Animal Advocates Save 29 Dogs From Yulin Dog Meat Festival, Petition China To Stop Event

Humane Society International saved a total of 34 dogs and cats from a slaughterhouse in advance of the controversial Chinese festival.

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A distressed dog destined for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. Via Humane Society International
A distressed dog destined for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. Via Humane Society International
John Virata

With an annual dog meat festival in China fast approaching, animal rights advocates and dog lovers are doing as much as they can to rescue some of the animals destined to be eaten at the controversial festival.

Humane Society International (HSI) recently rescued 34 animals — 21 dogs, eight puppies, and five cats and kittens — from a slaughterhouse in Yulin, China. The animals reportedly would have been served up to attendees at this year’s Yulin Festival. According to those who oppose the festival, close to 3,000 animals were killed and eaten at last year’s festival, The Telegraph reports.

“The police presence is heavy in Yulin right now, and the atmosphere is very tense, so this was not an easy rescue,” Peter Lin, a China policy specialist with HSI, told The Telegraph.

Humane Society International wants to end the Yulin Dog-Eating Festival in China. Via Humane Society International

Humane Society International wants to end China’s Yulin Festival, during which attendees eat dog meat. Via Humane Society International

“The dogs and cats were clearly afraid, especially the older dogs who looked very fearful,” he added. “But once they realized we weren’t there to hurt them, but in fact we would make their suffering stop at last, they very quickly responded with licks and wagging tails. It’s shocking to think that if we had not been there, all these animals would have been beaten to death and eaten.”

The Yulin government was presented with a petition signed by 11 million people demanding that the dog-eating festival end, Time reports.

“Yulin is a total embarrassment to China,” Xu Yufeng, founder of Beijing Mothers Against Animal Cruelty, told Time. She and millions of others think the event should end. She calls for ending of the festival “in the interests of public security, food safety, social morality and China’s reputation.”

Protestors have had some success in recent years. The Chinese government in 2011 banned the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival in the Zhejiang province of China, a festival that was first held six centuries ago, according to Time.

Not all in China want to see an end to the dog-eating festival because it is perceived as demands from those outside China. The Global Times, described as a pro-Beijing newspaper, says China should not bow down to what it sees as Western pressure, even though millions of Chinese are said to have signed the petition.

“It is understandable that many Westerners oppose eating dog meat,” the Global Times wrote in a June 15 editorial. Muslims and Hindus have their own taboos against eating some particular kind of meat, and in their eyes, some Western-style eating habits might be insulting. Unfortunately, now Westerners are demanding non-Westerners change their eating habits, because they think their cultures and feelings deserve more respect than others. Such a condescending attitude is not comfortable. It is true that Western culture holds a dominant position among all cultures. On the eve of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, the Korean government had to carry out a mild blow to dog meat restaurants under the strong protest of many Western NGOs.”

The editorial continued to say that eating dog meat is not a popular tradition throughout much of China, and says the Yulin Festival is just an individual case. It also noted that as more Chinese keep dogs as pets, they will likely reconsider how dogs fit into their lives.

With the June 21 festival fast approaching, hopefully more animals can be saved.

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  • Its 2016 not the Dark Ages ….. Its time for everyone globally to realise we dont have the right to abuse or torture animals for recreation ( sport ) or for food …. I have a history in farming . All animals deserve respect and honour … Im a vegitarian and have resuced countless animals in my life ….hopefully this will continue till all realise just bcause we have a tongue in our heads that can form words …. That We all have thoughts and feelings …. Any abuse on animals and vunerables is not excusable . We are to advance. Not to turn a blind eye… to do so is to take a slege hammer and bludgeon a calf many times on the head to kill kill it ….. This while it waits in terror watching those before him fall tonthe same fate. AustrAlia sends it calf etc to vietnam For ur BURGER . …..alll ur truly gettng is a hormone induced fed animal who last moments are so horrific it secretes the the fear stress pain hormones into its very being for You to ingest ….. Is this healthy or ethical No …… If we or you have to eat meat pease please make the animsls life a good one before its sacrifice You … And more importantly the quickest most humane death possible ( normally a bullet is the fastest way they cannot register … But ecomonics dictate ……cruel and lengthy deaths are cheaper ……… This is INSANE ….we are living in 2016 cone on anything else is a ootal cop out ……..lastly appreciate life and what we have … Do not abuse power or the voiceless or the . If you do ……… One day it could be you

    Kim Regan June 16, 2016 3:17 pm Reply
  • Stop please, ıts terrible ıts not festival

    Neslihan June 16, 2016 3:21 pm Reply

    Tara June 16, 2016 3:52 pm Reply
  • Doggy stew sounds good right now. Cat fried rice as well.

    Doggy stew June 16, 2016 3:57 pm Reply
    • U r cruel

      Melanie June 16, 2016 8:34 pm Reply
  • Please stop this sick dog meat festival. Dogs are for family pets, they are a member of the family.

    Debra June 16, 2016 3:59 pm Reply
  • They (cat and dog) are friend not food!!!

    Linda June 16, 2016 5:18 pm Reply
  • Stop this killing of poor innocent animals. You are monsters.

    Irene schulz June 16, 2016 6:03 pm Reply
  • Karma is coming for you. You are horrible!

    Beth Ashmore June 16, 2016 6:39 pm Reply
  • Dont do that horrible things with the best men friend. They are innocent and they dont diserve that. Plese I beg you, they suffers the same like you. Dont do it, please

    Maria Teresa Gerlero June 16, 2016 8:08 pm Reply
  • Please stop this.. it is do very wrong!! These animals do not deserve this!!!!

    Melanie June 16, 2016 8:32 pm Reply
  • Please this horror and cruel torched!

    Terri Zwagerman June 16, 2016 9:25 pm Reply
  • stop it !!! you people are monsters!

    francine June 16, 2016 11:27 pm Reply
  • the cruel acts of torture to these cats and dogs is barbaric and evil, all peoples must stop it now. the humane society in all these countries must make stronger moves to rescue all these animals. its time the heads of these countries stand up and make it a punishable act.

    yvonne lenger June 17, 2016 5:52 am Reply
  • if one is to end the yulin , it must be made so illegal that those doing it would be punished. i care less about china’s views of this as a “western pressure” at lest we don’t slaughter our cows while they’re still alive. i like dogs and none should be put through this

    Shawn Lennox June 17, 2016 8:42 am Reply
  • U guys that eat pets like cats @dogs are sick.Stop it immediately u idiots.U guys are a shame to the human race.

    Dan June 17, 2016 12:16 pm Reply
  • Cats and dogs are one of most clever animals dogs will love and protect thier owners they would sacrifice themselves and don’t think about themselves to protect thier owners why would u kill and torture them when u can enjoy thier love this is stupid we are in the 21st century I can’t believe Chinese or any human would do that its heart breaking and proven that some people are worse than animals I hope u get the punishment for killing these poor animals there’s so many u can eat why u want dogs and cats it’s bringing tears to my eyes I have cats and they love me like am thier parent and I feel so sad to know that theirs other out thier are so feared and getting tortured to death for people’s pleasure plz stop this find it in your heart to give them a loving home instead of ending hell plz plz

    Lisa June 17, 2016 3:34 pm Reply

    Sandra Ford June 17, 2016 7:56 pm Reply
  • Stop this horrible practice of torturing innocent animals…this is not the dark ages!

    Lori papp June 17, 2016 8:50 pm Reply
  • stop eat dogs and cats . they are pets. stop doing cruel to the animals. have some re the. t
    sfect for them. they are Allah creature too.

    Erna Febrianti June 18, 2016 12:04 am Reply

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