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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.

455 Comments

455 Comments

  1. Celeste

    May 29, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    “…Additional concerns of safety for the Yulin residents that participate…” Who gives a flying F$&@ about their safety!! I hope they do all get sick and die from eating that meat as punishment for their cruelty. Humans are the absolute worst species on the planet

  2. kieren

    May 25, 2016 at 9:45 am

    This is why the majority of people in the world hate these chinese bastards. I have travelled around Asia for 2 years and refuse to visit China for this reason not to mention that they are rude pricks and are hated by everyone everywhere i have travelled. They are the scum of the earth.All dogs are gods innocent children.

  3. BOB

    May 24, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    THESE “PEOPLE” ARE BEYOND CRUEL,SADIST ETC. THEY ARE TRULY DEMONIC. THEIR NEXT STEP DOWNWARD IS TO DO THIS TO PEOPLE, IF THEY DON’T ALREADY.

  4. Wendy Hudson

    May 23, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I would love to drop a bomb,on all those cruel bastards,torturing our four legged friends for food!! are you fucking nuts!!! they are PETS not for consumption!!you all deserve to die a slow miserable death,we are there voices,stoppit you fucking sickos!!!!!!!!!!! your disgusting!1

  5. Dale hurley

    May 21, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I’m against the unethical slaughtering.kill it clean like any animal deserves.these people are fucked up that they think blow torching a dog to death will make the meat nicer.sick.stop it now.

  6. Michael

    May 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    This just shows how detached we are as a race to what is really important, preservation of nature and all that is in it, just because this has been going on for hundreds of years does not make it right, if an animal is killed then it should always be done so ethically and with respect. We should all remember thateating animals for food historically would mean live or die, this is still the case today in some areas of the world, but we have such a variety of different foods available in today’s world we need to all think about the preservation of nature and all eat less meat as a whole, let alone kill animals for sport or tradition, the Cinese government should change their ways and put a stop to it!

  7. MAris

    May 15, 2016 at 2:53 am

    I am not against Dog or Cat meat. I would try it myself, provided it is humane. I AM DEFINITELY AGAINST STEALING A FAMILY PET. AND BOILING THEM ALIVE> I AM AGAINST CLUBBING IT UNTIL IT DIES. I AM AGAINST BLOWTORCHING IT ALIVE TO MAKE THE MEAT ‘NICER’

    Fuck you anyone to participates in this “‘festival’, or puts a morsel of this meat into their mouth.
    If commenting on this helps in anywya, I will comment a hundred times over. I have already signed the petition https://t.co/k4kGZhU02w I encourage you to sign it aswell. Words do not describe how enraged I am right now.

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