June 18, 2015

#EndYulinFestival #StopYulin2016 Dog and Cat Meat Festival - 停止榆林狗與貓肉節2016

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             The YuLin Dog and Cat Meat Festival
                     Frequently asked questions:

What is the YuLin dog & cat meat festival? 
It is a few days and nights of feasting, bonding and drinking. The main ingredients are lychees, dog meat, cat meat and lychee wine. Around 10,000 dogs and  4,000 cats will be eaten during this week long festival that starts on the 21st June (summer solstice.

Where is YuLin?
YuLin is in a region called Guangxi in the People's Republic of China. This region is an autonomous regionThis means YuLin is not governed in the same way the rest of China is. 

When does the festival take place?
Preparations start at the beginning of June, several weeks before the 21st by organising how the dogs and cats will be brought into YuLin. Stalls need to be organised, slaughterhouses need to ensure paperwork is in order. (Several illegal slaughterhouses were shut down prior to the festival this year.) 
There were reports in 2014 that some people had a version of the festival a couple of weeks beforehand to avoid media attention. The feasting is usually an all night drinking affair on 21st June (the hottest day and the summer solstice.) It is unclear how long the festival lasts. In previous years it has been a week long celebration but in 2014 with the festival being brought it was apparently cut short. These facts coupled with heavy the censoring by the Chinese government, leaves the actual length of the festival at question. 


Who attends the festival? 
Due to all the hype and advertising, people travel from other areas of China including Wuzhou, Guigang, Nanning, Beihai and Qinzhou to YuLin to experience the festival atmosphere.

How do the dogs get there and where are they from? 
Some are trucked in on lorries with quarantine certificates (under scrutiny many are discovered to be falsified.) Other dog and cat smugglers avoid main roads using motorcycles to get the animals into YuLin without the required paperwork. Sadly some owners bring their unwanted pets into YuLin to make a profit. 
There is CCTV footage of dogs being stolen from properties and there are reports of dogs being poisoned with darts and crossbows. We are also reliably informed that some dogs could quite possibly be breeder's unsold stock & unsold pets from pet shops. 

How are cats treated for the festival?
There are no cat farms so the vast majority of the cats we see on the stalls at YuLin have usually been trapped, abused and stored in crates or sacks in warehouses by middlemen before being trucked into town.  The cats are used as a garnish to the dog meat dishes. There is a belief in China that freshness is key to quality (there is no refrigeration) so this is the reason for keeping them alive and suffering so they die just prior to being consumed.

Why are the dog tortured? (Graphic description)
The torture begins with a rough capture and cramped transport conditions, exposed to the elements (no refreshment so they are dehydrated) and the dogs and cats will bite each other if being crushed. No care is taken unloading cages so limbs are shattered. This carelessness is for speed and maximum profit. 

Dogs are beaten to the head to render them inactive, some slaughterers are more skilled than others, sometimes it takes many strikes. The throat or chest is cut and the blood is drained, the blood will drain quicker as the heart is still beating. They are thrown into plucking machines with boiling water to spin off the fur, again often at this point the animal is still not dead so effectively they are being boiled alive.  

Those vendors without the expensive dog plucking machines will remove fur by either dangling the dog from a hook and skinning them while still warm. Another method is rubbing off the fur after repeatedly dipping them into hot water whilst clamping their necks with long handled metal tongs. Torture is guaranteed for dogs and cats.

Why is eating dog and cat meat so important that it needs a festival?
It is the Lychee that is specific to YuLin and it needs promoting. Some bright spark recently decided that the combination of dog and cat meat, lychees along with the wine (both considered warming foods) would be an explosive combination to promote good health. Within a few months this folklore was touted as an ancient tradition.  

Many people world-wide love any excuse for a party or festival where crowds gather. It is a great opportunity to network and make new friends and business colleagues. This 'event' has been heavily promoted as having a wonderful atmosphere where the streets are carpeted in red lychee skins and colourful canopies. 

The drink is a local specially produced lychee wine and the food is recommended as health-giving. The businesses have hyped up this event to bring people into YuLin under the guise of this magical festival improving their blood flow (fertility and keeping warm in winter) if consumed at Summer Solstace. YuLin businesses make a lot of money from this festival, so they are of course reluctant to bring it to an end.

 Is rabies a problem? 
YuLin has been highlighted as having a higher than average proportion of rabies than any other regions. Dogs being transported into YuLin without quarantine certificates are a worry as they can spread disease to local dogs. Dog meat traders are at the greatest risk of contracting rabies; being bitten while handling the dogs. Rabies is cooked out of meat but the poor hygiene practises in YuLin means that live dogs are in close proximity to cooked meat. Parasites, toxins and viruses in the food chain are more alarming in the 'meat' of dogs and cats.

 Is eating diseased dog meat harmful?
Doctors in Vietnam are coming forward with recent studies about parasitic worms common in dog and cat meat causing long term gastrointestinal problems. Concerns have been raised about the Sars virus originating from birds, this could get carried to humans who eat cat meat and now we learn that bats (eaten by cats) are carriers of Ebola. It is widely recognised that carnivores are dangerous in the human food chain due to biomagnification and the build up of toxic metals that cannot be cooked out. 

Understandably the dogs are under immense stress throughout their ordeal and their bodies will produce abnormal levels of the stress hormone called Cortisol. This hormone also can not be cooked out so consumption of the dogs meat will lead to unsafe levels of cortisol entering the human body. The side affects of this hormone are; cardiac problems, impotency and general fatigue. The very same symptoms the dog meat is promoted to help.

Do the government condone this? 
The YuLin Government deny existence of 'the YuLin Festival' as we call it. For 2014 they took the following steps to appease the growing number of complaints: 
Restaurants were asked to cover over signage advertising dog meat for sale during June.
Restaurants were asked to all display posters reminding consumers to take care when dining publicly and to be aware of the origin of what you eat. 
Doctors and food safety staff in YuLin were told not to eat dog meat during June.

 When did the festival originate? 
The huge festival as we know it was heavily promoted in 2010 by media as being good for health. The region is famous for growing lychee. Businessmen promoted dog meat and lychee as warming foods that compliment each other and health properties were promoted.

Are there Chinese activists helping? 
There are thousands of animal loving activists all over China posting pictures and making statements on social media condemning the YuLin Festival. A few activists who are media savvy, travel to YuLin to try to protest there and get footage to bring further public outrage to the festival. However activism is made hard by businesses feeling threatened and the town filling up with so many people wanting to participate in the festival.

 Do we have any hope of stopping the festival? 
With enough people plausibly speaking out against this festival and exposing the cruelty, sadness of those with missing pets and the corruption of officials and businessmen putting health at risk for profits is pushing a ban in the right direction. We are hopeful that the CHINESE Government will feel pressure from other Governments, media, celebrities and the world's public and will intervene to appease the rest of the world.

Thank you for being a constant supporter of #StopYuLin2015        

      #StopYulin2016 STOP Dog Meat Festival in China.
                          Dining on Dogs in Yulin: VICE Reports (Part 1/2).      Watch Video↓

Dining on Dogs in Yulin: VICE Reports (Part 2/2)
Dog meat festival in China

    In China,Yulin, South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, there is a tradition?that has lasted for 600?years. A brutal Dog Meat Festival commences on June 21th each year. 
We do not want dogs to die for this occasion.
In any country, there are traditions that have become habits that occur every year.
On that day, special foods are served. In most cases, people desire these foods to feel part of the culture and satisfy their craving.
The true traditions are passed down from generation after generation and not losing it's value. 
The people of this world cannot say that something is a tradition if they do not value it.
To have a tradition is to pass down the symbol of their family and activities.  

