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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.
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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.
Ian Somerhalder Crusades Against Cruel Dog Meat Festival
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'
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.
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Yulin festival dog meat sales down as activists take the fight to tradition
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.
As 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
Photo: Brett Allan
◆China Dog Meat Festival: Protests Begin as 10,000 Sign Petition Banning Yulin Feast
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."
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.
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"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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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