Rescue groups go into overdrive in the days ahead of China's Yulin dog meat festival
The ninth annual ten-day Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat festival in China’s Yulin, Guangxi, is slated to begin on June 21, sending animal rights advocates and rescue workers in both China and abroad into overdrive to save as many helpless canines as possible.
Vendors at the yearly festival are estimated to kill up to 15,000 dogs to serve as food for the thousands of attendees from around the country. The dogs are said to be beaten, burned, boiled or skinned alive – under a draconian, superstitious guise that the fear and torture improves the taste of the meat.
In 2016, in anticipation of protests, the butchering of dogs in public was officially prohibited -- but the festival “preparations” went underground.
However, activists in China are clinging to one caveat: they say they can apprehend dog trucks en route to slaughterhouses legally, and can confiscate the animals if companies do not have paperwork explicitly proving they actually own the dogs. Rescuers then endeavor to return them to their rightful owners if they have identification or microchips, as many are often stolen household pets. Otherwise, they are taken to local rescue shelters, Newsweek reported.
rescue groups are also known to frequent the region in the days ahead, and have been credited with saving hundreds of animal lives. The contentious festival also has drawn the ire of animal rights proponent and actor Ricky Gervais, who for weeks has sought to raise awareness of the controversial festival.
“I don’t get it; I can’t seem to stop it. It is the most horrendous thing I have heard of,” an emotional Gervais wrote in a social media post late last month. “People will say what’s it got to do with you? But you could say that about anything, really.”
Yet despite the eruption of controversy that only continues to mount, efforts to cancel and ban the yearly summer-solstice chow-down have been unsuccessful so far. Still, activists have launched dozens of online petitions to bring awareness to the cause.
“Signing and sharing this petition is crucial, we must make one final push to save thousands of innocent dogs – they don’t deserve to die! Spread the word and Say No To Yulin 2018,” read one Change.org petition, which has attracted more than 150,000 signatures.
Residents and vendors have argued the dogs are killed in humane ways and that eating them is no more or less cruel than consuming other animal products such as pork, beef or chicken. According to Chinese culture, dog meat is advantageous to cooling the human body during the summer season.
The Humane Society International (HIS) estimates that around one-third of 30 million dogs and cats slaughtered globally each year are killed in China.
Debbie B2 hours ago
Don't buy anything from CHINA!!
Rod2 hours ago
Do not eat chinese food, chinese restaurants use dog meat and cat meat to substitute chicken ,pork and beef
linda4 hours ago
I have a name for those "people" that do that to those dogs, but I know it won't be allowed on Yahoo. Pathetic, inhumane, POS, vile, and evil will just have to suffice. No one should be allowed to torture an animal like that, and get away with it for so many years. Hopefully Karma will get their a$ses, and soon.
Christian2 hours ago
May God bless the efforts of these rescue workers.
Me14 hours ago
U N should put a stop to this cruel hope they choke on it.do not do any money business with china need to get the rest of the world to help stop china from this horrible way they treat a helpless dog.
Anonymous3 hours ago
I am asking Mother Earth for a big Earthquake in China now!
yahoo4 hours ago
I stopped eating Chinese food years ago. if someone is interested, look up what Chinese people eat and you will never eat it again. if you thumb me down, go and eat Chinese food
Head4 hours ago
I once lived in Detroit,Cass corridor..down the street was a Chinese restaurant...after a couple years living there,i began to notice there were no dogs or cats running the neighborhood...Then it happened,the restaurant got "raided"...seems as tho snatching dogs n cats was cheaper than buying meat...now i know what happened to the animals
Genie5 minutes ago
Don't just be outraged. Contact your congressional representative and ask him or her to support HR1406 and HRES401.