I want to ask the Chinese people.
If you were born to be eaten, raised in a dirty place, eating garbage, no freedom, stuffed into a tight pen, your family killed in front of your eyes, boiled alive in a pot and die from painful suffering? 

This is not tradition, this is just eating because you want to. Your only excuse is to eat them and have fun. 
You can quit easily, but your too lazy to quit. 
If you want to call this a tradition, then classify this as a bad tradition to follow.
If you want to appeal as the top most country in the world, China, you need to step up your people first. 

Chinese people eat anything they can get their hands on. The reason why is because the people were formally poor and lived where food is scarce. The severe drought has prevented anything to grow in China. Instead, they killed and ate wild animals. But only the middle class could afford the meat of wild animals, and the poorest had the worst availability of food. As a result of desperate measures, they began to eat human flesh and wildlife. In order to obtain human meat, they attack the nearest village. To prevent attacks, villages put up fences. There are many people in China who grew up at that time of eating human flesh, and still live today. Human meat is not eaten today, but since no human meat are available, the meat of a wild animal is a feast to them. A person's feeling will prevent one from eating another human being, but desperate measures calls for desperate actions. What very frightening is that it gets in a habit of eating wild animals. This goes the same for the widespread factory farm. In factory farms, they treat animals as if they have no stress or pain, and raise them for meat. Since they're used to this, they don't feel pity towards the animals they kill. For example, killing chickens in front of shops, or releasing a wild cow into a lion pit for a zoo. Fur companies strip animal's hides. 
Chinese peaple, Please wake up.
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Animal lovers, local traditionalists face off at dog meat festival 

By Li Hao in Yulin and Lin Meilian in Beijing Source:Global Times 

Thousands of food lovers crowded the streets of Yulin, South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, chatting, laughing and sweating while enjoying a feast of dog meat hotpot with lychee wine.
Inside a nearby market, an acrid smell filled the air. Thousands of dogs were packed into crowded cages, barking and whining behind high chain-link fences. The butcher grabbed a dog by the neck and hauled it out of the cage, bashed its head in with a stick, pulled out a knife, skinned it, boiled it and chopped it up ready to be served.
Despite widespread outrage among animal lovers, this annual dog meat festival kicked off on June 21. It is considered a local way to mark the summer solstice and legends say eating dog meat on that day will keep evil spirits and disease at bay.

It is estimated that over 10,000 dogs were killed during the one-day event. Animal rights activists said the dogs are often strays or stolen from their owners in the countryside and might carry diseases that can be passed on to human beings. However, local officials say all the dogs are bred on farms.
The ancient practice of eating dog has become increasingly distasteful for China's growing number of pet lovers and this year's dog meat festival has come in for particularly virulent criticism.


Yulin faces choiceThe name of Yulin, a southern city home to 6 million people, is now linked with its controversial dog eating. This summer solstice tradition by local residents began in the late 1990s when the trend of eating dog meat spread from the countryside to the city. As more and more dog meat restaurants opened, residents would invite their friends to go out and enjoy dog hotpot served with lychees and strong liquor."You can smell Yulin before entering the city," a local resident named Ma told the Global Times. She left her hometown a decade ago and still thinks fondly of it. 

"I miss those summers when my family got together and enjoyed the dog meat and lychees," Ma said. "I don't understand why we can eat other animals without a fuss but not dogs."
At first, the dogs were all raised locally but as business expanded and demand grew, butchers brought in dogs from across China. Animal lovers say many dogs were abducted from their rightful owners in the countryside, kept in inhumane conditions and then transported to the festival.
A few years ago, dogs were butchered in public to show that the meat was fresh and answer other concerns about whether the meat had been stored in refrigerators.
Since 2010, the local tradition has caught attention from animal lovers and animal rights organizations. In an open letter to the mayor of Yulin, Hong Kong-based NGO Animals Asia said the overcrowded trucks used to transport the dogs increased the risk of disease spreading.

""We have written to the local authorities to lodge our complaints and to outline the cruelty involved and the dangers of eating dog meat," said Suki Deng, Animals Asia China's cat and dog welfare manager. "Each year opposition to the event grows and the publicity surrounding the event becomes less favorable."
Another 20 animal protection organizations also wrote an open letter to the Yulin government calling for the cancelation of the festival.
"It is not just an issue for Yulin, it is important for the safety of dogs all over the country," it said. "We hope the local government can crack down on underground dog theft and reduce the consumption of dog meat."
Yulin authorities earlier stated the matter was out of their hands as the festival is organized by local people, not the government.

Dissent grows
More and more animal rights activists have been converging on Yulin to protest in front of dog-eaters.
Last year, artist Pian Shankong knelt down in front of a pile of dead dogs in Yulin to beg for forgiveness of the sins of those who killed them.
This year, led by Du Yufeng, founder of Chinese animal rights group Boai Small Animal Protection Center, several volunteers protested outside Yulin's most famous dog meat market, carrying a banner saying "Stop the cruelty, do not eat dogs and cats."
Their protest soon drew notice and the restaurant owner confronted the protesters while trying to wrench the banner away.
The mood of the crowd seemed to favor the festival as onlookers asked "we eat chicken, pork and beef, why not dog meat? It is not against the law."
There are no animal welfare laws in China. The ministry of Agriculture issued a regulation in April, requesting local governments to strengthen cat and dog quarantine measures to control the spread of diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. In response to this, the Yulin government doubled down on its insistence that all dogs eaten at the festival were raised on dog farms.
But one local butcher told the Global Times that he does not pay much attention to the safety issue.
"It is the government's job to decide whether it is ok to eat dog or not, my job is to kill them and make money, I don't ask where they come from," he said.
Li Junqing, head of Yulin's food and drug administration, was spotted at the festival. His loyalties were quite clear. "If you try to stop people from eating dog meat, they might greet you with a knife," he was quoted as saying the Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News as saying.
Not all locals favor eating the dog meat. Tangwei Lingling, 24, said she never eats dog meat, helped animal rights activists with their campaign and acted as a guide to show them how to find the black dog meat market.
"I have two dogs at home, I feel really sad to see how dogs are cruelly killed and eaten. As a local I need to do something to stop them," she told the Global Times.
Animal lover Lisa from Shenyang, Liaoning Province came all the way to join Du's campaign in Yulin after seeing pictures of dogs being skinned.
"Our protest doesn't seem to make a difference because there are too many dog eaters and not so many protesters," she said.
However, the protest blazed a trail across the Internet. A month before the festival, animal lovers petitioned the While House's website, demanding an end be put to the tradition.
"Please help us stop the Yulin festival of eating dogs in Guangxi. It is bloody and disregards life," said the petition created on May 12 and that has collected about 800 signatures.
Online opposition has been further boosted with celebrities joining the cause.

Debatable impactNone of this seems to have phased local residents who have not been put off their canine treats. "Let's keep eating, let reporters take photos and show outsiders how to celebrate the festival" was the general sentiment around town.
However, some restaurant owners told the Global Times that their business had worsened due to the ongoing protests.
"There are rumors saying some people are going to come and put us in jail for killing dogs," one restaurant owner named Zhou said. "Our business is legal, I hope outsiders can show some respect for our tradition."
It seems restaurants don't necessarily need to change their menus anytime soon as volunteers have been trying to buy the dogs' freedom.
Activists pooled together nearly 100,000 yuan to buy the freedom of 450 dogs from the festival, which brings up another problem: what to do with the dogs that are freed.
"The butcher holding a stick in his hands asks you only one question: will you buy it or let it be killed? We didn't have a choice," Du told the Global Times. "Now we are calling for more volunteers to take care of these dogs as many of them are sick."
The tradition is not unique to Yulin. Other places in China such as Zhejiang and Guangdong Province are also known for eating dog meat.
In ancient China, dog meat was considered a medicine that could warm up the body and boost male fertility.
But not all authorities have been as stubborn as those in Yulin. In 2011, the government in Zhejiang Province cancelled a dog meat festival held every October in the wake of animal rights protests.
"A festival can bring economic benefits to a city, but if it poses a threat to people's health and ruins the city's reputation, it's not really worth it,"Professor Sun Jiang from the Northwest University of Politics and Law told the Global Times.
Xie Changping, deputy director of the Guangxi Traditional Culture Research Institute, argues that eating dog meat "is just a traditional habit. Why dowe have to follow Western values on this?"
Zhang Dan, founder of the NGO China Animal Protection Media Salon, argues that if a tradition is becoming a bad habit, it has to go.
"Eating dog meat is dwindling worldwide, it's behind the times," Zhang told the Global Times, "It may be hard to see this habit die out and the biggest challenge will be changing people's minds." 

