Have you guys heard of the YuLin Dog Meat Festival? If you haven’t, allow me to inform you. It’s a heinous act practiced in China once a year. Approximately 10,000 dogs are taken from their loving homes or picked up from the streets so that they can be tortured (beaten, skinned and boiled alive) and eaten.
This so-called “festival” has often been confused with being an ancient Chinese tradition when this is not the case. It dates back just to 2009 when it was launched in China’s southwest to celebrate the summer solstice.
What makes this heinous practice even more deplorable is the way these dogs are brought to the event. They are brought from as far as central and north China’s Henan and Shandong– over 1,000 miles away! Not only that, but they are brought in tiny wire cages (as seen above and below) where they are unable to extend their limbs and are deprived of food and water for days on the arduous trip.
By the time these dogs reach their destination, they are severely malnourished, dehydrated and underweight. Some of them are on the precipice of death, some are already dead from the injuries they received or from being poisoned. Due to the way they obtain these poor, defenseless dogs and lack of medical care, disease runs rampant.
There is hope, however. Before, it was illegal in China to keep dogs as pets, but the laws have since been changed and many households include dogs as part of the family. Because of this, many are speaking out against dog meat and shunning it, which is decreasing the number of dog slaughters throughout China. This year alone, 20% less dogs were killed at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
For more information on this barbaric “festival”, please visit the official Stop Yulin Forever website: http://www.stopyulinforever.org. It gives you an even more thorough idea of what the festival is about, the petition to end the festival, and more on the team leading the charge of this campaign. It’s also where you can sign up for the march.
If you’re in LA and you have a fur baby that you love with all your heart, take them with you to the Stop Yulin Forever March on Sunday, October 4th at 10:00am at MacArthur Park on World Animal Day.
Unfortunately, seeing as I live in Central America, I won’t be able to be there physically, but my two babies and I will be there in spirit!