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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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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.
inhumane
wow, so authorities agreed to not show the inhumane, 3rd world torture of loving innocent animals in public. How sick is that? They know it's wrong, the whole world is watching in total disgust and horror. These are NOT farm animals and we don't purposely torture animals so they taste better. There is a huge difference between cows,pigs, ect (first of all half of these animals are stolen pets for gods sake.) It's the way torture these poor animals, so they can get a frigging hardon- take Viagra. These people are NOT human and don't belong in society. They are sick and this whole stupid tradition is a complete JOKE. The whole world should boycott China until they come into the 21st centurary. Disgusting and evil at it's greastest form possible.
wwong888
Humans don't even have rights in china so the animals are clearly screwed
tranquilben
wwong888, do you read the news? are you able to think for yourself? you are so hopefully brainwashed. do you know know where you're living right now? have you gone to China before?
hey, don't forget to wipe your mouth after you done sucking those gwail_ roosters. when you shine their shoes, make sure you bend down and stick your butt up.
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
wwong888
i think that is @likingming in the photo delivering some dogs before he heads home to read the scmp
joanmiyaoka
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi

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