                  PROTESTA STOP YULIN 2015 EMBAJADA DE CHINA EN MEXICO 3/22/2015

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♦︎Email against the mass dog consumption in Yulin♦︎

Dear Excellency
I am writing to express my deep concerns regarding the pending event that promotes the mass consumption of dog meat in Yulin City, planned to take place on the 21st June, which will result in the brutal killing of an estimated 10,000 dogs.
At previous events, eyewitnesses, local investigators and the media have reported crude and brutal forms of handling and slaughter, including bludgeoning and live-skinning, often in public view.
Despite claims from Yulin officials that the dogs are raised by local farmers, in reality the theft of dogs by criminal gangs to supply the demand for dog meat is an ever-growing problem. Stolen pets and dogs collected from the streets and rural communities are then transported to the city on filthy, overcrowded trucks, posing a significant risk to rabies and other communicable disease transmission.
Whilst some defend the event as a local "folk custom", the reality is that, regardless of its origin, it is a profit-driven event that undermines the national and public interest and safety, and promotes the illegal sourcing and trading of dogs, posing a serious risk to human health, public safety, societal stability, and animal welfare.
I appeal to you to urge the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government to put an end to this event, and to send a clear message of prioritizing the health and welfare of its people and condemning those who make mass profits through the theft, poisoning and trade in dogs.
Yours sincerely. 
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Petition to Stop the Dog Meat Festival
After a long day in YuLin, the 2014 Dog Meat Festival proceeded as scheduled on June 21st. However, it was executed on a smaller scale than in previous years. The Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project managed to save 80 dogs from being slaughtered.
Cat Poster YuLinThe outrage in China is growing with the additional media exposure.  We saw a widely circulated cat flyer called “YuLin, The Shame of China.” There was also an image that paid a solemn tribute to the dogs who have been butchered during the festival. The phrase “6-21″ has been used as a signature of many protests here as a reminder that June 21st is the date of the festival.Additional progress has been made this year through the work of the on-the-ground activists and legal channels. Based on the official reports, the sale of the dog meat has dropped dramatically. Due to the efforts of the Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project, 17 of the dog meat restaurants were closed and four dog meat restaurants didn’t have the proper licenses and were shut down.
The local police officials reported 12 cases involving dog theft, confirming our report to authorities that many vendors were illegally stealing dogs from their homes.  The local agricultural department reported that they worked with the highway patrol and prevented 2 large trucks loaded with over 2,000 dogs from arriving at the festival.
The negative press on this event caused the festival to be smaller this year. Even though this festival is looked down upon internationally, the government claims that this event is not run by them, and they cannot prevent people from having their own parties.
Although we didn’t put an end to the festival this year, the YuLin officials and participants see that the pressure is mounting against them.

                      Building the Pressure to Stop the YuLin Dog Meat Festival

The local YuLin government is definitely feeling the pressure. One of our undercover DuoDuo team members was trying to buy dog meat but the restaurant told her that they didn’t have any. Also, all the restaurants that sell dog meat have the character “dog” covered up. In the photos below you will see in the area marked with a black square how this has been done.
However, we are still facing a big challenge. The local government continues to claim (via the newspapers) that the “Dog Meat Festival” is a folk custom, therefore the government has nothing to do with it. They are implying that they don’t have the authority or power to stop it.
Our team in China will build up a bigger case next week. Let us help them by building the pressure! Please send a letter (sample letter below) or email to the Chinese Ambassador in your neighborhood and to the YuLin FDA office:
chinaembpress_us@mfa.gov.cn(US Embassy in DC, US)
mailto:sp@gxfda.gov.cn (FDA office in YuLin, China)
If you have any friends in China, please ask them to call the YuLin officials to oppose this gruesome event. To call them from the US, you need to add 011-86 and take out the “0″. For example, to call the first person, Mr. Chen, from the States, you dial : 011-86-775-5809001.

Dear Ambassador/YuLin FDA office:
I am adding my voice to thousands of other people

throughout the world in demanding that the Guangxi YuLin

government puts an end to the “Dog Meat Festival” that is
held on June 21.

I have great respect for the Chinese people and Chinese

civilization, but I am horrified to learn that the brutal

Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” still exists in a modern civilized society.
The Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” is internationally perceived as a
disgrace to China. I am adamantly stating my strong opposition to
this gruesome practice. I also urge that your office works with
China’s Department of Agriculture in passing an animal
protection law in China that bans the dog and cat meat trade.

Name and City
Mail can be sent to (in US):
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Attn:Ambassador Cui Tianka
If you live in a different country, please send your letter to your local Chinese embassy.
Ricky Gervais leads campaign against Chinese Yulin Dog Meat Festival that slaughters thousands of canines 
They believe torturing the dog makes the meat tastier. They beat them, burn them, skin & boil them alive!

BY JOEL LANDAU  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: June 16, 2015

Ricky Gervais is one of the most recognizable leaders of a growing international campaign to stop a Chinese festival that calls for thousands of dogs to be cruelly and sometimes brutally slaughtered for their meat.

The actor called on his Twitter followers, who number more than eight million, to decry the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, calling the organizers "disgusting" and "sub human."

"They steal people's pets to torture & eat. What would you do to someone who you caught torturing your dog? I hope you'd stop them somehow," wrote Gervais, whose Twitter picture includes a four-legged friend.

The Humane Society International said the animals, "many still wearing their collars," are being transported to the city in the country's southern Guangxi province to be slaughtered and then eaten during the annual event.

The group is raising money to intercept trucks filled with dogs, shut down intensive dog meat farms and train officials to enforce laws.
Gervais gave a horrific account of what will happen to the animals.

"They believe torturing the dog makes the meat tastier," he wrote. "They beat them, burn them, skin & boil them alive!"

He also posted pictures of some of the canines who were subjected to such treatment, and apologized to his followers but said he felt compelled to show the true horror of the event.

"I was really worried about tweeting those horrific pics from #YulinDogMeatFestival, but your compassion and support is heartwarming. Thanks," he wrote.
He also said he saw video of these acts from the HSI and it broke his heart.

"I will never forget the look of bewilderment and fear on the faces of these poor animals-the dogs and cats await a horrible fate. No animal deserves to be treated like this," he said in a statement through the organization.

A Change.Org petition to stop the massacre has received more than 700,000 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.

Humane Society International spokesman Raul Arce-Contreras told the Daily News the group has not measured the impact Gervais’ involvement in the cause but since he posted it on social media a day ago their petition has been shared thousands of times.

“Having the support of a global star like Ricky Gervais always massively elevates an issue and we're hugely grateful for that,” he said.

Humane Society International sponsored a workshop to help people in China fight the event, and protests have been planned in 50 Chinese cities. The agency said that as many as 10,000 canines could be killed for this event and noted that up to 10 million dogs are killed in China for meat every year.

The festival began in 2010 by dog meat traders. HSI reports that dog meat is not a mainstream delicacy, but part of a subculture.

