No Ban: Animal Activists Say China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival is Back

Posted June 23, 2017

Many celebs who normally tweet and post about it have been silent believing that the festival was over, Ricky Gervais being one of them. There aren't even alot of activists there.

"It's sad that there isn't a larger social media presence about it like previous year". As we mentioned based on the information we received and our sit down meetings with the Yulin government - THERE IS NO BAN.

Protests against the festival come both from overseas and from within China. "And many more dogs will die because of it".

"Our honest hope is that Congress will expeditiously pass this measure, sending a strong signal to all nations that we will not stand by while the brutal and inhumane treatment and consumption of dog and cat meat continues". "The only people who ever heard of the ban were foreigners".

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Numerous animals showed the behaviour of pets, sparking fears they had been stolen to be turned into mid-summer meals.

Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters During the Yulin festival dead dogs can be seen hanging from hooks along the city's streets.

Animal rights groups posted videos of efforts to block trucks carrying dogs destined for the market.

From there, a lengthy standoff ensued that lasted well into the night with hundreds of volunteers facing off against police, urging them to enforce China's animal control laws and let the dogs go free. The government of Yulin has also maintained that it does not officially organise the festival and can not ban it for the same reason.

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It takes place in Yulin, a city in the Guangxi province of China, and runs from the 21 to 30 June during one of the hottest weeks of the year.

"The price of dog meat is higher over a year ago", said a seller surnamed Zhao.

"Despite the fact that there does not seem to be a ban on all dog meat, the festival appears to be smaller this year, with fewer dogs losing their lives to this cruel industry", Irene Feng of Animals Asia said. In peak years, an estimated 10,000 dogs were killed for the celebration.

It is all about accusations of animal cruelty and changes in attitudes to dogs in China. Without demand from Chinese citizens or tourists, there is no impetus to continue the trade. "China's animal protection movement is composed of millions of animal-loving young people", says Li.

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Li says people wanting to take action to end the Yulin festival can send letters or emails to their country's Chinese ambassadors (in the US, it's Cui Tiankai) urging the country to stop the dog meat trade as a whole, and noting that it's damaging to "China's reputation, reinforcing stereotypes about China, the Chinese people, and Chinese culture".