Yulin dog meat festival moving ahead in spite of dogs are pets – not food

On Sunday, the Yulin dog meat festival will begin in spite of the Chinese declaration that dogs are pets and not food. A distressing video by Humane Society International’s partners shows rows and rows of dead dogs lined up on counters after having been brutally slaughtered.

One month ago, the Directory of Genetic Resources of Livestock and Poultry released a statement that dogs are not on the list of animals allowed to be bred, raised, traded and transported for commercial purposes. In a translated version from the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs, dogs have been reclassified.

“With the progress of the times, people’s civilization ideas and eating habits are constantly changing, and some traditional customs about dogs will also change…”

In the video you’ll see puppies, who were on offer for slaughter and sale at a market just outside Yulin, being rescued by Chinese animal activists. When the advocates questioned the person who had the pups where they had been acquired, he quickly handed over the dogs to the rescuers.

“I couldn’t believer that anyone would even want to eat these adorable little darlings,” animal activist Jennifer Chen stated. “My hands were trembling … he kept licking my hands, and unbeknown to him I could easily have been a dog meat eater.”

Thus far, the cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai have banned the consumption of dog and cat meat. Although in Yulin, the grizzly trade continues, activists state there is less activity this year. The Covid-19 pandemic may be partially to blame as government officials are becoming more stringent concerning animal transport. Younger people are also responsible for the decrease in dog and cat meat trade – the cruelty involved has become a stain on society as most people in China have pets and regard the dogs and cats as part of their families.

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6 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    THE BOTTOM LINE: THE CHINESE DO NOT AND NEVER WILL CARE ABOUT WHAT THESE SAVAGES DO, AND THEY CARE EVEN LESS ABOUT THE BRUTAL TORTURE AND SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT DEFENSELESS ANIMALS! EVEN THE BAN AND PANDEMIC WON’T STOP THEM! THEY
    WILL CONTINUE TO DO THIS BECAUSE THEY “CAN”!

    THIS MUST BE A “WORLDWIDE” CRUSADE, AND IT MUST BE FOUGHT
    365 DAYS A YEAR!

    ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEIR ECONOMY AND REPUTATION! WE MUST
    BOYCOTT THEIR PRODUCTS AND HIT THEIR ECONOMY “HARD” IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY! LOSING MONEY IS THE ONLY LANGUAGE THEY UNDERSTAND! PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS AND SUPPORT
    THE ANIMAL ADVOCATE ORGANIZATIONS!

    IN THE WORDS OF THE GREAT GANDHI, “A NATION IS JUDGED BY THE WAY
    IT TREATS ITS ANIMALS”!

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  2. Bunny Peters says:

    Absolutely disgusting!!! This so called festival was started by a group of dog meat traders. Most of the dogs and cats murdered were stolen pets and strays…… not “farmed” dogs…… or purchased from puppy breeders’ “overstock”…….

    It’s high time for this disgusting so called festival to be terminated!!!!!! Most Chinese, including my family members, do NOT eat dogs and cats….. and view them as members of the family……

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    • Bunny Peters says:

      Beyond disgusting…… Many of these animals still have their collars on, meaning they were stolen family pets (trusting in humans so they were “easy to catch”)…… It is beyond my comprehension as to why restaurant owners think it is “OK, standard practice” to steal family pets and strays as their “free meat supply”…… Often strays carry untreated parasite loads and illnesses and family pets are often vaccinated and treated with medicines that would be toxic for human consumption……

      If I owned a restaurant, “safe” food supplies would be a huge consideration [here in the US, those restaurant owners would face huge fines and legal liability for their use of strays and family pets as a “grocery item”]…….

      Personally, I am glad to be vegetarian and especially when we visit my relatives in Asia [I have relatives in several Asian countries]…… My relatives are animal rescuers and have dogs as their treasured family pets.

      Part of the problem, IMHO, is that some people leave their pets in their yards or allow them to roam, which puts these dogs at risk for being stolen….. Another part of the problem, IMHO, is that any existing animal abuse and neglect laws are generally weak and unenforced…..

      IMHO, the only way improvement in the treatment of companion animals will take place is if there is public support for stricter animal protection laws and strict enforcement of these laws against animal abuse and neglect…..

      Until then, if one has a pet, NEVER allow a pet to “roam free”, always keep them inside unless they are with them at all times when outside, walk dogs on leash only, spay and neuter to keep litters from becoming trash…..

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  3. Jan Barnes says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A NECESSARY CLARIFICATION TO MY ABOVE POST.
    IT IS THE CHINESE “GOVERNMENT” THAT DOES NOT CARE–NOT THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF CHINA. THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS AT YULIN ARE FROM CHINA, AND THEY SHARE THE FEELINGS OF THE REST OF US IN THE WORLD WHO DISDAIN THE TORTURE AND SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT DEFENSELESS ANIMALS!

    IN FACT, THERE ARE MANY MANY ANIMAL ADVOCATE AND RESCUE GROUPS IN CHINA WHO HAVE JOINED MOVEMENTS WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD IN THIS “WAR AGAINST EVIL”! MANY OF THEM ARE “FRONTLINE” SOLDIERS ON THE GROUND WHO ARE JOINING THE OTHER WORLDWIDE SOLDIERS RIGHT NOW AS YOU ARE READING THIS!

    PLEASE PLEASE SUPPORT “ALL” THE ANIMAL ADVOCATE AND RESCUE GROUPS THAT ARE FIGHTING THE DOG AND CAT MEAT INDUSTRY ALL YEAR–WE MUST KEEP FIGHTING–NOT ONLY THE YULIN “SAVAGES,” WHO ENJOY AND THRIVE ON THE TORTURE, BUT ALSO THE ONES IN HUGE NUMBERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES!

    AGAIN, THIS IS A “WORLDWIDE” CRUSADE WITH THOUSANDS OF HEROES, AND EVERYONE WHO CARES CAN JOIN THE TEAM AND SUPPORT OUR CAUSE!

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  4. Jan Barnes says:

    UPDATE:

    YULIN PUT UP ROADBLOCKS SO THE ACTIVISTS COULD NOT
    GET IN, PARTICIPANTS WERE ALLOWED IN WITH NO HEALTH CHECKS.
    WOMEN WERE LAUGHING WHILE THEY WERE SLICING UP THE DOGS!

    THE ONLY CHANGE IS THEY ARE CALLING IT THE “SOLSTICE FESTIVAL”!

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