Yulin dog meat festival returns with 10,000 dogs on the menu.
Yulin is a town in Southern China in which each year an unimaginable atrocity takes place. It is called Yulin festival, but be certain there is nothing festive about it. People come together from all over China and participate in dog-meat eating ceremonies, and as a result, more than 10,000 canines meet their fate.
When dogs were first bred from wild wolves, thousands of years ago, they were designed for one purpose only, companionship. It was never meant for people to eat dog-meat. What the people of China are doing is nothing short of a crime.
Vendors slaughter dogs and sell their meat to many restaurants in the area; people, then, visit such restaurants for dog flesh.
The Chinese people believe that dogs’ meat has magical abilities that will grant its eater potency and promote his health, but what they do not know is that they only promote various diseases through this ill-regulated industry.
Animal rights activists have been buying dogs from butchers over the past few months, trying to save as many as possible, whereas, the local residents were upset that foreigners are ruining their ‘local tradition.’
Hashtags #StopYulin2016 and #YulinDogMeatFestival have circulated Twitter, and people from all over the world were criticizing the cruelty with which the pups are treated. But it seems that China does not plan to end it all.
Over the years the local government in Yulin have been trying to dissociate itself from the butchery by forbidding its employees from attending and shutting down a small number of dog slaughterhouses, but this proved to be useless.
Much of the animals abused in Yulin’s festival are pets stolen from their owners, or innocent strays roaming the streets. What happens next is horrifying as thousands of animals are stuffed in small trucks to be transferred to Yulin, and as a result, many dies of overcrowdedness.
When a local resident of Yulin was asked of the entire conundrum, this was his reply:
“It’s been a tradition for years for us to celebrate the festival. We can’t change it simply because they [animal lovers] love dogs.“
Hopefully, the social media outrage and the pressure on the Chinese government would put an end to this.
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