Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival
On 22nd June the southern Chinese city of Yulin will hold its annual dog meat festival. Around 2,000 dogs will be slaughtered.
The dogs are stolen from their homes or snatched from the street and crammed into cages so small and with such force their bones will break.
They will endure multiple days of horrendous transport conditions and torturous heat, leaving most sick, dehydrated and, in some cases, dead.
Dog meat traders started the annual Yulin festival when they saw an opportunity to make money, but the event has attracted widespread criticism over cruelty and consumer health risks from the illegal trade in dog meat.
Non-profit organisation Animals Asia works in China and Vietnam to end the trade of dogs and cats for food and to improve the welfare of companion animals.
A public outcry saw last year’s event drastically reduced in scale, with the number of dogs killed dropping to 2,000 from the 10,000 of previous years.
Irene Feng, Animals Asia China Cat and Dog Welfare Director said:
"Opposition to Yulin has grown remarkably in China in recent years as dog ownership and animal welfare awareness has increased. People have seen that change is possible after the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival was abandoned in 2011 following widespread protest. The people have seen that change is possible and they know that both the law and wider public opinion is on their side. If the campaigners remain steadfast, then it will only be a matter of time before the Yulin festival is cancelled too."
Open Letter to the Dog Meat Traders of Yulin
Ahead of this year’s event, Animals Asia has launched #ItsNoFestival, an open letter asking dog meat traders to end the practice.
Please help Animals Asia end the Yulin dog meat festival and stop the slaughter of thousands of dogs by signing and sharing this open letter.
Just one signature can make a difference in helping save the lives of these dogs. Choose to help. 2,000 dogs are counting on you!
Please end the Yulin dog meat festival, which has seen the theft and slaughter of an estimated 50,000 dogs since it was started.
Please stop the illegal capture and torture of dogs, and please protect consumers from meat that comes from diseased and poisoned dogs.
China is making great strides in animal welfare, but we believe this event is a stain on Yulin and on the nation.
We urge you to cancel the upcoming festival on June 22 and to abandon the illegal dog meat trade.
Sign here http://itsnofestival.animalsasia.org/#openletter
Petition - Shut Down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival
US non-profit animal welfare group Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project started a petition at change.org calling for the cancellation of the event. It has received more than 208,000 signatures so far.
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