Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2016: Act Now!

Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Imagine some thugs break into your house. No, they do not go for cash or any valuables. They just grab your dearest pet—dog or cat—and leave. Your precious companion that you love so much is brutally slaughtered or skinned or grilled alive and eaten with lyeches. This is exactly what happens during Yulin Dog Meat Festival that begins every year on June 21 in Guangxi, Chaina. The festival continues till 1st July, and during these ten days it is estimated that approximately 20,000 dogs are eaten. Sadly, most of these helpless animals are stolen.

Yulin Dog Meat Festival: When did it start?

The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, popularly known as Yulin Dog Meat Festival marks the celebration of the coming of the summer. Yulin celebrates the summer solstice by eating dog meat garnished with lychees. Unreliable sources claim that the local tradition began in the 1990s, but dog meat in Chinese cuisines outdates written history. In 2015, during this festival of horror over 10,000 dogs and cats had been slaughtered. There are no dog farms in China, and it can be easily imagined that these slaughtered animals were pets stolen from loving families and sold to the butchers of Yulin.

Does Yulin Eat Dogs Every day?

Canines are slaughtered not only during the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, but year round. An investigation by the Humane Society International reports that 300 dogs are butchered every day in Yulin for their meat. There are a number of dog meat restaurants and dog meat markets that supply dog meat daily in Yulin. It is estimated that 10 to 20 million dogs are slaughtered each year for their meat.

Disease For Eating Dog Meat?

In 2007 Yulin witnessed the deadly outbreak of rabies. More than 400 rabies cases were reported, and all of the infected people died from this disease. Dogs transported for days in crowded conditions to Yulin, with compromised immunity systems, are known to be vulnerable to the spread of illnesses. Moreover, brutal assault on dog thieves by victims of dog theft indicates the potentially explosive nature of confrontations between dog owners and the dog meat industry. “Dog Meat Festival” has been promoted by the industry as a local “folk custom.”

Let’s Stop the Dog Meat Festival:

However, videos and photographs of helpless dogs huddled in cages, terrified and traumatized by the brutality of the butchers, have infuriated the animal lovers across the world. Different organizations have initiated massive petitions and protests against the atrocities in the name of a festival. Like many people across the world, you can also join by signing the petition to End The Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Simply click the link and Sign up with Humane Society International’s action against this cruelty.





About the author

Nazla Fatmi

Nazla Fatmi is an assistant professor of English at Eastern University. She writes on culture, fashion, and lifestyles.


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