The organization was able to save two cats and two dogs in the country last month, and named one of the canines "Little Ricky" in Gervais' honor.

Gervais said one of the cats was so frightened that she climbed the wall of her cage to try to escape.

"I cannot imagine anything so dreadful happening to my cat Ollie-I would do anything to protect her," he said in the statement. "Little Ricky and his pals are the lucky ones. They're now safe thanks to HSI, but thousands of others won't be saved unless we do more to stop this."


UK singer Duffy urges British authorities to pressure China over Yulin dog meat festival 


the British Ambassador of China to intervene and stop the controversial dog meat festival held in Yulin city, Guangxi province.
"I urge the Chinese government to listen to the growing movement of concerned Chinese citizens, animal welfare ambassadors and the international community to end this inhumane event, and instead to focus on celebrating man's best friends who have been beside us, loyally, for centuries," the Grammy and Brits award-winning singer was quoted saying in the Express. She also issued a portrait photograph with the hashtag "Stop Yulin".
Unfortunately, dog and cat slaughterhouses have already begun prepping for the event, which is held each year around the summer solstice in June. Many of the dogs used for meat in the festival are family pets stolen off streets. 
Since an estimated 10,000 dogs are transported in cramped cages (often with no water or food), health experts have warned event-goers of the possible risk of rabies; another reason animal rights activists are lobbying to end the mass slaughter event.
"Those who condemn it for animal welfare reasons have new allies in the fight, as health authorities and legal experts are now warning that consumption of dog meat poses both health and legal risks," said Grace Ge Gabriel, IFAW's Asia Regional Director.
Duffy, and the rest of IFAW, are asking people from around the world to sign IFAW's petition letter for Barbara Woodward, the British Ambassador in China.
An increasing number of Chinese citizens have stepped up and spoken out against the festival, including Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou.
[Images via IFAW]
By Sharon Choi
Poor Ian Somerhalder has his work cut out trying to campaign for all of the creatures that he cares for so much. Just last week the Vampire Diaries actor seemed close to breaking point over the killing of an elephant, and now he has another battle to fight.
A dog meat festival in China.
The Vampire Diaries actor was clearly horrified when he heard about the event and went on to spread the news with his 5 million Twitter followers;
The dog meat festival in question takes place in Yulin, China. The ancient dog meat festival has been occurring to celebrate the Summer Solstice every year for generations.
Chinese actress Sun Li also raised awareness alongside joined many other Chinese celebrities calling for the boycott of a festival. She posted a picture of her young son with his dogs along with the caption;
The dog is man's most intimate and loyal friend, and I love dogs, I even regard them as part of my family. My children have learned love from the adoption of stray dogs. I hope people in Yulin, Guangxi will not indulge in eating dog any more
Although the dog meat festival is over for this year, hopefully with the help of Ian Somerhalder and other celebrity activists, this will be the last one...

Jay Chou condemns Yulin Dog Meat Festival, calls it 'absurd' and 'deplorable'

                                                                    Chinese super ster Jay Chou
When Jay Chou preaches, we listen.
This weekend, the Taiwanese superstar of music, film and now Chinese textbooks came out to condemn theYulin Dog Meat Festival. In a statement on his official Weibo account, Chou said: "What kind of absurd holiday is this! You can see someone saying that if people don't buy these dogs he'll kill them, and onlookers just laugh. Please stop this deplorable behaviour."
Alluding to this man who was pictured clasping dogs by the neck with metal prongs, throwing them around and threatening to kill them so as to extort money from animal-lovers, he concluded: "Otherwise, how about I come do the same to you!"
Bet these hapless laowai feel pretty embarrassed now that they're on the wrong side of Mr J.
By Ryan Kilpatrick


Pian Shankong, a 40-year-old performance artist, squats in his underwear     inside a dog cage in front of a dog butcher at a wholesale market in Guiyang city, capital of Southwest China’s Guizhou province, on Dec 19, 2011, urging people to not eat dogs. Since last year, Pian has traveled around many places in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in Southwest China to call for the public to love the animals.


Canine controversy: Chinese festival serves up dog meat

By Connie Young, for CNN 6/23/2014
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Yulin, China (CNN) -- A mob of people have surrounded a group of animal rights activists protesting in the busiest open market in town. It's the eve of Yulin's annual dog meat festival, a tradition that dates back generations to celebrate the summer solstice.
Arguments ensue among those living in the city and the people who condemn the tradition. "Don't you eat beef? If you stop eating beef, then we'll stop eating dog meat," yells one man frustrated with the intense media scrutiny in the Dong Kou open market, where an array of birds, snakes, cats and livestock are sold as daily fresh fare.
Dozens of journalists, filmmakers and photographers have come to the city in China's southeast Guangxi province to document an event that lies at the center of a battle between deeply-ingrained tradition and the encroachment of the modern world. Activists say dogs are part of the daily diet here, with an estimated 10,000 dogs killed for the festival alone.
Ask a local when the tradition of eating dog meat began and you'll likely be met with a dumbfounded expression -- it is akin to asking someone when people started eating beef. For many in the city, eating dog meat is a hard habit to break, despite changing attitudes about the treatment of animals in China.
Rising prices
Another man at the market criticizes the media attention for increasing the price of dog meat, which has doubled since 2011 and now goes for $6 a kilogram.
In one stall, a butcher places a gutted and skinned dog on a wired sheath and uses a blow torch to cook a delicacy known to locals as "crispy skin dog meat." As the shop owner butchers a another piece of dog, flecks of flesh flick onto her face. She tells CNN she's been in the trade for over 10 years.

"This is our tradition and we are used to eating dog. It's our culture and we won't change ... It's tasty! But we won't kill our pet," she says, referring to her own dog who is cowering in the other side of the shop. Her dog tucks his head under a freezer, shielding his eyes from the carcasses of the dogs and cats hanging from hooks.

Signs around the market adorned with pictures of labradors and golden retrievers advertise raw dog meat for sale, despite new government regulations that restrict this practice.

Du Yufeng, a 58-year-old animal rights activists from Sichuan in southwest China, has made it her mission to stop dog meat consumption across China. Her protest in 2011 successfully ended the dog meat festival in Jinhua, in Zhejiang province -- and she has now turned her attention to Yulin. It's her fourth year protesting at the festival, and while dog meat continues to be a tourist attraction for the city, Du feels that there is growing awareness of animal rights in this city of six million people.

