In China, 21st June is the worst day for dogs. It’s the day they celebrate Yulin Festival also known as Yulin Dog Meat Festival. In this festival, thousands of dogs are made to suffer and are beaten to death. People there eat dogs. It is somehow horrifically similar to the beer festival, but here they rather consume dogs and cats instead of unanimated beer. People come from far away places to just to eat meat of dogs. Dogs are brutally killed for food consumption. Festival started in 1990’s as they believe that eating dog meat will bring them good luck and health. China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is where this festival is celebrated.
Dogs are sold in the market; they are all stolen from households or the watchdogs of rural families are sacrificed. They are captured in bulk and are transported over to long distances.
This festival is banned in China but still it is in practice in an illegal manner. Dogs are specially raised for this festival like chickens in farms. They are supposed to be certified for human consumption.
10,000 Dogs Are Killed, Cages Of Dogs Are Delivered To A Market in Yulin
Dog dealers stole 10,000 dogs to kill them and to celebrate this festival. People of China strongly believe that eating dogs will keep them away from evil spirits and disease.
“Dog Meat Festival” Has Been Promoted As A Local ‘Folk Custom’
It is not a culture but practiced in the name of old tradition. In Chinese tradition, customs like foot-binding, opium-smoking, and arranged marriage are banned then why not this? The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is not a regional ‘folk tradition’.
Household Dogs And Cats Are Stolen In Huge Numbers
When the festival comes, dog meat traders kill the dogs in the slaughterhouse while some do so right on the street for the customers.
As the festival day approaches, dog meat traders kill live dogs for customers in the slaughterhouse while others do so directly on the streets. Blood from slaughtered dogs is clearly visible.
From 6 p.m. Till Midnight, The Streets Are Flooded With Dog Meat Eaters
Dogs dealer slaughter the dogs in front of customers to show them they were using fresh meat. It is a usual practice there. Government officials swear that every dog meat dog has been raised on a dog farm, which is not true.
The Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” Exposes Young People To Violence
The streets of Yulin flow with dog blood. Do Dog dealers ever consider the feelings of the young children who witness the brutality when they walk the streets to their schools? This exposure to violence is the reason that they commit acts of cruelty and abuse.
Dog Traders Selling Dog Meat In The Streets
It is a cherished tradition among residents of China.
Every day, animal protection volunteers are present in Yulin Tongkou market to protest against dog meat traders, an action the latter does not understand at all.
Activist Holds The Dog To Save Him
It has believed that most of the dogs come from all over China. Activists even purchased dogs to save them from dog dealers.
“Dog Meat Festival” Still Exists In A Modern Civilized Society, Is It Not Sad?
As China has no law against for this, local people are angered by outsider’s protest against their festival.
In Yulin Dongkou Market, animal protection groups and monks from Guangxi recite Buddhist scriptures in front of slaughtered dogs for transgression and prayer.
Boycott Yulin Festival, Activist Protest Outside Restaurants
Animal rights volunteers carry candles and activists protest near restaurants that serve dog meat.
On the night of June 21st in Yulin Tongkou Market, a number of animal protection volunteers hold lit-up candles and recite Buddhist scriptures to pray for slaughtered dogs. Some remaining meat vendors in the market are puzzled by their actions.
Raise Your Voice Against The Consumption Of Innocent Dogs And Cats
Well, some dogs die even before they could be slaughtered because of a lack of food and water while trapped in cages. Brutal dog dealers cage them and cram as many dogs as they can in one cage. They sometimes make them turn on each other. They suffer bites.
Some dogs die even before being slaughtered because of the lack of food and water while they are trapped in cages. An animal protection volunteer, Du Yufeng, is feeding water to dogs.
Dogs Are Saved By Activists
Activist buys dogs from the market to save them from the slaughter. Even before the festival, they keep records of dogs on the streets.
Yang Yuhua, a dog lover from Chongqing, has been buying dogs from the market these few days. According to her, she owns a dog farm where she keeps 500 stray dogs. She has already spent thousands of dollars in Yulin for purchasing almost 100 dogs. She used to be a “millionaire” but since 1986, she has spent a her fortune on dog-saving.
The ‘Dog Meat Festival’ Must End
Save them, they can’t speak for themselves. We must. Let’s Stop Yulin Festival.