For the past several years, prior to the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival which takes place in Yulin, China, during the month of June, reports have circulated that the local government might be taking steps to end the horrific dog and cat meat festival this year.
Today, the Humane Society International (HSI) issued a Press Releasethat it, along with Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project, had received reports, once again, that the Yulin government is considering prohibiting restaurants, street vendors, and market traders from selling dog meat at this year’s festival.
This leaves us wondering if the Yulin government is trying to deflect the ongoing and increasing negative attention that the festival draws every year by now suggesting a possible temporary ban on the sale of dog and cat meat.
Furthermore, could this be true since the festival is based on the brutal beating, abuse, and killing of thousands of innocent dogs and cats for their meat every year.
While we would like to believe it is possible, only time will tell.
What we absolutely do know without a doubt is that animal advocates everywhere must continue to put pressure on the Yulin government until the deplorable festival is ended once and for all.
“Every year they say the same thing and when the festival happens thousands of dogs are tortured and killed. If it becomes true, then it will be a victory for the animals,” said Marc Ching who, along with his non-profit The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation(AHWF), has been tirelessly working to help stop the rampant dog and cat meat trade that exists in Asia, and particularly the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. “But do not let up the fight. Do not think for one minute that it is over. Protest. Use your words and your voice. Be their hero.”
According to HSI’s Press Release, they claimed that this time the organization received the information from a Chinese activist prior to it being confirmed by three traders at Yulin’s biggest dog meat market Dongkou.
“It is believed the ban has been initiated by Mr. Mo Gong Ming, Yulin’s new Party Secretary, and will come into effect on 15th June one week prior to the festival that begins on the summer solstice of 21st June,” stated the Press Release which also claimed the temporary ban would be strictly enforced.
“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 symbolize China’s crime-fuelled dog meat trade,” stated Peter Li, China Policy specialist at Humane Society International in the release adding that millions of dogs and cats are stolen each year, including pets, and driven thousands of miles across China to be killed for their meat. “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.”
Last Chance For Animals (LCA) announced that animal advocacy groups are joining forces on Friday, May 19, 2017, beginning at 11:00 AM to denounce the cruel Chinese dog and cat meat trade including the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, at a demonstration outside the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles rally is one of five occurring that day in protest of China’s dog meat industry and in support of United States H.Res. 30, Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade, introduced by Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20) on January 6, 2017.
The other protests will occur at the Chinese Consulates in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.
“This major demonstration will solidify the nation’s stance against the unthinkable cruelty that happens every year in Yulin, as well as the entire Chinese dog and cat meat trade,” said LCA Founder Chris DeRose. “LCA’s mission is to expose, and put an end to, the horrendous abuse.”
Every year, thousands of dogs are beaten, boiled and burned alive for The Yulin Dog Meat Festival during a gruesome celebration of the summer solstice in China.
As previously reported by WAN, in March of this year United States Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20) also introduced H.R. 1406, titled the “Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act” which was supported by The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation(AHWF) and Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL).
If passed, The federal bill would prohibit any person to knowingly ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell, or donate a dog or cat to be slaughtered for human consumption; or dog or cat parts for human consumption.
“The introduction and subsequent passing of H.R. 1406 are extremely important to Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation which has been working tirelessly to stop the dog meat trade in Asia,” said founder Marc Ching who enlisted SCIL’s expertise in generating the animal welfare legislation. “We want the message to be sent worldwide that human consumption of dog and cat meat is unacceptable everywhere, not only in Asia.”
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