#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.

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400 COMMENTS

  1. People through the ages and right up to current day have performed the most barbaric, cruel torture of animals of all breeds and sizes in the name of ‘culture’ and ‘religion’! It does not make it any less barbaric or evil. I bet all these barbarians don’t do many other things that is in their ‘culture’ or religion because it doesn;t suit them – like stealing, killing each other, raping and and and! Torturing an animal to death because it ‘tastes’ better is utter bullshit! If anything I would think the fear and panic would toughened the animal’s meat. This has to be stopped but of course, most people are just apathetic – if it doesn’t affect them directly or because they are ‘just animals’ they look the other way. ANIMAL LIVES MATTER. STOP THE KILLING!!!!!

  2. It sickening disgusting an wrong this festival needs to be stopped an I don’t care if it’s a culture thing the stealing people’s pets an hurting instinct animals it’s wrong I’m a animal lover an man anyone hurt my babies they would have a very sad life it sucks me to my gut to see this they can’t even protect them selfs the ghouls an screams would be unbearable the hearts low life nothingz the not human at all they have no empathy love all kinds Ness the low life heartless pieces of nothingz the people that have had their pets stolen by these low life’s must be so heart broken inside the pain the feeling to shut down this meat trade for good an it never opens again it’s cruel insane an it is not normal u don’t eat dogz or cats the blood ly pets our soul mates Shit it down for good

  3. ITS SIMPLY ANIMAL CRUELTY IN THE WORST FORM EVER SEEN IN THE WORLD, IT MUST BE BANNED , THIS TRADE IN THIS DAY AND AGE IS ILLEGAL, THE ENTIRE WORLD SHOULD BOYCOTT THESE VILE COUNTRIES.

  4. I’d like to get a gun and go shoot those people. They have no right do inflict pain and torture upon the dogs. I hope people catch bad diseases from eating the dogs, then that would be a wake up call that you can’t treat other living beings so inhumanely. Then they would be forced to stop.

  5. i think that that just digusting and god didnt make the animals to be eaten especially dogs and cats.Just thinking about what they do in china it sickens me when i think about it.
    THEY NEED TO STOP and just to make sure if any chinese people is reading 你需要停止
    Nǐ xūyào tíngzhǐ.

  6. this is inhuman. the way that they kill them is horrible, yeah it would be better if they would kill them quickly not bash them, drown, burn or what ever. eating a dog is no different than eating a cow but they are made to be a companion and they were made to help the blind or to help the police. they were not made to be killed slowly and tortured just for the fun of it. why this festival is dumb, it may be apart of your culture but it is not necessary to torture the dogs and cats.

  7. Personally I don’t see much difference between eating cats or rabbits. People eat veal and babe pigs etc. All this is wrong.
    As for the traditional element of this dog-eating-party-for-brainless-peasants, it is equally wrong and stupid like bullfighting. Since when do traditions have to be a good thing?

  8. These are horrible people if ur seeing this and don’t want to help stop it well do all u have to do is post a pic or anything to help these helpless creatures

  9. You have to be a seriously sick and twisted individual to do the things these aresholes are doing to dogs. Yes they slaughter other animals for their meat, and that is also horrific and wrong..but dogs and cats are considered the most loved pets in the household and are NOT food!!! They skin, burn and boil them while they are still alive! I cannot comprehend that and I never ever will. I have a dog and she is my world! They love unconditionally and while we are at our worst. We all need to stand up and put a stop to this barbaric, disgusting, uncivilised act. There is nothing these people don’t eat! Where do we draw the line. I dont care if its an ancient ritual- doesn’t make it okay. Stoning people to death was ancient- we become civilised and we put a stop to horrific traditions that cause pain and suffering. STOP THIS NOW!!!

  10. OK, SO YOU BEEN EATING DOG AND CAT FOR GENERATIONS. SO HOW ABOUT KILLING THEM OUT RIGHT FIRST, BEFORE YOU BURN. BOIL AND SKIN THEM ALIVE. ITS ALL IN YOUR MINDS THAT THEY TASTE BETTER, BECAUSE PAST GENERATIONS HAVE TOLD YOU SO BEING PUT THROUGH ALL OF THIS CRUELTY. IT HAS TO STOP. IF YOU HAVE TO KILL DO IT HUMANLY. BETTER STILL……DONT DO IT AT ALL…

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