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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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scmp04
What?? Cruel and barbaric acts on the mainland? Especially against animals?
What a surprise!
China Dream!
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.
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.
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
req
Lets all eat insects! High protein diet and more energetically efficient! Dogs don't taste very good anyway...
nikki.shalloe.7
You are in total denial, I am not against eating dog meat, I am against the way they are treated and tortured. Alot of the dogs you eat are full of disease,distemper,parvo virus and rabies not to mention being riddled with worms, this is a health issue for the humans that consume them. In the Uk there are strict animal welfare laws, all livestock must have their basic needs met, food, water, space and health care, any animal that is sick is not fit for human consumption. And NO they are not transported like dogs are in China ,I dont know where you have got that from. Anyone seen throwing cages full of livestock around beating them and torturing them would be prosicted and forbidden to work in that industry.
wwong888
thanks captain obvious. you are also a racist pervert. another fact for you.
tranquilben
you know where the airport is. wait, you already knew that too? how about, HK doesn't want you anymore. fact: we want you gone.
nikki.shalloe.7
You are a vile person, you should be in a mental asylum or boiled alive in a boiling pot, must break your legs first so you cant climb out
chaz_hen
Bravo! YOU don't care so WE must deal with it. That is a rational and well thought out statement.

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