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ANIMAL RIGHTS

Yulin's dog meat festival deaf to critics

Yulin residents look forward to their traditional solstice feast while animal activists cry foul

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am

A controversial "dog meat festival" will go ahead next Friday in Yulin, Guangxi, despite an online outcry by animal rights activists.

The annual festival involving savouring the delights of dog meat hotpot, lychees and strong liquor on the Summer Solstice is a cherished tradition among Yulin locals. Thousands of diners are expected to crowd food streets and enjoy the feast. Animal protection activists estimate more than 10,000 dogs are killed during the festival.

"Those who don't have time to go to the food streets usually cook dog meat and eat lychees at home," a resident said.

Activists fear demand encourages the abduction of strays or pets. But officials say the consumed canines are raised by local dog farms.

Efforts to block the festival - including open letters to the Yulin government, recruitment of celebrities to condemn the practice and even petitioning to the US White House - have angered some Yulin locals.

A Yulin resident, who identified herself as Annie, said she would defend the festival as it was part of Yulin's tradition.

"It's unfair to call Yulin people brutal only because we have this tradition to eat dog meat. People who call us uncivilised and cruel should stop eating meat first," said Annie.

Yulin officials did not answer calls for comment yesterday.

Du Yufeng, who works for a Sichuan-based animal protection organisation, said she saw slaughtered dogs on sale in several wet markets in Yulin yesterday. "The massive dog killing is going to start very soon, as it usually take several days for the dog meat dealers to prepare for the one-day festival," she said.

In an earlier response to her organisation's open letter to cancel the festival, Yulin authorities promised they would tighten sanitation inspections and crack down on dog slaughtering in public during this year's festival.

There are no animal welfare laws on the mainland but selling dog meat requires official sanitation certificates.

Du, however, questioned the effectiveness of such inspections, suspecting that officials informed market managers in advance of their rounds.

Officials in Zhejiang province cancelled a similar dog meat festival in 2011 following an online campaign.

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jujicook
There are many animals mistreated...many battles...this is one of them so don't justify not doing anything about this one by stating other cases of animal cruelty. This is one of many but also one that extremely cruel and needs to be stopped no matter the culture or history. Education is part of evolution as well as change. This needs to stop NOW!!!!!!!
scmp04
What?? Cruel and barbaric acts on the mainland? Especially against animals?
What a surprise!
China Dream!
nikki.shalloe.7
Well Annie why do you have to torture and boil and skin these animals alive? If you must consume these poor animals why not keep them in decent conditions, kill them quickly and as humanely as possible before boiling or skinning , I await your reply from Nikki Great Britain
steph.inglis.dogs
That's it exactly. Its not about the eating of the animals, its the horrific and barbaric torture that's involved in the process. There is ample evidence to say that this does happen. Its not normal to willingly torture any living creature the way these animals are tortured and slaughtered. It has been proven that there is a direct link between animal abuse and rapists, child murders, child abusers etc. But then again it is China, and I personally expect nothing less from such a cruel and barbaric nation. I challenge anyone who can justify these acts on humans or animals alike. Maybe China should look at the natural disasters etc that they experience and think 'KARMA'!
jaminhard
Now we are getting somewhere. Eating them is Ok.
Torturing them is not.
Are we all agreed?
Your post seemed sensible up until you linked natural disasters and 'karma' to the topic. Not relevant! Haha!
bachaus
So you defend tradition, so traditionally in some cultures women get female genital mutilation due to tradition with your type of thinking this mutilation would continue. You are brutal backwards people to think eating a companion animal is acceptable. Annie - yes I have given up meat - and on the topic of killing animals do you actually think that it is humane to torture an animal to add to it flavor or that dog meat keeps you warm your culture is barbaric and uneducated. I hope your people gets wiped out by disease
jaminhard
"Do you think that it is humane to torture dogs?"
What a ridiculous question. Of course not! They are dogs! Not humans!
Therein lies the problem.
The dog ownership culture in Hong Kong has become so absurd. Dogs in high chairs at restaurant tables? Dogs with clothes on? Dogs in push chairs? Good grief? How pathetic. All this human style pampering, doesn't make them more human, you know.
They are animals. No more or less than any other.
If a people want to eat them, than why not? You haven't provided a reasonable argument why not yet?
They certainly aren't an endangered species. There was no mention of torture in the article. I don't see what the problem is.
groovymoon
jaminhard~~You are the kind of person i do my best to AVOID! because your shallow way of thinking is why progress is stalled!!
Humans Domesticated Dogs~OK? We taught them to work beside us and over time they became loyal and loving towards humans!~ All they want to do is Please human beings!!
Grow some compassion~~~So glad i do not know you.
jaminhard
So long as they remember that a dog is not just for Christmas. If they pace themselves, there should be some left over for Easter too.
karen.morgan.543
You people are the lowest of the low you are pure evil thats why this planet is the way it is..you give decent humans who care you people should not be allowed to live.the planet needs to be rid of such evil.i hope you all die in agony for what you do to cats and dogs and other species i curse you all!!!!!

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