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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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karen.morgan.543
Nuke them all rid the world of low life scum!!!
wwong888
dont worry. they are slowly poisoning themselves to death with their toxic food and pollution. no need for us to get involved.
masoud.toofan
Please do not torture dogs and cats.
likingming
Democracy at work
no dog-meat
no smoking
no gay marriage
no arts
no excellence
no too-colored skin people
no no-colored skin people
wwong888
you forgot "no muppets like likingming"
req
Lets all eat insects! High protein diet and more energetically efficient! Dogs don't taste very good anyway...
pam.j.kirby
HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE CALL THEMSELFS HUMAN WITH COMPASSION, THEY SHOULD NOT BE KILLING & EATING, MAN BEST FRIEND~~THE DOG! THIS IS WRONG.
fuminchu
Just because a certain culture has a soft spot for an animal species, makes it inhumane for another culture to enjoy their traditional delicacy? FYI, I don't eat dog, never had, and never will. But, I don't see any problem with the people of Yulin enjoying their traditional delicacy of dog meat, as long as the dogs are raised in farms as food like cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, etc. Please stop imposing your culture on us. Thanks.
scmp04
Do you for one moment believe that the dogs are raised humanely and pass on humanely?
Its not about imposing anothers culture - its about standards of basic human decency and compassion.
beccajaneashworth
OMG, anyone who thinks the only issue is that they eat dogs, really needs to educate themselves. Google a few pages on the Asian dog meat trade and see for yourself what a barbaric trade it is. Most of these dogs are crammed into cages so tightly that limbs and snouts are broken and crushed, some suffocate, and they get no food or water. They are then TORTURED to death by all sorts of vile methods, IN FRONT OF EACH OTHER, because many Asians believe that the more pain and fear an animal suffers, the better the meat. YES, it IS true. Go visit the Soi Dog Foundation page and start learning! TORTURE, is NOT culture, and until we have seeing eye cows, search and rescue pigs, and police and military chickens doing guard duty, I will NEVER compare a dog to a farm animal, they have a long history of service and loyalty to humans that is unequalled, and my guess is that if these people who would boil alive, skin alive, beat to death, hang, electrocute and burn with blow torches these dogs, were to be buried in the rubble of an earthquake, they would still be longing for search and rescue dogs to sniff them out. It is absolutely VILE what they do to animals in China and other Asian countries, and after you have witnessed some of the horror, we'll have this discussion again.

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