"I feel like we've had a lot of improvement in public awareness. The first time we came here in 2011 all you could hear were dogs wailing as soon as you entered into the city," Du says, as she picks off ticks from the scruff of a black dog she rescued that morning.
"The biggest change is that the word dog on street signs have to be covered. This means the government has become aware that this needs to be canceled. Many people also realize that eating dog is not an honorable thing," adds Du.
Du is one of over 20 volunteers who have descended upon the city from the far reaches of China, to boycott the festival. Many run dog and cat shelters in their hometowns and have spent their life savings to rescue abandoned and diseased animals. But canceling the annual Yulin festival is now their main objective.
Another activist, Zhao Yangsu, said this is her first year protesting against the Yulin dog meat festival. The soft spoken 59-year old, who came to the city from Chongqing, says she's spent her retirement money, roughly $1,000, to save dogs -- a fact she's reluctant to share with her children. She and another volunteer operate from makeshift shelter on the corner of a street in Yulin, only a block from where live dogs are traded on a daily basis.
Though she has come here to fight for the rights of these animals, she's pessimistic about any meaningful change here.
This is our tradition and we are used to eating dog. It's our culture and we won't change.
Butcher, Yulin
"I have no hope that these people will change and our ability to make change is not significant enough," Zhao says. "We have to go through the government to create some laws to protect these animals, but there are no laws and our ability to do anything is insignificant."
Yang Yuhua, a 64-year-old retired steel worker, has also spent her life savings protecting street dogs and cats in Chongqing, and now she says she doesn't even have money to charge her phone. Yang was cradling a dead puppy when CNN arrived at the makeshift shelter. She says the puppy was born after they had rescued a pregnant dog and this one did not make it. Almost all the dogs appeared injured, disfigured and diseased.
"What we need the most now is medicine, but it's the most expensive thing," Yang says as as she tears up. Many of the dogs in her care are in desperate need of antibiotics to fight off infection, but the volunteers don't know where to find them in the city.
Together, the activists say they've saved more than 400 dogs this year alone in Yulin -- yet this number will be dwarfed by the number of animals likely to be slaughtered for food at the festival. Asked what makes this different from eating beef or pork, Du Yunfeng's answer is unequivocal.
"You cannot categorically say that all animals should either be eaten or not eaten," she says.
"Every animal has their its own value and worth. For example, grass-eating animals are meant to be supplied to humans. But these companion animals, such as dogs and cats, they are meant to contribute to human production -- such as drug-sniffing dogs or watch dogs,
"So eating these animals compared to eating pork and lamb are two different things. Their value is not the same."
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Dog meat festival held in China despite mounting protests   
About 48 restaurants in Yulin still served dog dishes. (Source: Reuters)
People in southern China have celebrated an annual dog meat festival by slaughtering over 2,000 dogs despite mounting protests from animal welfare groups and pet owners.
The festival was celebrated on Saturday to mark the summer solstice in Yulin City of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
About 2,000 dogs were consumed, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Though the dog meat was freely eaten earlier, it has now been restricted to few areas in China due to spirited campaign mounted by activists all over the country.
Thousands of captured dogs which were on their way to being slaughtered were seized by the activists.
In Yulin City, farmers and vendors packed dogs into cages and transported them to the market for selling.
The roads were crowded with people, motorbikes and cars, the Xinhua report said.
Among sellers and buyers in the market, a group of people attracted attention.
They also bought dogs, but not for eating.
“We have bought more than 200 dogs and planned to bring them to our hometown. We cannot stop local people celebrating the long-standing festival, but we can save as many dogs in our own way,” said a woman surnamed Yang, a dog lover from Tianjin, who paid an average 500 yuan (USD 85) for each dog.
Although local residents did not give up their traditional habit, the dog meat festival sales have decreased under pressure from animal welfare groups and dog lovers, who have protested in markets and restaurants over the past few days.
Some protests even led to confrontations, Xinhua reported.
As of Friday, 17 local restaurants serving dog dishes had stopped this business, while four other illegal ones were banned by the city’s food and drug administration, said the administration’s deputy head Chen Taotao.

Dog meat festival celebrated despite mounting protests

People in south China celebrated the annual dog meat festival on Saturday despite mounting protests from animal welfare groups and pet owners.
On the festival, slated for June 21 this year to mark the summer solstice in Yulin City of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, about 2,000 dogs are often consumed.
In the morning, farmers and vendors packed dogs into cages and transported them to the market for selling. The roads were crowded with people, motorbikes and cars.
"I come every year. This time, I caged three dogs for trade. All are raised by my family," said a farmer from Fumian District.
A vendor surnamed Pang from Xingye County said that he bought dogs in villages before the summer solstice and traded them later in the market.
"In previous years, I can sell 70 to 80 dogs on the occasion and earn four yuan (less than one US dollar) per kilogram of dog meat," he added.
Among sellers and buyers in the market, a group of people attracted attention. They also bought dogs, but not for eating.
"We have bought more than 200 dogs and planned to bring them to our hometown. We cannot stop local people celebrating the long-standing festival, but we can save as many dogs in our own way," said a woman surnamed Yang, a dog lover from Tianjin City, who paid an average of 400 yuan to 500 yuan for each dog.
Although local residents did not give up their traditional habit, the dog meat festival sales have decreased under pressure from animal welfare groups and dog lovers, who have protested in markets and restaurants over the past few days. Some protests even led to confrontations.
As of Friday, 17 local restaurants serving dog dishes had stopped this business, while four other illegal ones were banned by the city's food and drug administration, said the administration's deputy head Chen Taotao.
Chen said 48 restaurants in Yulin are still serving dog dishes.

5 Things You Need to Know About China’s Dog-Eating Festival

Winter Solstice Became Dog Slaughter Day in Guizhou
A dog is caged before slaughter in Guizhou, China, where many locals consume dog meat during the winter.
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As the annual festival sparks unprecedented backlash, here’s what you need to know beyond the howling protests

Winter Solstice Became Dog Slaughter Day in GuizhouA dog is caged before slaughter in Guizhou, China, where many locals consume dog meat during the winter.

1. It’s real.

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In Yulin, summer solstice marks the coming of the hottest days for the Chinese city. The remote, woody city (literally “jade forest”) celebrates the astronomical event—this year, June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere—with its annual dog-eating festival. The local tradition reportedly began in the 1990s, but the local practice of eating dog meat outdates written history.

According to Chinese lore, eating dog meat stimulates internal heat, making it a food that wards off winters’ cold. But on this inaugural day of summer, it’s a superstition that’s driving dog consumption: the meat is believed to bring good luck and health. At the festival, hotpots are fired up, lychees peeled and liquors poured. Animal activists estimate over 10,000 dogs are killed for the festival, according to China Daily, the government’s English-language mouthpiece.

2. China doesn’t have an animal protection law, but experts still claim the festival is illegal.

A draft law was proposed in 2009 to punish animal abusers with a 6000 yuan (over $900) fine and two weeks of detention. It also proposed that organizations found guilty of selling dog or cat meat be charged with a fine between 10,000 yuan ($1600) and 500,000 yuan ($80,000). To date, the National People’s Congress has not signed the law; it has yet to issuea statement on it.

Still, some legal experts argue the festival is illegal under regulationspassed by the Ministry of Agriculture in 2013 which require laboratory quarantine for animals before transportation, a practice that’s “rare to see,” animal rights lawyer An Xiang told China Daily. Even more, many dogs are stolen, abducted, raised in households, making dog trade difficult to document (there are also dog farms, too). In 2011, though, Chinese activists stopped a truck transporting dogs to a restaurant and paid 115,000 yuan (then, around $17,000) to free the animals.

3. Outrage on social media over this year’s festival is unprecedented.

For years, hundreds of thousands of Chinese netizens have been vocal in opposing dog-eating festivals. Though keeping dogs as pets was banned during the Cultural Revolution, dog ownership has become popular among China’s growing middle-class.

This year, in addition to a petition, puppy rescues and editorials, many celebrities have joined in protesting Yulin’s festival on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. Actress Sun Li uploaded photos of her son with their adopted stray dog, and singer-actress Yang Mi posted a plea to end dog eating with an anti-Yulin festival poster that’s flooding Chinese social media. In the poster, a dog sheds a red tear, saying, “Please don’t eat us. We’re your friends.”

4. The festival may have begun early to avoid protestors.

Yulin locals have reportedly kicked-off the celebrations a week early to avoid activists and journalists, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Street vendors and restaurants selling dog meat have covered upthe Chinese character for dog, too, in an effort to mitigate controversy.

5. Dog-eating festivals have been banned in the past, but Yulin officials claim the festival does not exist.

In 2011, Chinese authorities banned the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival after a widespread social media campaign launched by animal rights activists. The 600-year tradition, held annually in September, commemorated a fourteenth-century battle victory when a rebel leader ordered dogs in Jinhua to be slaughtered because their barking warned the city of his army’s approach.

In contrast, the Yulin Municipal People’s Government issued astatement on June 7 in response to the social media outrage, stating that while locals in recent years have hosted small gatherings to consume dog meat and lychees, a widespread festival for these activities has never existed.

