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Yulin Government To Ban Selling Of Dogs During Festival

Yulin Government To Ban Selling Of Dogs During Festival

| On 18, May 2017

Who among us doesn’t know what is Yulin Festival?

Well, for those who are not informed, Yulin Festival features dog and cat meat festival where the animals were brutally bludgeoned to death in the belief that they are tastier. It has been hit by animal rights activists from all over the world.

When the festival was highlighted, about 15,000 cats and dogs were slaughtered. In 2014, the numbers tremendously dropped to 2,000 to 3,000. Thanks to the effort from animal lovers, last year, about under a thousand dogs and cats were brutally slaughtered.

Now, there is a good news: the Yulin government will prohibit the trade of cat and dog meat in the festival.

Peter Li, China’s Policy specialist at Humane Society International, says: “The Yulin dog meat festival is not over just yet, but if this news is true as we hope, it is a really big nail in the coffin for a gruesome event that has come to symbolise China’s crime-fuelled dog meat trade. Millions of dogs and cats are stolen each year, including pets, and driven thousands of miles across China to be bludgeoned to death in front of each other. As opposition to this trade has grown within China and across the world, much focus has been placed on the Yulin festival and so it is significant politically that the authorities are taking the outrage to curb this cruelty seriously. At last year’s Yulin festival there were roadblocks set up to deter dog trucks coming in, and now this ban signals further progress. Regrettably, many dogs and cats will still be killed for the Yulin festival in advance of the ban, so their suffering is not over yet, but this is certainly a milestone victory and we commend the Yulin authorities for taking this action.”

Contrary to the belief, the killing of dogs and cats during the Yulin Festival is not a tradition. It’s only a gimmick by meat traders in 2010 to boost sales.

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