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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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chaz_hen
Some dogs were destined for rescue work, guiding blind people, etc. and other dogs were destined for the soup. Just like some pigs can be pets and roam freely and others are destined for the abattoir. It's quite obvious from your comments your racially superior attitude figures in on your argument starting with the usage of "Asians believe that the more pain..." Where are your hard figures on that statement? Your evidence? From the society of bleeding heart white cauc_asians? You could not colonialize the entire continent of Asia so you're trying to force what you think is Western morally acceptable onto the people of Asia?
beccajaneashworth
NO dog should be destined for soup, and I happen to believe that pigs do not belong in houses either. I have no "racially superior attitude" as you put it, while others are saying all Chinese are scum, I remind them that there are kind people there who fight this evil in their own country, and they need support. It is you who jump to conclusions. It is well documented by many animal welfare organizations, including Asians themselves who are against it, that Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans and Philipinos who eat dog meat believe this to be true and continue to practice it. Where are your hard facts to the contrary? Bury your head in the sand if you want by trying to turn it back on anyone who points it out, but it has been filmed and photographed thousands of times.
There is no specific type of dog that can be trained to be a service animal, and the ones destined for your dinner table, if trained, would willingly risk their lives to save yours, and the willingness to be of service to humans is betrayed by this intentionally cruel trade. However as far as cruelty, there are many other creatures that suffer in China, and in every country, and compassionate treatment of all animals is something I long to see. Chinese people in general have little compassion when it comes to the suffering of creatures. To those who say farm animals in the west are treated the same, yes conditions are not always humane, and many of us fight this too, but at least a quick death is expected.
beccajaneashworth
WRONG. Teach a child to respect and have compassion for all living creatures, and it naturally follows that they will value human life.
beccajaneashworth
WRONG. Because I was taught to respect and have compassion for even the smallest living creatures, it naturally followed that I have compassion for humans. Teach a child to be kind and they in turn teach their children, nothing will ever get better till then.
wwong888
yeah i live in china bro. i was born there too. i am a permanent resident of HK as well. this has nothing to do with race. its all about race for folks like you. this is about human decency and about the progress of mankind. you are the one who is brainwashed. you are the one who is only able to look at it through your little simple lens of local vs ****. i feel sorry for you.
beccajaneashworth
I agree with you, people are too quick to condemn an entire race, there are many decent people in China who are fighting the barbaric dog and cat meat trade there, and other Asian countries. Compassion is not limited to one race or culture, indeed, cruelty exists in all cultures.
likingming
wwong888, you are a wong8 王八
jayb
for those of you attempting to remark on this...
are you a vegan? if not
have you visited an industrialized cattle "factory" (ranching is extinct due to corporate food)
have you visited an industrialized pig "factory", chicken "factory"?
go see one before you comment on the "dogs"
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!

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