“The so-called summer solstice lychee dog meat festival does not exist,” it reads. “Neither Yulin government nor social organizations have ever held such activities.”

The influx of hundreds of animal rights activists and dog lovers to Yulin, Guangxi during the past month appeared to have an impact, with local officials lowering the profile of yesterday's much-criticised dog-eating festival.
Consumption of dog meat at Yulin's restaurants is believed to have decreased significantly from last year, local restaurants and market operators say.
The run-up to the festival saw a series of confrontations between locals and animal right activists. On Friday night, more than 100 restaurant owners, residents and dog traders surrounded four animal right activists for at least an hour. The activists had to call the police to take them away as no taxi would carry them.
At midnight on Friday, the eve of the festival, activists went around the city to search slaughterhouses that they expected would be in full swing. Instead they found them closed.
Yesterday morning, activists held banners and posters in front of the Yulin government headquarters proclaiming "Yulin, I cry for you today" and calling for greater food safety. The protest ended after several policemen and residents confronted the activists. "Get out of Yulin!" some plain-clothes policemen were heard shouting.

Activists and locals clash in Yulin yesterday. Photo: David WongAs they protested, dog meat stalls in Dongkou, home to Yulin's biggest wet market, were crowded with local customers. Seven or eight dog carcasses hunging from each stand. But a taxi driver said the throngs of dog meat vendors seen at almost every busy intersection last year were absent. "They have all gone this year," the driver said. "And far fewer residents went to restaurants today as well."
Traditionally, people in Yulin celebrate the summer solstice by eating dog meat and lychees washed down by strong liquor. Each June in recent years, more than 10,000 dogs were slaughtered for the festival as tourists flooded the streets to enjoy the feasting.
The Yulin city government has always insisted that it does not support or sponsor the festival, saying the event was something businesses and local people invented. It is not an official holiday.
This year authorities took additional measures to play down the event, which they believe tarnishes the city's image.
"A large number of lawyers, scholars and activists from more than 60 animal rights associations have visited the city to investigate the festival. It has already raised a nationwide debate on whether people should call for an end to the practice, citing cruelty, local customs, the black market and food safety," said Zhang Yuanyuan, China director of Act Asia, an animal protection organisation based in the UK.
Earlier this month, the Yulin government declared that it did not sponsor the event and would strictly enforce food safety regulations. Civil servants, teachers and medical staff were also ordered not to eat dog meat at restaurants. And restaurants serving dog meat were ordered to cover the word "dog" on their signs.
From late last week, imports to Yulin of live dogs from provinces that did not carry out laboratory testing of the animals were banned. Vendors were also banned from slaughtering dogs at wet markets or on the street.
Authorities also told vendors to reduce dog meat sales as some restaurant owners said they had received dozens of threatening phone calls and messages from dog lovers.
"Officials have been ordered not to eat dog meat at restaurants. And some crazy unidentified people broke down the door of our slaughterhouses and stalls and stole our dogs. They are actually the robbers and are breaking the law," said an owner of one of the city's most popular restaurants.
She said business was down by about a third after the confrontation between locals and animal rights ac tivists.
Some residents said they had already gathered last weekend to eat dog meat and lychees in celebration of the year's longest day, despite yesterday being the summer solstice.
"My husband is a policeman and I also work at a state-run company. We don't want trouble. But we don't want to give up the most important local customs," resident Zhang Bing said. "So we went to my mother-in-law's home at a remote village last weekend and ate dog meat with family and friends.
"The dogs we eat are raised by local villagers just like pigs and chicken," she said. "The summer solstice tradition of eating dog and lychees has been long held in the countryside. It became a festival as more and more dog meat restaurants opened in Yulin in the past decades. Residents would invite friends to go out and enjoy dog meat hot pot there.
"Yulin people eat dog meat in all seasons, just like Cantonese eat chicken every day and foreigners eat beef. I miss last summer when friends got together and enjoyed dog meat and lychees at the crowded restaurants at night. It did look like a wonderful festival."
According to research carried out over a year at Yulin's dog meat market, released by the Guangdong-based animal rights NGO Best Volunteer Centre, the city had more than 100 slaughterhouses, processing between 30 and 100 dogs a day.
"We believe 99 per cent of these dogs in Yulin were stolen from other provinces and transported to Yulin illegally, instead of being raised at legal dog farms," said Huang Shandai, the NGO's founder.
According to the the Yulin Centre for Animal Disease Control and Prevention, the city had only eight dog slaughterhouses, selling about 200 dogs a day but reaching about 2,000 dogs during the summer solstice, Xinhua reported.
Most dogs sold in Yulin were healthy and raised in nearby villages, the report said, rather than being stolen from other provinces as the animal-lovers claimed.

Dogged resistance: Animal activists at the Yulin dog meat festival



One dealer threatens to strangle the dog if no one offers a better price. A woman instantly pays his price. (Photo/CFP

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How are you celebrating the Summer Solstice? In Yulin, China a feast of 10,000 dogs is planned for this weekend.

As a dog lover I cannot imagine anything worse than my best friend used for food - and the thought of her being beaten, hung, skinned, blowtorched or even boiled alive leaves me frozen and distressed. Imagine then an entire festival devoted to eating dog as part of a trade where such methods are commonplace. This is not a myth created to shock - it's a fact.
Since the 1990s in the city of Yulin - in a rural part of China, the Southern province of Guangxaround 10,000 dogs are slaughtered so that they can be eaten on or around June 21st. The meat is served with lychees as a stew.
You may wonder how so many dogs are found - in fact they are shipped in on huge dog trucks in tightly packed cages. Some are from 'dog farms' but most are rounded up strays and former pets. I have witnessed entire cages full of dogs being literally thrown to the ground from the tops of trucks several metres high.

Former pets in the meat trade: photo Kyenan Kum , IAKA

Is this culturally acceptable....or even legal? Unfortunately, China has no real animal protection laws - certainly not for the dogs and cats who end up as part of the human food chain - and because the trade is unofficial and black market it is not even subjected to health, trade or food production laws. Culture aside, Chinese consumers have many reasons to think twice.
And as if this were not bad enough, China is not the only country with a dog and cat meat trade. During the hot summer months it is estimated that over 12. 5 million dogs and cats are eaten each year in South Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia - and in nearly every instance, torture is demanded. It is still believed by some that the more suffering a dog endures the more potent or tender is the resulting meat or that if a cat is boiled into a soup or drink it can cure ailments. Many believe dog meat can treat impotency. Governments turn a blind eye and stay silent. The dog meat trade - illegal and unregulated - is lucrative for some who will not be willing to relinquish it and so far there has been no political will to address this.
Thankfully, there is a glimmer of hope: times are changing and so are attitudes. This year's Yulin festival has become more subdued and secretive having attracted unprecedented opposition amongst activists and celebrities from both inside and outside of China. Social media has played a huge role in spreading information and the gruesome images of suffering animals are now shared far and wide.
The charity World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade runs the 'NoToDogMeat' campaign. Originating as a lobbying page on Facebook WPDCM works to raise awareness at home and abroad and aims to make a lasting difference to the welfare of animals in those countries affected.

