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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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jujicook
There are many animals mistreated...many battles...this is one of them so don't justify not doing anything about this one by stating other cases of animal cruelty. This is one of many but also one that extremely cruel and needs to be stopped no matter the culture or history. Education is part of evolution as well as change. This needs to stop NOW!!!!!!!
scmp04
What?? Cruel and barbaric acts on the mainland? Especially against animals?
What a surprise!
China Dream!
nikki.shalloe.7
Well Annie why do you have to torture and boil and skin these animals alive? If you must consume these poor animals why not keep them in decent conditions, kill them quickly and as humanely as possible before boiling or skinning , I await your reply from Nikki Great Britain
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!
bachaus
So you defend tradition, so traditionally in some cultures women get female genital mutilation due to tradition with your type of thinking this mutilation would continue. You are brutal backwards people to think eating a companion animal is acceptable. Annie - yes I have given up meat - and on the topic of killing animals do you actually think that it is humane to torture an animal to add to it flavor or that dog meat keeps you warm your culture is barbaric and uneducated. I hope your people gets wiped out by disease
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.
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.
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.
karen.morgan.543
You people are the lowest of the low you are pure evil thats why this planet is the way it is..you give decent humans who care you people should not be allowed to live.the planet needs to be rid of such evil.i hope you all die in agony for what you do to cats and dogs and other species i curse you all!!!!!
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.
nikki.shalloe.7
Excellent comment, dogs cannot be compared to other animals that are eaten. They assist humans in many ways.
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?
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!
inhumane
Just look at that thing (won't even call it a person waiting with a shovel to torture those poor dogs) Anyone that is involved in this savage practice should ALL be shipped to some jungle and all eat each other like the barbaric savages they are. This is disgusting on EVERY LEVEL!
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.
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.
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.
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.
chaz_hen
Hey, I totally support the festival! This has been a part of the culture of this region for ages and if there's one thing China needs to preserve, in addition to the environment, it's culture!
"Animal Rights" activists can go s_c_r_e_w themselves... why are they so concerned about a few thousand dogs being consumed when millions of cows, pigs and sheep are slaughtered daily? Seems a bit hypocritical. Is it because those poor little cute puppies are the pets people choose to domesticate, dress in silly clothing and put in handbags whilst shopping?
It is not uncivilised nor cruel for people to continue cultural traditions as long as sustainability does not become an issue such as the Japanese with their whale slaughters.
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
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.
kaj.dalfall
Bullfighting in Spain was/is also a tradition, does not make it less barbaric anyhow. Any tradition that is barbaric must be stopped, I don't CARE if the peoples feelings get hurt. Deal with it.
chaz_hen
Bravo! YOU don't care so WE must deal with it. That is a rational and well thought out statement.
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.
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.
Stephan
What if a tradition/culture is cruel and horrible, just maintain it? Open your eyes man and please get real. China does not love animals, nor do they treat them decently; only their bloody pandas are treated like gods!!
babetree
They don't even have respect for the human race, so never mind the animals!
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
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"
beccajaneashworth
While I agree that animal cruelty in factory farming in the west is horrific, it is generally expected that an animal will be killed with as little pain and fear as possible. Still not good enough I know, but this is in stark contrast to the dog/cat meat trade in Asia, where MUCH pain and fear is desired, to produce what is considered to be the best meat. Do some research, most of these dogs are literally TORTURED to death, and normally in front of each ther. Get familiar with Soi Dog Foundation, which is fighting the trade. I will never compare a dog, which has the record of service and loyalty to humans that it does, to a cow, pig or chicken. All deserving of compassion, but dogs are more than livestock.
wwong888
Guangxi is one of the poorest provinces in China. These are just uneducated simpletons. China is a very backward place.
 
 
 
 
 

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