is all but gone. The people doing this are not humans, but sociopaths. I don’t know what the answer is, but it does seem apparent that many people on this planet still have the mindsets of archaic homo sapiens going back 100,000 years ago and beyond.

  3. Heather

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    These people that participate and prepare for this event should be tortured and killed them selves or maybe they should watch a loved one go through a horrifying event in Yuglin. NO ONE should have to die like this. My heart goes out to the beautiful animals that have been through this event. R.I.P.
    I know most people eat meat, this is a disgusting barbaric way to do so. This is why people evolved, were no longer animals are self!

  4. Tanya Johnson

    Jun 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Sick twisted humans lacking compassion for these poor dogs – they enjoy it – laughing and smiling. I cannot imagine the fear/pain these animals must go thru. Sickening beyond words.

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