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Change.org Petition: Stop The Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival

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Last post 25/06/2015

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      In Yulin, China, they apparently have this festival where they sacrifice dogs for food as a part of the festivities. According to the CNN report, this festival began in 2009.
      I've never heard of it, but I feel it won't hurt to voice my opposition to any such act.

      You can read about it here:

      http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/18/opinions/china-yulin-dog-festival-peter-li/

      You can sign the Change.org petition here:

      https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-eating-festival

        I seriously doubt the Chinese care what the rest of the world thinks. and while we in the west may think eating dogs is abhorrent ( Obama can tell you what one tastes like ) they are a source of food in that part of the world. how is that really any different than say a bbq festival in the US?

          http://news.yahoo.com/chinese-woman-pays-rescue-100-dogs-meat-festival-104053981.html

          A Chinese woman has paid over $1,000 to save 100 canines from being eaten during a dog meat festival, media said Sunday, as activists have lashed out at the event labelling it cruel.

          Animal-loving Yang Xiaoyun paid about 7,000 yuan (US$1,100) to save around 100 dogs in the southern city of Yulin on Saturday, web portal Netease reported.

          The city holds an annual festival devoted to the animal's meat on the summer solstice, which has provoked an increasing backlash from animal protection activists.

          Reports said that Yang, 65, plans to rehouse the dogs at her home nearly 2,000 kilometres (124 miles) away in Tianjin.

          Pictures posted online showed her browsing a market in Yulin where the dogs were kept in cages.

          Activists, who say the festival is cruel, have in the past travelled to the city to hold demonstrations, sometimes buying dogs to save them from the cooking pots.

          Locals have been quoted as saying that animals are killed in a humane way for the festival, where their meat is then served with lychees.

          The majority of "meat dogs" in the country are stolen pets and strays, according to an investigation published this month by Hong Kong-based charity Animals Asia, though eating dog is unusual in most parts of China.

          Around 30 million households in the country are estimated to keep dogs as pets, helping to fuel the growing animal rights movement.

          This year the festival has been targeted by British Comedian Ricky Gervais, who posted a series of messages on Twitter with the hashtag "StopYuLin2015".

          The city's government has tried to distance itself from the event.

          "Some residents of Yulin have the habit of coming together to eat lychees and dog meat during the summer solstice," the city's news office wrote on Sina Weibo, a Chinese Twitter equivalent.

          "The 'summer solstice lychee and dog meat festival' is a commercial term, the city has never (officially) organised a 'dog meat festival'," it added.

          Eating dog is not illegal in China, but the government called on meat vendors to respect food safety laws.

          "Yulin is an open, tolerant and civilised city," it said. "We welcome people across the world to pay attention to Yulin."

            Eating dogs is considered dirty in China. Most people would never want to. But there are millions of stray dogs running around the country and they kill more than a few children every year. When the government kills some dogs, people complain. When the government lets people eat dogs, people complain. When the dogs kill children, people complain.

              I'm sorry to hear that. But do you suppose the festival is butchering the mean child killing dogs for food? I don't see the snarling kind in the pictures. I see the cuddly kind of Arfy Scruffs. Clean and friendly.

              It disturbs me on the notion that these dogs which they use are not cattle-raised; isolated from our familial behaviors. The article mentions abandoned pets and strays. These are dogs who have been raised to trust us as friends.

                The stray dogs that take over parks and playgrounds are a lot harder to catch. You have to assume these festival people are going after pets because they're less likely to attack the people catching them. When it comes to making a buck under the table, people tend to take the easiest route.