Petition against Dog Meat Festival in China

Beginning in 2009 for 10 days every year, the city of Yulin in Guanxi, China, holds a cruel and utterly barbaric Dog Meat Festival.

During summer solstice from June 21 to 30, dogs are paraded in metal and wooden cages, then skinned and cooked for consumption by festival visitors and local residents. About 10,000–15,000 dogs are eaten; the number reportedly had decreased to 1,000 in 2015.

The Chinese had eaten dog meat for thousands of years. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival organizers claim that the dogs are killed humanely and that eating dog is no different from eating pork or beef. Animal rights activists and campaigners, however, claim that the animals are treated cruelly, based on photos and videos of the event showing dogs being beaten to death with metal bars, and skinned and boiled alive. A witness claimed that some of the dogs eaten appeared to be stolen household pets, judging by their collars. (CBC News)

Admittedly, many Americans are not vegetarians and consume animal meat. But a case can and should be made that eating dog and cat meat is not comparable to eating “food-animals” such as cows, pigs, and chickens that are expressly bred for human consumption. Dogs and cats have a special relationship with humans, having been domesticated thousands of years ago. As such, these pet animals have a different nature than food-animals, which makes our eating them for pleasure, not necessity, barbaric. See:

Not all Chinese eat dog meat. In 2016, millions of Chinese supported a legislative proposal by Zhen Xiaohe, a deputy to China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, to ban the dog meat trade, but to no avail.

An editorial in the Chinese government’s official newspaper, People’s Daily, points out that while animal-welfare activists regard dogs as “companion animals”, dogs do not have this special status in the Chinese legal system. A 2015 editorial in Global Times (Huanqiu), a tabloid under the auspices of the People’s Daily which focuses on international issues from the Chinese government’s perspective, called the West’s objection to the Dog Meat Festival a part of the diabolical Western campaign against China.

There is a Change.org petition asking the mayor of Yulin to end the Dog Meat Festival. As of the writing of this post, 83,328 people have signed; the petition’s goal is 150,000 signatures.

To sign the petition, click here.

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Steven Broiles
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I signed the petition. And let it be known that, even though Change.org is a George Soros-funded organization, I do follow it now and then, because it has done some good. It’s not totally leftist and some petitions—like this one—are worthy. While I was there, I signed 10 other petitions, including one to make U.S. military pay EXEMPT from the California state income tax. Eating meat is essential to us: Like almost all other animals, we need CARNATINE, an essential amino acid, to live. (Years ago, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney tried selling vegetarian pet food, and it failed: Even dogs and… Read more »

William
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William

As I understand it every square inch of arable land in China is used for food production. Too many people, not enough food. That’s their Achilles heel. It’s good to know they have one, whatever technological advantages we had were nullified by demonrat treason. But eating dogs and cats – sorry that’s just one click above soylent green IMO. No, snowflakes, they’re not just like us

chemtrails
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chemtrails

You’re forgetting “fetus soup”…. “Snopes” allegedly debunked it but I don’t trust snopes since they’re controlled.

Carey
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Carey

While I disagree with animal abuse, this has been their culture to eat dogs. India finds it repulsive to eat cows. This is a culture thing. In America people eat cows and chickens that are abused in much the same way with feedlots and chicken houses full of chickens that cannot even walk they are so unhealthy. Maybe we should examine the log in our own eye before crying foul on other countries. At the same time, though animals are domesticated as pets, they are not human. As humans, we are created in the image of God. We have an… Read more »

William
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William

I agree with you that animals are certainly not human and do not have rights in the sense that humans do, but we do have a responsibility as higher beings not to abuse them. And it is nauseating to me when people anthropomorphize their pets. I have that argument with my lady companion re: our shelter cat. She’ll say, he’s being a jerk, and I say no, he’s being a cat. Animals, including pets, should live in their natural state and environment as much as possible. Our diet here is meat-centered and it needn’t be. We should not be eating… Read more »

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Freeland_Dave

Having been in Vietnam I was exposed to the Mong who thought dog meat to be a delicacy. While I did not know what it was at the time I ate dog meat and it didn’t taste all that bad. Anyway, after the evacuation a lot of those people settled in Stockton CA and at that time Stockton’s animal control problem was significant. After a year the animal control problem went away. Several years later I went to the annual chili cook-off held in San Antonio Texas and an old Mexican woman who didn’t speak English won. All the officials… Read more »

Carey
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Carey

How kind of you. Honestly, I don’t care what you eat. I don’t eat dog, horse, monkey, etc… I purchase ethically sourced meat direct from the farmer. My point was animals are animals. They should never be abused. I’m not advocating for abuse. What I am advocating is for people to stop worshipping dogs. I see them everywhere I go. We live in an isolated bubble because of my daughter’s allergy. We homeschool. We prepare every meal at home. We rarely can do anything at all now because of dogs being everywhere. They clearly dominate, at least in my small… Read more »

chemtrails
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chemtrails

Actually, there are Indians who eat beef. My DH worked with a guy from India and he ate beef, even in his home country. I think the whole gist of the article is the cruel way they are treated (beaten, boiled alive).

Freeland_Dave
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Freeland_Dave

Oh I agree. But I never hear about how many Chinese eat living monkey brains from living monkeys with their heads screwed in center of a metal ring in the middle of a table. Guess monkeys are not as cute as a little dog. Look, I am not for these practices but unless you have been to a place that slaughters pigs, sheep, goats, cows and other commercial meat producing animals in the US, to wag your finger at another culture for the meat they culturally consume isn’t a good idea and is sort of hypocritical. By the way, I… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

To the evil troll(s) who mark FOTM articles as being AWFUL . . . may you get Rheumatic Arthritis in your dominant hand, index finger for your continuous efforts in marking these same articles as being “Awful.” The only thing awful is your participation in the FOTM effort. I must say when viewing the pictures of the dogs in cages and knowing what their fate was to be, I became nauseated. Together with the thought that someone beloved pets maybe stolen and sent to this market venue is just beyond the pale. May the Heaven’s receive these dogs, who have… Read more »

Freeland_Dave
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Freeland_Dave

Let me see if I understand this. Change.org, a non-political entity with no power over the Chinese Government gas created a petition that 83,328people from all over the planet have signed and the expectation is the Chinese Government is going to listen to them?

How many people are against murdering children in the womb and it still goes on?

Well all I can say is stupid is as stupid does.

chemtrails
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chemtrails

Look at what China does to it’s “political prisoners” and “thought criminals”, they beat them, imprison them, torture them and also give them drugs as they harvest their organs while still alive.
It’s not surprising they do this to the animals too. Those are one of the reasons I have tried to avoid “Made in China” for so many years.

CalGirl
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CalGirl

In China I believe they also raise caged dogs for meat: the big old loveable St. Bernard is their favorite to raise for slaughter/human consumption, b/c it gains weight and grows in size so rapidly. Short time from birth to slaughter and consumption. And then—there’s the consumption of horse meat controversy. Two of our esteemed US race horses, one in Japan an one in Sweden…I think both Kentucky Derby winners…were slaughtered for human consumption when they did not meet their breeding output expectations. Don’t EVEN ask me about the Mexican slaughter houses for horse meat…. where most of our pet… Read more »

Chemtrailssuck
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One of our neighbors told my DH that our scum sucking inbred neighbor starved their horse recently, they’ve had their dogs taken away before but they just get new ones. People call about them all the time and the county and the cops do almost nothing to them. Starving a horse to death, if you called the humane society they wouldn’t do anything, sad but true.