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.

A Chinese dog awaits his turn at slaughter as part of the annual Yulin Dog Eating Festival, an ancient tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. Image used under license from The Associated Press.

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,

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.

Up to 10,000 dogs, mostly stolen family pets or strays snatched from the streets, are packed into cramped cages and delivered to Yulin restaurants and street vendors. Image used under license from The Associated Press.

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:

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.

(Images used under license from The Associated Press.)

 

 

186 COMMENTS

  1. I AM HEARTBROKEN, DISMAYED, DEEPLY SADDED, FILLED WITH HORROR & DESPAIR AND TOTALLY DISGUSTED BY THE BARBARIC INHUMANE CHINESE INVOLVED, WHO HAVE NO COMPASSION, NO EMPATHY AND NO SOUL. THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO TORTURE BOIL & SKIN ALIVE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF DOGS AND CATS (AND NOT ONLY FOR THEIR ANNUAL YULIN DOGCATMEAT FESTIVAL EITHER) I REGULARLY DO THE #StopYulin2015 TWEETSTORMS PLUS RAISE CONSTANT AWARENESS EVERY SINGLE DAY WITHOUT FAIL, TIRELESSLY, BECAUSE I AM COMMITTED TO MAKING THE CHINESE (AND VIETNAMESE, INDONESIANS, SOUTH KOREANS ETC.) REALIZE THAT ANIMALS ARE SENTIENT BEINGS WHO FEEL FEAR AND PAIN THE SAME AS WE DO. THAT THEY HAVE A SOUL JUST LIKE US. THERE IS ALSO ONE ISSUE WHICH WAS RAISED IN THIS ARTICLE, WHICH NEVER FAILS TO ANGER ME, NAMELY -AND I QUOTE: “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.” WELL ALL I CAN SAY TO THIS IS THAT I PERSONALLY DON’T GIVE A DAMN IF THEY _ALL_ DROP DEAD! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM THAT “PARTAKE IN THE FESTIVAL” WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED FOR THE YULIN RESIDENTS SAFETY WHEN THEY BELONG BACK IN THE DARK AGES WITH THEIR BARBARIC MEDIEVAL PRACTICES. NO, LET THEM ALL DIE LONG LINGERING DEATHS!!! RID THE EARTH OF THEM AND MAYBE THEN THE ANIMALS CAN LIVE IN PEACE!

  2. Thank you Dogington Post for covering this horrific Yulin Festival that takes place in China every June. Its barbaric and we need as many people to voice out against this to put and end to this forever. Please continue to spread the word worldwide #Stop Yulin #The world is watching you China !
    thank you

    • You know how many compassionate Chinese and Asian animal rights activists have been trying to fight this for years. Everyone who loves dogs and cats needs to jump in and do whatever they can to help add to that fight. With enough political pressure, any government (no matter how corrupt), will cave. I’ll make a pledge to the embassy that I will not purchase anything made in China (and yes, I’ll be checking) until the DOG AND CAT MEAT TRADE ends completely – starting with the end of this DISGUSTING festival. As a species, we have ended many inhumane “traditions” because so many of us want to see a brighter future for all life on this planet. THIS HAS TO END – who wants to join this fight with me?
      For all the animals who love and trust us unconditionally, we MUST do whatever it takes to protect them!

  3. Thank you so much for writing this article! People all over the world need to know about the horrendous dog and cat meat industry. TOGETHER we will stop it.

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