NoToDogMeat campaigners have been outside the Chinese Embassy all week and the BBC petitioning against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival
Photo: Brett Allan

Many people in the UK and other western countries have not even heard of the dog meat trade. I continue to lobby our own government and the UN for at least an acknowledgement of the existence of the trade. In December last year I spoke at the APGAW annual general meeting on Companion Animals and this week hand delivered a letter for the Chinese prime minister Li who was in London this week. Routinely, Chinese Embassy officials are unresponsive to protest and will rarely open the door for petitions. Recently even a group of Chinese people wishing to pay tribute to the Tiananmen victims were refused.
People often ask how we can make a difference being so far away, but through social media we can all connect with activists and other welfare groups and our collective voice is powerful. Freedom of speech is curtailed in China but here we can speak out, without the same fear of reprisal and this makes a genuine difference for activists abroad.
The sad reality remains for now that with a festival like Yulin even if it is banned publicly the cruelty will still go on behind closed doors.
To find out more about our work please visit http://www.notodogmeat.com You can also find us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/NoToDogMeat and twitter @NoToDogMeat World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade registered charity 1154524
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◆Dog-eating festival in China hounded by activists 
This woman has paid US$56 to save the dog from being eaten. (photo/CFP)

◆China Dog Meat Festival: Protests Begin as 10,000 Sign Petition Banning Yulin Feast

June 20.2014
Protestors have started targeting restaurants and businesses sellingdog meat ahead of the 2014 Yulin dog meat festival in the southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
Retailers said animal rights groups and campaigners have been entering the city in the hope of saving dogs and putting a stop to the annual event.
The feast, which includes eating dog hotpot and lychees, is due to take place on 21 June to mark the summer solstice, although some locals have had the feast early to avoid protests.
According to Xinhua news agency, activists searching for dog slaughterhouses stopped a motorcyclist carrying eight animals. He eventually agreed to sell the dogs for 1,150 yuan (£110). They also bought six puppies at a dog market for 1,200 yuan.
Dog lover Yang Yuhua, 64, said: "As long as we can save one dog, we will do it."
As well as animal cruelty issues, lawyers and health authorities have warned the dog meat could be infected and poses a health risk because of the lack of official quarantines and inspections.
Uyulin dog meat festival
Activists saving dogs from the slaughter by buying them from vendors.Reuters

While many locals have said it is their right to hold the event – there is no law against eating dog meat – retailers said the national and international condemnation has led to fewer people celebrating.
"My grandfather, my father and I all sell dog meat. I could sell dozens of dogs a day last year during this time, but I only sold a few this year," one of the retailers said.
The protesting comes as a petition signed by 10,000 people was delivered to the Chinese government calling for the Yulin dog meat festival to be banned.
Humane Society International UK delivered the petition to the Chinese Ambassador in London.
In a letter, also sent to Chinese ambassadors in the US, Canada, Yulin and Guangxi, said: "Since its inception in 2009, the Yulin mass dog slaughter for the summer solstice celebration has attracted worldwide criticism.
"Right now, dogs are being cruelly bound, confined, trucked and slaughtered over long distances. Mass transport, slaughter, and consumption of dog meat during the summer solstice are high-risk activities against which responsible governments must intervene.

A restaurant owner gestures at animal rights activist Du Yufeng during a verbal fight in Yulin, South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on June 21, locally known as "Dog Meat Festival." Photo: Li Hao/GT↓

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A Chinese animal lover consoles a dog after a convoy of trucks carrying some 500 dogs to be sold as meat, were stopped along a highway in Beijing on early April 17, 2011, and the dogs were later rescued to the China Animal Protection Association. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
China has banned a dog-eating festival that dates back more than 600 years after a Chinese internet uproar over the way dogs are slaughtered, the official Xinhua news agency reports.
Dogs are butchered in the streets of Qianxi township in coastal Zhejiang province to prove the meat is fresh during the ancient festival, which is usually held in October.
The festival marks a local military victory during the Ming dynasty, in which dogs in Qianxi were killed so they would not bark and alert the enemy, state-run Xinhua says. 
After the victory, dog meat was served at a celebratory feast, and since then local people have eaten dog meat at temple fairs held during traditional Chinese holidays, Agence France-Presse reported.
"The ancient fair was replaced by a modern commodity fair in the 1980s, but dog eating has been kept as a tradition," Xinhua says.
More from GlobalPost: Can eating dogs be done humanely?
"However, vendors began to butcher dogs in public a few years ago to show their dog meat is fresh and safe, as a way to ease buyers' worry that the meat may be refrigerator-preserved or even contaminated."
Thousands of Chinese internet users criticized the dog-eating festival on social networking sites, and called for the local Qianxi government to intervene.
"The government's quick response should be encouraged. I hope eating dogs will not be a custom there anymore. It's not a carnival, but a massacre," wrote an internet user named "Junchangzai" on a Chinese micro-blogging website, in a post that was "re-tweeted" 100,000 times, Xinhua says.
While dog ownership was banned in China during the Cultural Revolution as a bourgeois habit, it has become increasingly popular with China's growing middle class and one-child families, Reuters says.  From Globalpost

To eat, or not to eat dog meat

By Xiao Lixin China Daily, June 13, 2014
The controversial annual dog meat-eating festival will be held on the summer solstice (June 21) in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, when more than 10,000 dogs are likely to be slaughtered and served as hotpots with litchis and strong liquor.
The festival has once again brought China's animal rights activists together, who, in collaboration with some well-known actors, have urged Yulin residents to stop eating dog meat and abolish the festival. This year, however, the confrontation between the groups opposed to and supporting the festival is far more intense, with one citing social and moral norms to prove its point and the other demanding respect for local customs.
In a joint appeal last year, 20 animal protection organizations such as the Research Center for Animal Protection of the Northwest University of Politics and Law and China Small Animal Protection Association have said 2013 revealed a "black chain" of trading in stolen pet and stray dogs to Yulin. Worse, they say, because of lack of strict quarantine inspection, much of the dog meat sold in the market could be infected with rabies or other diseases jeopardizing the health of consumers.
Recent years have seen the emergence of similar animal-related issues - for example, extraction of bear bile and protection of stray dogs and cats in communities. But despite the concerted efforts of animal rights activists, things have not always turned out to be their liking. Waves of protests and resistance have had a social impact, but in most cases they have been temporary with things returning to "normal" after a while, prompting people to wonder whether fundamentals exist to guarantee protection to animals or their struggles will simply end in fruitless quarrels.
The dog meat-eating festival in Yulin is only a local folk custom, without any official sanction, to celebrate the summer solstice. The controversy over the festival reveals the confrontation between traditional customs and the modern idea of animal protection. While defenders of local traditions want to continue them and enjoy the traditional local dishes, animal rights activists want festivals like Yulin to be banned because they believe dogs, as man's best friend, should not be killed for food. With such extremely opposite opinions, the two sides are unlikely to resolve their differences any time soon.
Perhaps they should learn from the example set by South Korea, a country that has a much longer dietary tradition of eating dog meat. In South Korea, people believe that dog meat helps ward off the effects of hot summer days, although the debate over whether South Koreans should continue eating dog meat continues to occupy public space.
Way back in 1988, when Seoul was about to host the Olympic Games, animal protection groups from some countries demanded that South Korea ban the practice of eating dog meat and even "threatened" to boycott the Olympics if such a measure was not taken. To strike a balance between South Koreans' love for dog meat and some foreign countries' and animal rights groups' demand for a ban, the South Korean government forced restaurants selling dog meat to shift from downtown to areas less likely to be frequented by foreigners visiting the country to watch the Olympics Games. And during the 2002 World Cup, which South Korea co-hosted with Japan, a large number of such restaurants in Seoul were either closed down or moved to the city's outskirts or other cities for good.
In China, owing to the legal vacuum on the protection of domestic (or non-wild) animals, banning the dog meat-eating festival will not be a good solution. It requires time to encourage Yulin residents to change their dietary habit. Animal rights activists should respect other people's choice of food in this vast country of more than 50 ethnic groups.
But it is also important for people who eat dog meat to understand animal rights activists' appeal. The local government in Yulin could use the South Korean example to at least control the number of dogs slaughtered on the summer solstice and minimize the negative social effects of the festival.
The author is a writer with China Daily. xiaolixin@chinadaily.com.cn.

