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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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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.
masoud.toofan
Please do not torture dogs and cats.
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.
nikki.shalloe.7
Excellent comment, dogs cannot be compared to other animals that are eaten. They assist humans in many ways.
nikki.shalloe.7
Will you please go on websites about the dog meat industry, watch the graphic videos taken by brave undercover animal lovers you will see all the evidence you need. Educate yourself about this VILE HIDDEN TRUTH before you post your comments. Thankfully there are many compassionate chinese people fighting hard to stop this vile trade, obviously you are not one of them, shame on you!
fuminchu
You obviously haven't seen how pigs, cows, chicken, ducks, fish, etc. are transported. They're all transported like farm animals, just like these farmed dogs, crammed in cages that are not air-conditioned and don't have manicure and massage services during transit. They're also butchered like farm animals, by blunt force trauma, electrocution, strangulation, etc. Hey, the meat we eat come from live animals that need to be killed and skinned before they are cut into pieces. Sorry, if one of those animals that Asians eat is one that you treat better than your own children. That's your perogative. And we've got our's. We also eat fish with head, tail, and skin still attached, and off the bone. You have a problem with that? That's too bad.
tranquilben
Li Jing, when you go home to your gwail_ boyfriend...don't let him eat your p_ssy meat again.
likingming
Dog meat is a national food in South Korea.
inhumane
@ Chaz-hen- Your barbaric culture does NOT belong in the 21st centuary . It's not just animal activists that want this stopped , it's 80% of the world population!!! The 10% that do want this are giving your country such a bad name. I for 1 will never buy a china product again until you educate yourselves and gets some humane laws like the rest of the world.
babetree
They don't even have respect for the human race, so never mind the animals!

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