Yulin govt denies organizing dog meat festival as opposition grows

Local government in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has claimed it has never organized any form of dog meat festival amid an increasing chorus of protests from animal rights activists, legal professionals, celebrities and food safety experts.
The annual festival, which starts June 21 on the summer solstice, involves eating dog meat hotpot and lychees and drinking strong liquor. It has been a local tradition for decades and attracts thousands of diners every year.
Strong emotional attachment to the loyal companion animal is the main reason for opponents to protest the festival, while they also claim that a large portion of meat served in the market came from pet dogs that were brutally killed.
Yet many others hold different opinions. A survey conducted by Sina which attracted over 50,000 people as of press time Sunday showed that more than 60 percent of respondents do not agree with the protest as eating dog meat is not against any laws and the activists should not interfere with others' rights or tradition. Meanwhile, 31 percent said eating dog meat is unacceptable.
Vendors in Yulin said that they only sell "edible dogs" that are bred like other livestock. Wei Wanli, an official with the local livestock management bureau, also said that these dogs need to pass aquarantine test before entering the market, according to the West China Metropolis Daily.
The Ministry of Agriculture issued a quarantine regulation on dogs and cats last year, requiring laboratory quarantine for the animals before they are transported.
"But in practice, this regulation is not well-enforced," said Liu Lang, director of the Beijing Small Animal Veterinary Association.
Numerous media reports in recent years have highlighted the illegal hunting and slaughter of straydogs, which drew worries about food safety as the meat could be infected.
A 600-year dog meat festival in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province was canceled permanently in 2011. Yulin government said it has never been an official activity and vowed to strengthen quarantine inspection and punishment of illegal dog theft.

 Yulin Dog Meat Festival needs to be stopped! 

Workers unload dogs from a truck at Binjiang Road in Yulin. 
The dogs will be butchered before being sent to restaurants. Photo: Li Hao/GT↓

Activists move to halt dog meat festival

Animal rights activists, lawyers, celebrities and food safety experts are lobbying to stop an upcoming festival that serves dog meat in Yulin, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
The annual festival, slated for June 21, involves eating dog meat hotpot and lychees and drinking strong liquor on the summer solstice. It is a cherished tradition among Yulin residents. Thousands of diners are expected to crowd streets and enjoy the feast.
Animal rights activists estimate that more than 10,000 dogs are killed during the festival, which has angered dog lovers and spurred criticism online.
Chinese pop stars, such as Chen Kun and Yang Mi, have begun protesting the festival on their accounts on Sina Weibo, a popular micro-blogging service.
"Most of the discussion is centered on the emotional or sentimental aspect of eating dogs," said Zheng Zhishan, a program officer with the International Fund for Animal Welfare. "But it is more important to look at the food safety aspect."
Liu Lang, director of the Beijing Small Animal Veterinary Association, said dog meat is not listed in the food quarantine and inspection for supervision, which creates safety risks in the processing and eating of dog meat.
The Ministry of Agriculture issued a quarantine regulation on dogs and cats last year, requiring laboratory quarantine for the animals before they are transported.
"But in practice, this regulation is not well enforced," Liu said.
Liu said the laboratory quarantine would cost 200 yuan to 300 yuan per dog ($31.80 to $47.70).
"Local residents cannot afford that price if all the dogs eaten at the festival went through such a quarantine," he said.
He added that butchers slaughtering dogs could get infected with rabies if the dogs are not properly quarantined, which would put the butchers' lives in danger.
Activists fear that high demand is encouraging the abduction of strays or pets. Officials, however, contend that the canines bred for the dinner table are raised by local dog farms.
An Xiang, an animal rights lawyer in Beijing, said that according to his research and investigations, there are no such dog farms. All the dogs are raised in households and abducted from streets.
The protest has been going on for several years but the festival has never stopped. Last year, activities in protest of the festival included open letters to the Yulin government, recruitment of celebrities to condemn the practice and even a petition to the president of the United States.
Local residents are not happy, either.
"It is our tradition and our right to eat dog meat. If we are cruel and brutal, what about those who eat pork, beef and chicken?" said Wei Zhengde, a 28-year-old Yulin resident.

A dog howls at its fate at a slaughterhouse in Yulin. Photo: Li Hao/GT↓

 More than 15000 dogs are slaughtered as part of 'tradition'  

A butcher preparing carcasses for the Dog Meat Festival 

 Poor dogs awaiting their fate, this festival has to stop!! Be their voice!! 

 It’s not a “festival” at all, it’s the excuse for barbarian, cruelty & massacre!

Many of the dogs slaughtered are strays or abducted pets! 

Yulin Dog Meat Festival due to take place 21st June, it has to be stopped! 

Up to 15,000 dogs are slaughtered for this festival seen as 'tradition' 

Local residents gather at a riverside road in Yulin to eat dog meat on June 21. Photo: Li Hao/GT↓

Waiting to be sold for meat, this dog is unaware of his grisly fate. Sullen trader looks on.

3 barbaric fucktards in China. Big men. 

Activists call for a boycott of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where 10,000 dogs will be killed http://t.co/0kqQAtSTtf 


Frightened dog

 Trussed and tied, mouth tightly bound 


DOG'S TERROR:no animal should b treated like the dog in photo http://t.co/uW32hsErug 


Chinese animal activists flocked to Yulin, to save the lives of hundreds of dogs before the local dog meat festival began on last Friday. More than 20 activists from various cities in China, most of them Buddhists, spent more than 100,000 yuan (around HK$126,000), most donated by animal lovers, to buy and save around 400 dogs from the localmarkets.The activists have re-settled these dogs on a farm in Shangrao, Jiangxi. “This year most of the dogs are females. They are pregnant. It’s so cruel,” said Du Yufeng, 55, an activist from an animal protection association.
An animal lover, Du founded the group after the 2008 Tibet earthquake, when many dogs had to be killed for reasons of public sanitation, she said. “These dogs live in a very poor conditions [in the market]. They don’t have water to drink and some of them died soon after we saved them,’’ said Hong Bin, 40, a Buddhist artist who joined the dog rescue. ↓



Stop the YuLin Dog Meat Festival

Our goal is to put an end to the brutal annual dog meat festival in YuLin, China. The Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project is a nonprofit public benefit corporation.
Hiring local investigators and informers to track the illegal capture of dogs from homes and farmlands. Encouraging local people to use their cell phones to take photos and file a report.

* Recruiting teachers to provide workshops and classes in local schools on the cruelty of the trade, with heightened emphasis during the three months leading up to the annual dog meat festival in 2014
* Printing, publishing, and posting informational brochures and fliers throughout Yulin City, Guang Xi Province where the dog meat festival is held
* Sponsoring billboards in busy intersections and bus stops about the cruelty of the dog meat trade
* Hiring Chinese legal teams to gain traction with local officials and push for legislation banning the festival

* Sponsoring media professionals for in-depth coverage on the illegality of the dog meat industry before the festival.  A similar media coverage made in 2/2013 in Guanzhou, China.

About the Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project:
DuoDuo Animal Welfare Project (DDAWP) was founded in February 2013 with the goal of building stronger relationships between animal-loving communities in the United States and animal advocates in Taiwan and China through the provision of financial and other resources for on-the-ground projects.  These projects include humane outreach and education, spaying and neutering, the passage of humane legislation, and animal re-homing. Currently, DuoDuo Animal Welfare Project is focusing on ending the annual dog meat festival in YuLin City, China.  For more information, please visit:http://www.duoduoproject.org
Mailing address: DuoDuo Animal Welfare Project,  1030 E. El Camino Real #302, Sunnyvale, CA 94087  
Questions: info@duoduoproject.org   Tel: 408-220-5407

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